Approved: 16.08.2006

Robert Dawson

Artist, Maker

Approved: 16.08.2006

Visual art and design

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      Artist Statement

      Visual art and design

      CV & Education

      Solo and two-person exhibitions include:

      • 2021-22: Pièces à problèmes - Robert Dawson and Richard Slee, Musée Ariana, Geneva, 18 June 2021 to 9 January 2022
      • 2017: En Avant, The Shrine of St Augustine, Ramsgate
      • 2015-16: Robert Dawson: Pattern Play, National Glass Centre, Sunderland
      • 2012: Surface Games / Jeux de Surface, Barthète, Boussan, France
      • 2010: Bypass, in collaboration with Steve Bunn, New Greenham Arts, New Greenham Park, Newbury, Berkshire
      • 2008: Ornament & Crime, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
      • 2005: Robert Dawson Aesthetic Sabotage, Clay Gallery, Venice, California
      • 2003: Robert Dawson, Window Gallery, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf
      • 1999: Robert Dawson, Eurostar, Waterloo, London
      • 1999: Periphera, Royal College of Art, London
      • 1997: Appropriating the Willow, Studio Pottery Gallery, Exeter
      • 1993: Against Nature, in collaboration with Richard Slee, Sight Specific Gallery, Arundel


      Collections include:

      • The Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool
      • The Victoria and Albert Museum, London
      • The Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas
      • The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
      • The Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston
      • The British Council Collection, London
      • The Museum of Arts and Design,  New York City
      • The Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden
      • RIAN Design Museum, Falkenberg, Sweden
      • Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen
      • The Gosport Museum, Hampshire
      • The International Ceramic Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary
      • Museo De Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
      • Contemporary Art Society purchase for The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery,  Stoke-on-Trent
      • Temple Newsam House, Leeds
      • Auckland Museum,  New Zealand
      • Manchester Art Gallery,  Manchester
      • Palais des Evêques de Comminges,  Alan,  France
      • Permanenten Vestlandske Kunstindustrimuseum,  Bergen, Norway
      • Maison Patrimoniale de Barthète,  Boussan,  France
      • Museum of Fine Arts,  Boston,  Massachusetts 
      • Musée Ariana, Geneva


      Art commissions include:

      • Mayforth Property Ltd, Bowmer and Kirkland Ltd and Axiom Architects [link]
      • Liverpool City Council [link]
      • European Land, Ginkgo Projects
      • Hilton Hotels Corporation, The Manser Practice Architects and Designers [link]
      • Selfridges, London, 
      • The Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston
      • Nottingham City Council
      • John Lewis, Victoria Centre, Nottingham
      • Waitrose, Marylebone, London
      • The World of Interiors magazine, London
      • Spayne Lindsay & Co, London, Headline Publishing Group, London
      • The Art House, Wakefield
      • Churchill Hospital, Oxford
      • The House of Words, Dr Johnson's House, London [link]


      Design industry commissions:

      • Ceramica Bardelli, Milan [link]
      • Josiah Wedgwood & Sons Ltd., Stoke-on-Trent
      • Volpe and Volpe, London
      • tmtmDesigns, Conwy
      • Habitat, London



      • Surface Design Awards 2015, Winner of the Commercial Exterior Surface Category
      • Jerwood Contemporary Makers 2010
      • Built Environment Award, British Ceramics Biennial,  2009
      • The Elle Deco International Design Awards 2006, international winner of the Tableware category
      • The BDI (Birmingham Design Initiative), Industry and Genius Awards 2005, Award for Excellence, Ceramics & Glass Winner
      • Elle Decoration UK Design Awards 2005, best in Accessories
      • The Elle Decoration and Observer Magazine, Readers' Future Classic Award, 2005
      • elit-tile 2002 Award, Museo De Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic



      • 10th Fringe Film & Video Festival,  Edinburgh
      • 1st Wrexham Maelor Film & Video Festival
      • The British Short Film Festival (1995),  London


      Art colleges:

      • 1997/99: MA,  Ceramics & Glass,  Royal College of Art
      • 1990/93: BA,  Art and Design,  Camberwell College of Arts


      Past group exhibitions include:

      2020-21: Between Sea and Sky: Blue and White Ceramics from Persia and Beyond, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

      2019: ‘Mixed Display’, Marsden Woo Gallery, London

      2018: ’Porcelain Plus', Køppe Contemporary Objects, Gallery R2, Søndergade 2. Svaneke, Bornholm, Denmark

      2018: 'Put it at Stake - Six Voices in Contemporary Ceramics', RIAN Design Museum, Falkenberg, Sweden, [link] 

      2017: 'Form + Motion', Cheongju Craft Biennale, UK Pavilion [link]

      2017: 'Roseberys Introducing Curious SE27', Roseberys, West Norwood

      2017: 'Surface Explorers', St Luke's Church, West Norwood

      2017: Putting it at Stake – Six voices in Contemporary Ceramics, Porslinsfestivalen Lidköping, Sweden

      2017: Køppe Contemporary Objects, Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London

      2016-17: Cross Currents: China Exports and the World Responds, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, Albuquerque, New Mexico

      2016: Køppe Contemporary Objects, Copenhagen

      2015-16: Drawing, National Glass Centre, Sunderland

      2015: Re- reanimate, repair, meld & mend, Bluecoat Display Centre, LiverpoolMany

      2015: Many a Slip, invited artists juggle with the domestic symbol of ‘the cup’ - Curated by Alison Britton

