Approved: 16.08.2006

Chris Dunseath

Artist, Maker, Film-maker, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 16.08.2006

My sculpture is concerned with a diverse range of concepts and is made out of a variety of materials including wood, stone, bronze and paper. The content has ranged from an interest in transformation and change to its current involvement with aspects of theoretical physics. I agree with the physicist Richard Feynman when he refers to the inadequacy of science to capture the marvel of our universe and for the need for art to help bridge the gap between the tangible and the intangible. 

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  • Location: Chiselborough, South West
  • Activities: Lecturing, Private commissions, Exhibitions programme, Studio practice
  • Categories: Animation, Drawing, Mixed Media, Printmaking, Sculpture
  • Tags: Sculpture, Carving, Construction, Drawing, Casting, Science, Physics, Time, Space, Universe
 
 

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    Biography

    My sculpture is concerned with a diverse range of concepts and is made out of a variety of materials including wood, stone, bronze and paper. The content has ranged from an interest in transformation and change to its current involvement with aspects of theoretical physics. I agree with the physicist Richard Feynman when he refers to the inadequacy of science to capture the marvel of our universe and for the need for art to help bridge the gap between the tangible and the intangible. 

    Career path: Undergraduate at Cheltenham, Postgraduate at the Slade. Cardiff Sculpture Fellow. Churchill Travelling Fellow. Academician of the RWA. Fellow of the RBS.

    Awards and bursaries: The Arts Council England, South West Arts, Welsh Arts Council and various University Research Awards. 2014 Winner of The Wilson Award, The Open West. 2013 Wells Art Contemporary, Prize Winner. 2007 Winner of the RWA Sculpture Exhibition. 2007 Prize winner, Millfield.

    Visiting Lecturer at several institutions including the Royal Academy Schools.

    Collections: The Arts Council England; The Royal Collection; Acerman Foundation, New York; McDermott Collection, Dallas, Texas; Dame Stephanie Shirley; Priors Court School; The Met Office, Exeter; University of Leicester; Sandwell Council; Robert Redford collection, Sundance, Utah, USA; SPP Foundation, Washington State, USA; The Royal West of England Academy.

    CV & Education

    Qualifications and training

    The Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London (H.Dip.FA(Lond)
    Gloucestershire College of Art & Design, Cheltenham (BA Hons.)
    Yeovil School of Art, Somerset (Foundation)

    Solo exhibitions

    2014 - 'Sculpture & Stars, Chris Dunseath', The Open West Wilson Award, Cheltenham. 
    2008 - 'Chris Dunseath & Jenny Dunseath', Priory Studio, Somerset Art Weeks.
    2006 - 'Chris Dunseath', Priory Studio, 
    2003 - 'Parallel Universe', Brewery Arts, Cirencester, Gloucestershire
    2001 - 'Chris Dunseath Other Dimensions', The Phillips Gallery, Brewhouse, Taunton, Somerset.
    1998 - 'Chris Dunseath', Space, Mass and Time', Priory Studio, Hinton St George.
    1997 - 'Chris Dunseath', The Sculpture Company, The Royal Society of British Sculptors, London.
    1997 - 'Five Weeks, Four Artsists, Three Dimensions', Woodlands Art Gallery, Blackheath,        London. (four solo exhibitions)  
    1990 - 'Mandy Havers and Chris Dunseath', Whitefriars Museum, Coventry.
    1985 - 'Chris Dunseath', The New Art Centre, Sloane Street, London.
    1978 - Ibis Gallery, Leamington Spa. 
    1978 - Parnham House, Dorset.
    1978 - Prescote Gallery, Oxfordshire.
    1974 - Oriel Gallery, Cardiff.

