Applications accepted from 18 January to 2 April

​​ The Richard and Siobhán Coward Foundation ​​

About the Foundation

 We are a small charitable Foundation whose  purposes are:  

  1.  To promote, preserve, develop or practise the art of analogue photography;
  2. To support the provision of art therapy through photography for disabled and disadvantaged children and young people;
  3. To support learning in the art of analogue photography.

 The art of analogue photography, using various alterntive processes, while not yet dead, is at risk of becoming an historic  technique.  There is evidence to suggest that working photographers are  interested in the art  of analogue photography.  Galleries and similar organisations offer courses in analogue  photography and printmaking but these courses can be prohibitively expensive for many  practitioners to be able to attend them.  The grant of, say, £250, by the Foundation, would  enable them to attend on such courses alternatively be able to purchase the necessary  equipment to pursue their interest in analogue photography.

With the rise of digital photography the traditions and techniques of analogue photography  are  at risk.  Few people now appreciate, let along understand, what it took to create    photographic  images through analogue means and many photographic practitioners find it  hard to acquire  the necessary skills to keep the processes alive.  The Foundation wants to support practitioners to research the various alternative processes, learn the traditional skills and continue to  apply them in order to  promote, preserve and develop the art of analogue photography.
    
 Art therapy has proven to be vital for the well being of disabled and disadvantaged children and young adults.  There have been numerous articles in the media on how the provision of art  therapy has helped disabled and disadvantaged children and young adults.    Learning how to use a camera, be it a small digital camera or, say, a pinhole and learning  photographic processes such as printing from film, is  magical  and involving  and provides both children and young people with some respite from  their daily lives.

    








    


Richard Coward

      
 Richard started out as a fashion photographer working in black and white,  but by the time  of his death  he had added printmaking, abstract painting,  etching and film-making to his  skills.

 Richard left school in Cheam at 16 and started working at an advertising agency in  Soho as a  runner. After a few months there, he moved to a photographic studio in Chelsea. 

 Living and working in central London in the '60s, Richard had fun but also  worked hard at his  photography. He specialized in black-and-white portrait  photography and was largely self-taught,  although he did obtain a degree at the  Polytechnic of Central London (now University of  Westminster) in the late '80s where he experimented with various alternative photographic processes.

 In the early '70s, to supplement his freelance work, Richard turned to teaching  part-time, first at  Bournemouth School of Art, then Portsmouth College of Art,  and, for many years, at the Cass  School of Art in Whitechapel, east London.

 By the end of the '70s Richard had acquired his first studio in Wapping, east  London. Among those  he photographed there were Simple Minds and the Sham  69 front man Jimmy Pursey. He also became very interested in filmmaking and was involved in the making of several short films including an early documentary on the work of the composer Michael Nyman.

After moving to Norwich in 1991, Richard took up silkscreen printing and, over the years spent there, produced a large body of very colourful, abstract, oil based silkscreen monoprints. He had several exhibitions of his  prints both in the UK and abroad.

 A selection of Richard's photographic work is in  the collections of the  National Portrait  Gallery in London and in the collections of the  Scottish Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.  Churchill College, Cambridge and The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic at Edinburgh University have a selection of his  silkscreen monoprints in their collections. 

 Works  from both his photographic and his silkscreen monoprints are also in private  collections in the UK and abroad.

To view Richard's work, go to:    www.richardcowardphotography.com

Richard's abstract and colourful silkscreen monoprints, all executed in oil, can be purchased via the above website. The net proceeds from the sale of these works will go to the Foundation.

The Trustees

Siobhán Coward
Jane Robinson
Jane  has over 30 years of experience in the UK museums sector.  Having starting out as a textile conservator at the V&A in London then at the Fashion Museum in Bath, she moved to Scotland and into management in 1997 and for 15 years  worked with Museums Galleries Scotland, the national agency and development body for Scottish museums.  Now working part-time as a freelance museum development consultant, Jane also pursues a wide range of art, craft, environmental and horticultural activities.
   
 Siobhán  is a retired solicitor.  For many years she worked in the City of London.  She moved to Norwich in 1991 and was a member of the Senior Management team at Aviva plc in her capacity as Director of Dispute Resolution. Siobhán established the Foundation in memory of her long term partner
( and, towards the end, husband), and true friend, Richard Coward.
Philip Wragg
Isabelle Wragg
 Philip was born in Cambridge. He was educated at Fettes College, Edinburgh and Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Philip is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors working mainly for charities helping disadvantaged members of society.

He has a keen interest in photography for work and pleasure.
   
Isabelle was born in France. She was educated at school in Peckham, south London; the London School of Economics; Kings College London and CASS Business School.
Isabelle is a Chartered Surveyor & Civil Servant  in the Department for Education. Her interests include pre World War 2 films, particularly French, German and Russian.