All venues are in London unless otherwise stated. An asterisk denotes a publication.

    ONE-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
  • 1977 Large Outdoor Sculpture, University of Kent at Canterbury
  • 1982 Six Bronzes: Nubian Series, The Vicarage
  • 2017 Richard Rome at Canary Wharf. Curated by Ann Elliott. 41 Sculptures including five large outdoor works
    TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
  • 1969 New Sculpture Annexe, Brighton College of Art (with David Whitaker)*
  • 1970 Kingston upon Thames Museum and Art Gallery (with David Whitaker)
  • 1972 Kingston upon Thames Museum and Art Gallery
  • 2015 Palindrome. The 60s Art of Brian Rice and Richard Rome. Studio 3 Gallery, University of Kent, at Canterbury
    SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
  • 1964 Pictures for Schools, South London Art Gallery
  • 1966 Young Contemporaries, RBA Galleries*
  • 1966 Magdalen College, Oxford
  • 1969 Sussex University
  • 1972 Fine Art Department, Brighton Polytechnic (part of Brighton Festival)*
  • 1975 Summer Show 2, Serpentine Gallery
  • 1975 Inaugural exhibition, AIR Gallery***
  • 1978 Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton
  • 1979 Hayward Annual 1979, Hayward Gallery*
  • 1982 Darwin College, University of Kent at Canterbury
  • 1982 Crowther, Rogers, Wyatt, Rome and Stark, Gillian Jason Gallery, London
  • 1982 Sculpture at the Park, Park Gallery, Cheltenham (part of Cheltenham Festival)
  • 1982 Sculpture, Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury
  • 1983 Why Sculpture - Part 1, West Surrey College of Art & Design, Farnham, Surrey
  • 1983 Triangle Artists' Workshop exhibition, Pine Plains, New York*
  • 1983 53 83 Three Decades of Artists in Inner London art schools, Royal Academy of Arts*
  • 1984 Warwick Arts Trust
  • 1984 Studio shows, Greenwich Artists' Studio Association (part of Greenwich Festival) (and each year thereafter until 1994)
  • 1984 Hamilton College, Clinton, New York
  • 1985 Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton
  • 1985 Clyde Hopkins, Richard Rome, Mary Shemilt, Woodlands Art Gallery, Blackheath*
  • 1986 Triangle UK, Smiths Gallery
  • 1988 Bokhoven Gallery, Amsterdam
  • 1989 British Forged Metal Sculpture: First International Festival of Iron, Cardiff *
  • 1989 Sculpture in a Rose Garden, Royal National Rose Society
  • 1990 Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton
  • 1991 Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton
  • 1992 Painters and Sculptors from the Greenwich Studios, Woodlands Art Gallery, Blackheath
  • 1992 Smith-Jariwala Gallery
  • 1992 First Choice, Bokhoven Gallery, Amsterdam
  • 1992 Millfield 20th Century, British Sculpture Exhibition, Millfield School, Somerset
  • 1993 Interval, Bokhoven Gallery, Amsterdam
  • 1993 Sculpture in the Park, Riverdale Sculpture Park, Lewisham
  • 1994 Made in Greenwich 1974-94, The Living Room Gallery, Greenwich
  • 1994 British Forged Metal Sculpture, venues in England and Wales
  • 1995 Thomas Watt & Friends, Library Gallery, Ramsgate, Kent
  • 1998 Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton
  • 1998 Ferrocious, Bodybuilder & Sportsman Gallery, Chicago
  • 1998 Ninth International Symposium on Electronic Arts, University of Manchester
  • 1999 Intersculpt 99, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
  • 1999 Triennial Sculpture Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol*
  • 2000 Millennium Fountain for Cannizaro Park Commission shortlist, Wimbledon Library (tour to Royal British Society of Sculptors Gallery)*
  • 2000 Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton
  • 2001 Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton
  • 2003 BLOK: Canterbury Sculpture Festival, Canterbury (in Canterbury Cathedral precinct)
  • 2005 The RBS Inside Annual 2005, Royal British Society of Sculptors Gallery
  • 2005 Iron Tribe 2005, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, New Mexico
  • 2005 Sotheby's Contemporary Landscape Art, Summers Place, Billingshurt, West Sussex
  • 2008 Iron Working Drawings: 5 UK / 5 USA Sculptors, Ironbridge Open Air Museum of Steel Sculpture, Coalbrookdale (tour to Royal British Society of Sculptors Gallery)*
  • 2012 Sculptors' Drawings, Pangolin Gallery, London
  • 2018 Sculpture in the City, London. Watch Richard Rome interview.
    COLLECTIONS
  • Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery
  • Ironbridge Open Air Museum of Steel Sculpture, Coalbrookdale, Shropshire
  • London Borough of Merton
  • Millfield School, Street, Somerset
  • Private collections in the United Kingdom, Netherlands, USA, Canada
  • British Art Medal Society


