Gerda Roper

Gerda Roper, Emeritus Professor of Fine Art, was Dean of the School of Arts and Media, and Director of the Research Institute of Design, Culture and the Arts, at Teesside University. She was responsible there for writing the Art and Design submission for the REF (Research Excellence Framework ).She was previously Assistant Dean for Research at Northumbria University with responsibility for 79 PhD students and 12 Units of Assessment for the REF. She was a long term member of the North East Culture Group.

Born in Cardiff, on completion of a MFA from Reading University, she taught Painting from 1975 to 1984 at Newport College of Art with the artists, Keith Arnatt, Ernest Zobole, John Selway, David Hurn, Erika Daborn and many more.

Since retirement from Academia and returning to Wales, in late 2016, she has been working full time painting and drawing.

Professor Roper’s work has been purchased privately and is also in public collections (Newport Museum and Art Gallery, Northumberland Libraries, Teesside University, Northumbria University and Contemporary Art Society Wales (CASW)). She was the Patron of the Christopher Dresser Society in North Yorkshire and is now a member of the executive of CASW.

Professor Roper will be giving an open CASW lecture on 19th March 2019 called “A Painter’s Response “, about inspiration and re-cycling images, together with a further lecture on 23rd March to Art Central Friends at Barry Library.

Professor Roper’s work is available to be seen at her studio in Barry Island and on her website.


Born: Cardiff, Wales.

Lives: Barry, Wales.



Reading University

Exeter University

Gloucestershire College of Art, Cheltenham.

Selected recent exhibitions:

2018 Art Central Gallery, Barry

2018 Exhibited at MOMA (Museum of Modern Art), Summer Show, Machynlleth.

2018 February / March. Kooywood Gallery, Cardiff: mixed show, 10 paintings, 5 drawings.

2017 Work in both Private and Public Collections.

2015 Included in the publication 'Post-War to Post -Modern: A Dictionary of Artists In Wales'.

2017 Legend Exhibition. Machynlleth Museum of Modern Art Wales.

2017 Selected for Royal West of England Academy 165th Annual Exhibition.

2008 'Where the Birds Sing' one-person exhibition. The Waterfront Gallery - Pembrokeshire.

2007 'The Nude'. Newport Museum and Art Gallery.

1996 'Fable & Fantasy' - an exhibition of seven artists including Paula Rego - Anna Maria Pachecho. Elizabeth Frink, Vicarage Gallery Newcastle upon Tyne - with a catalogue. introduction by Peter Suchin - Critic in Residence for the Year of Visual Arts.

1996 'Divers Memories'. Lieksa Museum - Karelia - Finland.

1996 Group Show 'Artlanta'. Hatton Gallery - Newcastle upon Tyne and King Plow Centre Atlanta - part of Year of the Visual Arts 1996.

1996 'Divers Memories'. Manchester Museum.

1996 Project Manager - A Japanese Garden 'The Moon Garden'. BNFL Westlakes - Cumbria.

1995 'Divers Memories'. Derby Fotofess.

1995 One-person exhibition. University Gallery - University of Northumbria.

1994 'Divers Memories'. Pitt Rivers Museum - Oxford.

1988 'An Exhibition of Artists Working in the North' at Wynyard Hall.

1987 'Four Private Views' Harry Holland - Linda Brill - Tony Turner - Gerda Roper. South Square Gallery - Thornton – Bradford.

1987 'Four Private Views'. Dean Clough Halifax.

1986 Selected and exhibited at the Leicestershire Exhibition Collection - Beaumanor Hall.

1986 Women on Men'. Cahill and Grebler Gallery London.

1985 Exhibition to mark the citing of the painting 'Palm Sunday Beaulieu' purchased by Contemporary Arts Society Wales. St Davids Hall - Cardiff.

1985-86 Women Artists in Wales Arts Council Touring show - curated by Moira Vincentelli.

1984 Works from the Collection. Oriel Gallery - Cardiff.

1981 One-person exhibition. Newport Museum and Art Gallery.

1980 One-person exhibition 'One hundred drawings'. Llantarnam Grange - Cwmbran.

1975 One-person exhibition. Cardiff University.