Ross H Frew

Newcastle & Gateshead

I am a Scottish artist based in Newcastle upon Tyne. My practice sits at the intersection between contemporary art practice and design and consists mainly of bricolage, collage, and drawing. My current focus is the development of useable/functional objects with a sense of ad-hoc-ism.

These works 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.



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

2022 Sit and Look, Gallery 36, Newcastle upon Tyne
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 Bay
2016 Colourless Green Ideas, Lost Arch, Newcastle upon Tyne
2016 Neoliberalism Started With Pinochet, with Gayle Meikle, BALTIC39, 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

2021 Now That’s What I Call Art, NCA, Newcastle upon Tyne
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
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
2012 Artists’ Books, group exhibition, DCA, Dundee
2007 Now I Know My ABC’s, group exhibition, SWG3, Glasgow


2021 Arts Council England Develop Your Creative Practice Grant Award
2020 Freelands 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


2021 SSW, Summer Residency Programme, Aberdeenshire
2017 PICA Studio Residency, Perth, AUS
2017 Studio Pavillion, Glasgow
2016 AA2A, University of Sunderland Ceramic Dept, Sunderland
2015 Highland Print Studio, Inverness
2014 Paper Studio Northumbria, Northumbria University, Newcastle
2014 Taigh Chearsabhagh, Focal Programme, Isle of North Uist
2013 Walled Garden, The Bothy Project, Glasgow
2013 Paper Mountain, Perth, AUS
2013 AIR Antonínská, Prague, CZ
2012 Cove Park Emerging Visual Artist Residency

Public Commissions

2013 Mural, Mono Cafe Bar, Glasgow
2013 Joondalup City Mural Project, AUS
2012 Parallel Syntax, South Ayrshire Council Contemporary Art Collection

Workshops, Teaching and Talks

2020 Green Project Lead Artist, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
2019 For Solidarity Furniture Workshop, Lead Artist, The Newbridge Project, Gateshead
2019 Peace Day Celebrations Workshop, Lead Artist, Discovery Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne
2019 Swithering Principles Workshop, Lead Artist, Ways of Learning, BALTIC 39, Newcastle
2018 Paper Making Workshop, Lead Artist, Paper Studio Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne
2017 Guest Lecturer, Glasgow Clyde College, Glasgow
2017 Guest Lecturer, University of Sunderland, Sunderland
2015 Guest Lecturer, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne
2015 Guest Artist and Project leader, Portree Academy, Portree, Isle of Skye
2015 Guest Artist and Project leader, Portree Primary School, Portree, Isle of Skye
2014 Guest Speaker, Taigh Chearsabhagh, Isle of North Uist
2013, Paper Conservation Masterclass , Participant, Northumbria University, Newcastle
2013 Guest Artist, Blender Gallery Artist Programme, Blender Gallery, Joondalup
2012 Guest Artist, Artist Rooms Drawing Programme, Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

Skills & Experience

  • Technical: exhibition build
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