Honorary degrees, July 2010 - no.3 Ken Ford

Posted by mjs76 at Jul 09, 2010 11:35 AM |
Famous sculptor; a Leicester lad whose work can be seen in our current garden exhibition.

Ken Ford is an internationally acclaimed artist whose sculptures reflect people and landscape. He will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Leicester on 14 July.

Born and raised in Birstall, young Kenneth Ford was inspired to become an artist by the difference he saw between the city streets where he lived and the countryside around his grandparents’ house near Stapleford.

He studied at Leicester College of Art before going down to London to attend the Royal College of Art where he graduated with first class honours. When he returned to Leicester, the College had become part of Leicester Polytechnic, where Ford was Head of Sculpture from 1967 to 1988. (Four years later, the Poly became De Montfort University.)

Ford has been a professional artist since 1955 and his work has been widely exhibited in the UK and abroad. He has often featured in the University’s annual Sculpture in the Garden exhibition. In fact, you can see his 1981 piece ‘Albion: An Allegory of View’ in our Botanic Garden now; it’s on the North side of the lawn in front of Beaumont House.