Professor Rob Ward: Sculptor, teacher and cricketer
Professor Rob Ward frequently works and exhibits overseas and a major exhibition of his work was recently held in Shanghai.
“One of the peculiarities of being a sculptor based in Yorkshire is that you don’t get a lot of interest from London, which is the centre of the art world in this country.
“So my work developed outside the British art scene to a great extent. It’s as easy for me to get on an aeroplane at Leeds and go to Germany or even China. So my work has become more international.”
Rob was born in Nottingham but grew up in Derbyshire and, as a gifted cricketer, he had outings for the county side before heading to university in Newcastle and then Reading for studies in fine art. The University of Huddersfield professorship is the latest in a long sequence of Yorkshire connections. For many years he was at Bretton Hall College, near Wakefield, and worked on the National Arts Education Archive that was based there.
Read more about Professor Ward’s creation for Researchers’ Night.