      2013-14: Horizon – Landscapes, Ceramics and Prints, National Museum, Oslo, Norway

      2013: New Blue and White, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

      2012: Blue & White, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA 

      2012: Manchester Contemporary, Manchester

      2012: Curious:  A site-specific art trail at West Norwood Cemetery, London

      2011: Ting Tang Trash - Upcycling in Contemporary Ceramics, Art Museums in Bergen, Permanenten, The West Norway Museum of Decorative Art, Bergen [link]

      2011: Le décor est planté..., Manufacture Bernardaud, Limoges

      2011: Award, The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent

      2011: Thinking Horizontally, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

      2011: Prints and Transfers - Drucktechniken auf Keramik, Galerie Handwerk, Munich, Germany

      2010: (WCC-BF): Second European Triennial of Ceramic and Glass, Anciens Abattoirs, Mons, Belgium

      2010: Korero and Hui Hua – Ceramics in Conversation,Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan

      2010: Hands On: Design Brought to Life, Arts Gallery, University of the Arts London

      2010: Jerwood Contemporary Makers 2010, Jerwood Space, London, and UK and Ireland tour, 2010/11

      2010: Bypass, New Greenham Arts, New Greenham Park, Newbury, Berkshire

      2010: Ospiti Inaspettati - Case di Ieri, Design di Oggi, Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, Milan, Italy

      2010: Intersecting Disciplines, Camberwell Space, Camberwell College of Arts, London

      2010: Medium Resistance, Ice Box Project Space, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, Exhibition in conjunction with Philagrafika 2010: The Graphic Unconscious

      2010: l'artelier céramique, Cité-Derrière 3, CH 1005 Lausanne, Switzerland

      2009: Art & Utility, West Wales School of the Arts Gallery, Carmarthen

      2009: Non Object Ive, Lodz Design 2009, Poland

      2009: British Ceramics Biennial awards exhibition, The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent

      2009: Pressing Matter, Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2009, South Korea

      2009: Three by One: a selection from 3 public craft collections by Alison Britton, Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey

      2009: UK to OK: Exploring Traditions in Contemporary Design, Price Tower Arts Centre, Bartlesville, Oklahoma

      2009: The Revivalists, Contemporary Applied Arts, London 

      2009: House of Words: Celebrating the tercentenary of the birth of Dr Johnson in 2009, Dr Johnson's House, London

      2009: Object Factory: the Art of Industrial Ceramics, The Museum of Arts and Design, New York City 

      2009: Fragiles, Al-Sabah Art & Design Collection, Kuwait

      2008: Tea’s Up , Contemporary Applied Arts, London

      2008: Object Factory: the Art of Industrial Ceramics, The Gardiner Museum, Toronto

      2007: Form and Tradition - Contemporary Ceramics , Hastings Museum & Art Gallery

      2007: Func Art , drud & køppe gallery, Copenhagen

      2007: Fragiles, Design Miami, Florida, and world tour

      2007: 63rd Scripps Ceramic Annual, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Claremont, California

      2006: a-mart , Ale & Porter Arts, Bradford on Avon

      2006: In Production (part of the London Design Festival), T2, Brick Lane, London

      2006: Breakers , PM Gallery, Ealing, London

      2006: European Ceramic Context 2006 , Hjorth Museum of Ceramics, Bornholm, Denmark

      2005: Materialize (part of the London Design Festival), The Arts Gallery, University of the Arts London

      2005: A Great Mania: the Influence of Delftware , Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Idaho

      2005: Flower Power, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

      2005: Something Borrowed, Contemporary Applied Arts, London

      2005: 5 First, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

      2004: Wedgwood at 100% Design, London

      2004: Resident Alien, Crafts Council Gallery Shop, Islington

      2004: The Home Ideal Show , (Eshoda Arts), Hotbath Gallery, Bath

      2003: Everything but ..., British Council exhibition, touring the Middle East and South East Asia

      2003: The Vitrified Image, The Hyde Gallery, El Cajon, California

      2002: elit-tile 2002 International Ceramic Tile Triennial, Museo De Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

      2002: Blue + White = Radical, Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY

      2002: Sleepers, The Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, (part of the Ceramica International Festival)

      2001: In-Print, Ferens Gallery, Hull, and UK tour

      2000: Buildingcraft , Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston

      2000: Pattern Transfer , Spode Museum, Stoke on Trent, and Waygood Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne

      2000: New Routes, New Destinations , Rosenthal, Milan Furniture Fair, and European tour

      1999: The Plate Show, Collins Gallery, Glasgow, and world tour

      1999: Rosenthal, Royal College of Art, London

      1998:, Inverness

      1998: Off the wall ..., The London Institute Gallery, London

      1998: The British Council, London

      1998: Exhibitions of the Hot Off The Press Symposium, Kecskemét and Budapest, Hungary

      1997: Fired, Harriett Green Gallery, London

      1996: Hot Off The Press, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle, and UK tour

      1994: King Street Studios, London

      1993: Against Nature (in collaboration with Richard Slee), Sight Specific Gallery, Arundel

      1993: Ceramic Contemporaries , Victoria and Albert Museum, London

      1993: Maastricht Biennale, Maastricht, Holland