Friends Talk: Peter Ford RE RWA

On Wednesday 3 May Peter Ford RWA will be giving a free talk exclusively for Friends…

Peter Ford RE RWA – ‘Size Matters – My Life with Bookplates’
Wednesday 3 May 6-7pm – Family Room, RWA
. Book here.

Peter Ford is an artist specializing in experimental printmaking and papermaking (see our Q&A with Peter here.) This illustrated talk will be focused on ‘ExLibris’ – also known as bookplates – and the impact that making bookplates has had on his focus as an artist.

Peter says:

“Most people who are interested in graphic art and books will know that a bookplate is a small printed label to identify the ownership of books in a personal or institutional library.

My first encounter with contemporary artist-designed bookplates was thirty-seven years ago in Poland and Russia. I was intrigued by these small-scale designs which inventively combined text and image. At first, I made bookplates for myself, sometimes using a pseudonym, and family members. After joining the Bookplate Society I received commissions and occasionally I still do.

In 1994 I did not anticipate the transforming affect this new direction would have on my subsequent life. For example, if I had not made ExLibris designs and exhibited them internationally I would not have been invited to exhibit in China in 2007. The story and the travels continue…. “

Friends can book their free places here.

Peter making paper on his rooftop

Image top: Ex libris Helen Lee: 12.5 x 12 cm   2021

The Friends of the RWA is an independent charity that supports the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol’s first art gallery. 
For just £35 a year Friends can make unlimited visits to RWA exhibitions and enjoy a host of other benefits, as well as making an important contribution to the arts in Bristol and the South West. Find out more and join up here.

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