    Group Exhibition

    2016 - '26th Summer Show', Atkinson Gallery, Millfield, Street, Somerset.
    2016 - 'Royal Academy Summer Exhibition', Royal Academy of Arts, London.
    2016 - 'New Dimensions', The Wall, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton.  
    2016 - 'New Dimensions', The Museum of Somerset, Taunton.
    2015 - 'Black Swan Arts Open 2015', Black Swan Arts, Frome, Somerset.
    2015 - 'Wells Art Contemporary', Wells Museum, Somerset.
    2015 - 'RWA 163rd Annual Exhibition', Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
    2015 - 'Drawn', Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
    2014 - 'RWA 162nd Annual Open Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
    2014 - 'Wells Art Contemporary' Wells Museum, Wells, Somerset.
    2014 - 'The Derwent Art Prize', Shortlisted artist, The Mall Galleries, London.
    2014 - 'The Thelma Hulbert Open', The Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton, Devon.
    2014 - 'The Open West 2014', The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, Gloucestershire.      Winner of the Wilson Award.
    2013 - '161st Annual Open Exhibition', The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
    2013 - 'Wells Art Contemporary', Prize Winner, Wells Museum, Wells, Somerset.
    2013 - 'Abundance X', East Lambrook Manor Gardens, East Lambrook, Somerset.
    2013 - 'Drawn 2013', Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
    2013 - 'Earth, Air, Fire & Water - Somerset artists in their element.', The Museum of Somerset, Taunton, Somerset.
    2013 - 'The Derwent Art Prize', Shortlisted artist, The Mall Galleries, London. 
    2012 - '160th Autumn Exhibition', The Royal West of England Academy, 
    2012 - 'Black Swan Open', Black Swan Arts, Frome, Somerset.
    2012 - 'International Exhibition of Wood Sculpture', Sanyi Wood Sculpture Museum, Sanyi, Miaoli County, Taiwan.
    2012 - 'The Ludlow Open', Millichope Gallery, Ludlow College, Ludlow, Shropshire.
    2012 - 'The Plough Arts Centre Open Drawing Competion 2012', The Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, 
    2011 - '159th Autumn Exhibition', Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
    2011 - 'Beyond Ourselves', The Royal Society, Carlton House Terrace, London.
    2011 - 'Crafted for Christmas', New Brewery Arts, Cirencester.
    2011 - 'Magnitude Nine', Blackall Studios, Shoreditch, London.
    2011 - 'Metamorphosis', Royal British Society of Sculptors, London.
    2011 - 'Open Photography 2', Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
    2010 - '158 Autumn Exhibition', Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
    2010 - 'At Nature's Font', Central Gallery, Malvern.
    2010 - 'Beyond Ourselves' British Art Show 7 Sideshow event, Lace Market Gallery, Nottingham.
    2010 - 'Celebrating Paper', Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
    2010 - 'Near and Far', Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
    2010 - 'The Affordable Art Fair Paris', La Halle Freyssinet, Paris.
    2009 - '18@108 Paper', Royal British Society of Sculptors, London.
    2009 - 'Babel', Blackall Studios, Shoreditch, London.
    2009 - 'Millfield Summer Show', Atkinson Gallery, Millfield, Street, Somerset.
    2009 - New Brewery Arts Open 'Crossings', New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, 
    2009 - 'RWA 157th Autumn Exhibition', Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
    2009 - 'The Cannon/Bullock Paper Works Invitational', Museo Gallery, Langley (Seattle) USA.
    2009 - 'The London Group Open Exhibition 2009 Part 2', The Menier Gallery, London.
    2009 - 'The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2009', Royal Academy of Arts, London.
    2008 - '156th Autumn Exhibition', Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
    2008 - '20th Summer Show', Atkinson Gallery, Millfield, Somerset.
    2008 - 'Art London', Royal Chelsea Hospital, London.
