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Ross H Frew

I am a Scottish practitioner based in Newcastle upon Tyne. My practice sits at the intersection between art and design and consists mainly of bricolage, collage, and drawing. My current focus is the development of useable/functional objects that address issues of consumption, sustainability and materiality through the reuse and recycling of waste materials.

I often collaborate and have worked with artists, designers, and the public to make furniture, typefaces, poetry, ceramics, and a paper plane collection.

Recent projects include the ‘Solidarity Workshop’ with The Newbridge Project (2019) and ‘Swithering Principles Workshop’ with BALTIC39 (2019). For the former, Artist Oliver Perry, the local community, and I produced a seating arrangement from the Newbridge studios’ waste material. During the exhibition ‘For Solidary’, the seats were used as a place for exchange. The latter involved working alongside graphic design studio [blank spacecraft] to run a workshop during the ‘Ways of Learning’ exhibition. We asked members of the public to design a single letter to be used in the creation of a collective, participatory typeface.

Ross H Frew
B. 1984 , Irvine, Scotland.
Lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne.

2019 Design MA with Distinction , Northumbria University
2010 Art Museum and Gallery Studies , University of Newcastle
2007 BA(Hons) Second (upper) Degree, Fine Art , DOJCAD, Dundee University

Selected Solo and Two Person Exhibitions
2019 Planes, Principles, and Platforms, Gallery North, Newcastle upon Tyne 2018 An Island, An Astronomical Object…, Studio Pavillion, Glasgow
2018 Local Aggregate, ArtHouses, Whitley Bay
2017 We Make Up a Story…, with Gayle Meikle, ArtHouses, Whitley Bay2016 Colourless Green Ideas, Lost Arch, Newcastle upon Tyne
2016 Neoliberalism Started With Pinochet, with Gayle Meikle, BALTIC39, Newcastle upon Tyne
2015 A Certain Distance, Gallery North Project Space, Newcastle upon Tyne
2015 Locus of Points, Intermedia Gallery, Glasgow
2013 Import / Export, with Pete Fleming, SOIL, Seattle, US
2013 Hold Your Silence, Paper Mountain, Perth, AU
2013 Golden Canon / Zlatý Kánon, M.odla, Prague, CZ
2012 Nigh Hylic, Briggait, Glasgow
2011 Ipso Facto, with Richard Taylor, Superclub, Edinburgh

Selected Group Exhibitions & Events
2019 For Solidarity, The Newbridge Project, Gateshead
2019 Mark Making: Perspectives on Drawing, GOMA, Glasgow
2019 Ways of Learning, BALTIC39, Newcastle upon Tyne
2017 Ambiguous Utopia, with Gayle Meikle & Simon Raven, Northern Charter, Newcastle upon Tyne
2016 Drawing Through Process, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow
2015 Paper, Table, Wall & After, Taiwan National University of Arts, Taipei, TW
2015 Platform 2015, Edinburgh Arts Festival, Edinburgh
2014 Paper, Table, Wall & After, Gallery North, Newcastle upon Tyne
2012 Artists’ Books, group exhibition, DCA, Dundee
2012 Market Gallery Lending Library, Gi project, Glasgow
2010 Living Sculpture: Knowledge Exchange, HMC, Dundee
2007 Now I Know My ABC’s, group exhibition, SWG3, Glasgow

2020 Freeloads Foundation Emergency Relief Fund
2020 A-N Artist Bursary Award
2015 Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Visual Arts and Craft Award
2014 Creative Scotland Artist Bursary
2012 Craignish Emerging Visual Arts Residency Award
2007 SWG3 Studio Warehouse Student Graduate Award