WARD, Joan

1925 - 2005

As Joan Palmer, she was born in London on 10 January 1925, daughter of Frederick Nelson Palmer (23 October 1880-17 October 1978), a chemist, and his wife Doris née Stanton (8 March 1902-21 August 1985), who married at Marylebone, London in 1920 and in 1939 were living at 12 Wickham Court Road, Beckenham when Joan was one of two schoolgirl evacuees living at 75 The Grove, Beckenham, Kent with the Bailey family. Joan studied at Bromley School of Art and the Royal College of Art 1945-1948 and married at Kensington, London in 1949, Thomas William Ward and worked under the name of Joan Ward. After her marriage she became a teacher including at the Harrow College of Art 1960-1980, where she taught woven textiles and drawing. A member of the National Society of Painters, Sculptors and Gravers from 1979 also exhibiting at New English Art Club; the Royal Society of British Artists and elsewhere. A founder member of the Suffolk Group of Artists and a member of the Ipswich Art Club exhibiting from Hollydene, Ipswich Road, Holbrook, Ipswich in 1990, two resin sculptures 'Broken Shell' and 'Edwins Shell'. In 1995 she exhibited, with her husband, at Chappel Galleries, Essex sharing another exhibition there in 1999. Joan Ward died at Holbrook on 6 May 2005.