Rosalind Ormiston


I am an art and architectural historian. I write features for art magazines and newspapers, with many books published, on art movements, and artists, including Hieronymus Bosch, Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt, William Morris, Egon Schiele and Edward Hopper.


I live in London and Cumbria. I joined Kingston University as a visiting lecturer in 2002/3, teaching art, architecture and design history. 

I write for commercial and academic publications, with books on art for several publishers. I write travel features too, and when possible, visit places that hold my interest, from the Cotswolds to Casablanca; Den Bosch to Dublin.


On these pages you will find information on commissioned books, and interviews.




As a Cumbria Life 'Culture Awards 2017' judge I attended the Awards at the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, Cumbria.It was a brilliant night, attended by the CEO, and the Chairman of the Arts Council.  Cumbria Life honoured an amazing group of people, for poetry, writing, music, art, design, theatre, one-off culture events, plus special awards for outstanding achievements. Cumbria has such talented people.



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At launch of C-Art festival at Rheged, Penrith, Cumbria on 8 September. A  must-see exhibition of Cumbrian artists latest work. Look out for Jan Marshall's installations (her phenomenal studio in Carlisle is open during C-Art month. (see photo carousel above).



At Rheged book to join the Belgian Captain Boomer 'Lowthermere' experience, 250 metres below ground; down to a hidden lake of clear blue water under Rheged. Sensational.



23 September  2017-28 January 2018. This major retrospective of Cumbrian artist Percy Kelly will be bringing everyone to Carlisle. I am writing about Kelly, and the exhibition curated by Chris wadsworth, Kelly biographer, for Artists & Illustrators mag.




In Cumbria: Carlisle-Tullie House and roman cavalry;  Pop painting at Abbot Hall, Kendal, tea at Lanercost priory, Brampton; Hadrian's wall, Blackwell, Brewery arts centre, Kendal -  so much to see, and do - fab.


JULY 2017


ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATORS magazine, July issue, has my five-page feature on the late Howard Hodgkin, titled 'Howard Hodgkin: A Life in Colour', 28-33.




Just viewed the stunningly beautiful 'The Caged Bird's Song', a vast tapestry transferred from a waterolour tryptich by Chris Ofili. It's on show at the National Gallery, London, in 'Weaving Magic' in the Sunley Room until 28 August (see carousel above)