  • SITE-SPECIFIC SCULPTURE PROJECTS (All temporary projects unless otherwise stated.)
  • 1971 Bull's Field, Denstroude, Blean, Kent
  • 1972 Central gallery, Kingston upon Thames Museum and Art Gallery
  • 1972 Courtyard, Brighton Polytechnic
  • 1975 Cube gallery, Serpentine Gallery
  • 1977 Campus, University of Kent at Canterbury
  • 1978 Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton
  • 1982 Great Cloister, Canterbury Cathedral
  • 2001 Millennium Fountain, Cannizaro Park, Wimbledon (permanent)

Biography

    1943
  • Born in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, to Sidney Herbert Rome and his wife, Elsie Mary (née Gosling). Father is a marine engineering project draughtsman and amateur painter.
  • 1960
  • After leaving school works for Trollope and Colls, the construction company, mostly on sites in central London.
  • 1962
  • Enrols on the diploma course at St Albans School of Art where he is taught by, among others, the sculptors George Fullard, John Mills and John Wragg.
  • 1964
  • Shows sculpture in exhibition with recent graduates of the art school in the grounds of Lockers, Hemel Hempstead.
  • 1966
  • Completes one-year postgraduate course at Chelsea School of Art where Fullard and Wragg are now teaching.
  • Begins teaching part-time at Brighton College of Art and Walthamstow School of Art.
  • 1967
  • Moves studio to disused laundry in Blantyre Street, Chelsea, an area earmarked for demolition and rebuilding as flats. Stays three years.
  • 1969
  • Shares exhibition with the painter David Whitaker at new sculpture annexe, Brighton College of Art, showing sculpture alongside Whitaker's paintings.
  • Marries.
  • 1970
  • Shows recent sculpture in exhibition with Whitaker at Kingston upon Thames Museum and Art Gallery. Shows again at Kingston in 1972.
  • Birth of son, William.
  • 1971
  • Moves to new studio in Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, shared with Derek Boshier, John Maine and Glynn Williams. Lee Grandjean joins later.
  • Installs 300 metre-long sculpture at Bull's Field, his father-in-law's property near Blean, Kent.
  • 1972
  • Moves home to former vicarage in the Elephant and Castle district of south London.
  • 1975
  • Selected by the sculptor Hubert Dalwood for Summer Show 2 at Serpentine Gallery with Ted Charlton, Charles Grafton, David Holt and Robert Russell.
  • Appointed senior lecturer at Canterbury College of Art.
  • 1977
  • Solo open-air exhibition of large steel sculptures, University of Kent at Canterbury.
  • Receives major award from the Arts Council of Great Britain and an award from the South East Arts Association from which Rome receives a second award in 1984.
  • 1979
  • Selected by Nicholas Pope for the Hayward Annual 1979, showing with fellow sculptors Garth Evans, Katherine Gili and Jeff Lowe.
  • 1980
  • Moves studio to former London Electricity Board depot in Greenwich where other artists are setting up studios, among them the painters Mali Morris and Clyde Hopkins.
  • 1983
  • Attends Triangle Artists' Workshop, Pine Plains, New York, organised by Anthony Caro, where he meets Clement Greenberg and visiting American artists, including Larry Poons.
    1984
  • Resident artist for three months at Sculpture Space, Utica, New York.
  • 1986
  • Father dies.
  • Appointed member of the visual arts panel, South East Arts Association, serving until 1992.
  • Delivers public lecture about David Smith at Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, during the major retrospective exhibition of the American artist's sculpture and drawings.
  • 1989
  • Appointed course leader in site-specific sculpture at Wimbledon School of Art, based in studios in Cannizaro Park.
  • 1990
  • Makes sculpture during summer at Hamish Black's studio in Sussex. Returns to Black's studio in summer 1993.
  • 1991
  • Appointed tutor in bronze casting at Royal College of Art, London.
  • 1994
  • Participates in XVIIème Moussem Culturel at Asilah, Morocco.
  • Moves studio from Greenwich to a building in rural Kent which he converts from its former use as a hop packing shed.
  • 1995
  • With Glynn Williams broadcasts talk entitled 'Statue in Bronze' on Meridian programme, BBC World Service.
  • 1995-6
  • New foundry completed at RCA, designed by Rome and on which work began in 1991.
  • Elected fellow of Royal British Society of Sculptors and fellow of the RCA.
  • 1997
  • Short residency at School of the Art Institute of Chicago arranged by school's president Tony Jones, former rector of the RCA.
  • 1998
  • Collaborates with Centre of Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM) at Coventry and Exeter universities to produce Dreamboat, a sculpture from drawings using computer 3D modelling technology.
  • 2001
  • The Millennium Fountain inaugurated, a public commission for Cannizaro Park, Wimbledon.
  • 2003
  • Publishes Fine art metal casting: an illustrated guide to mould making and lost wax processes (Robert Hale, London, 2003) co-authored with research assistant Hamish Young.
  • 2004
  • Mother dies.
  • 2005
  • Participates in workshop at the Ironbridge Museum of Steel Sculpture. Returns each summer until 2009.
  • 2008
  • Retires from teaching.
  • 2009
  • Appointed honorary fellow of the Royal College of Art, London.
  • 2010
  • Makes iron sculptures at Sculpture Trails at Solsberry, near Bloomington, Indiana, USA. Returns each summer until 2015.
  • 2013
  • Commissioned to make a bronze medial for the British Art Medal Society.