    2008 - 'Marshwood Vale Arts Awards Exhibition', Allsop Gallery, Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset.
    2008 - 'Night, A Time Between.', Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
    2008 - 'Open Arts Competition', Black Swan Arts, Frome.
    2007 - '155 Autumn Exhibition', Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
    2007 - '18@108 Sculptors on Sculpture', Royal British Society of Sculptors, London.
    2007 - '19th Summer Show', Atkinson Gallery, Millfield, Street, Somerset.
    2007 - 'On Show at 108', Royal British Society of Sculptors, London.
    2007 - 'Open Sculpture Exhibition 2007', Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
    2007 - 'Spectrum', Abbey House Gardens, Malmsbury, Wiltshire.
    2007 - 'The Discerning Eye', The Mall Galleries, London.
    2006 - 'Elemental Insight', Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
    2006 - 'Elemental Insight', The Park Gallery, Falkirk, Scotland.
    2006 - 'Full Spectrum, Colour + Chemistry', Sherborne House, Sherborne, Dorset.
    2006 - 'Open Arts Competition', Black Swan Arts, Frome, Somerset.
    2006 - 'RBS Sculptors', Rollo Contemporary Art, Islington, London.
    2006 - Sculpture by Council Members, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London.
    2005 - '5D', Town Mill Gallery, Lyme Regis, Dorset.
    2005 - 'Elemental Insight', Black Swan Arts, Frome, Somerset.
    2005 - 'Elemental Insight', Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset.
    2005 - 'Elemental Insight', Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, Devon.
    2005 - 'Elemental Insight', Canterbury Art Gallery, Kent.
    2005 - 'Elemental Insight', Derby Art Gallery, Derby.
    2005 - 'Inside Annual', Royal British Society of Sculptors, London.
    2005 - 'Pulputations', Artworks-mk, Milton Keynes.
    2005 - 'Sensing Sculpture', Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton.
    2005 - 'The Artist & Radio 4, Sound & Vision', Bankside Gallery, London.
    2004 - 'Elemental Insight', Met Office, Exeter; The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey.
    2004 - 'Pulped', Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton.
    2004 - 'RBS Annual Exhibition', Royal British Society of Sculptors, London.
    2004 - 'Sculpture in the Garden', University of Leicester, Leicester.
    2004 - 'The Discerning Eye', The Mall Galleries, London.
    2003 - 'Fresh Air 2003', Quenington Sculpture Trust, Gloucestershire.
    2003 - 'Open Sculpture', Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
    2003 - 'Selected Selectors', Sherborne Contemporary Arts, Sherborne, Dorset.
    2003 - 'Sensing Sculpture', Wolverhampton Museum and Art Gallery.
    2002 - 'Chris Dunseath, Clair Burke and Naoka Takata, Broomhill', Devon.
    2002 - 'Midlands Sculpture Trail', RHS Horticultural Show, Worcestershire.
    2002 - 'Sculpture at Cotechele', St Dominick, Cornwall.
    2001 - 'Annual Summer Exhibition', Royal Society of British Sculptors, London.
    2001 - 'Art/Craft/Science and Technology Exhibition', Oriel Myrddin, Carmatthen.
    2001 - 'Millfield Summer Show', Millfield, Somerset.
    2001 - 'Sculptures at Broomhill 2001', Broomhill, Barnstaple, Devon.
    2000 - 'Contemporary International Basketmaking', Cartwright Hall, Bradford; Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead; Warrington Art Gallery.
    2000 - 'Earthly Pleasures', 20th Century Sculpture from the Arts Council Collection, Art Gallery and Museum, Leamington Spa.
    2000 - 'In Focus Baskets', Sotheby's Grosvenor Gallery, London.
    2000 - 'Inside Out', Flow Gallery, London.
    2000 - 'RBS Annual Exhibition 2000', Dora House, London.
    2000 - 'The Basket Show', Oxford Gallery, Oxford.
    2000 - The Hannah Pershar Sculpture Garden, Surrey.
    2000 - 'With the Body in Mind', Richard Attenborough Centre, Leicester.
    1999 - 'Children, Beatrice Royal', Eastleigh, Hampshire.
    1999 - 'Contemporary International Basketmaking', Whitworth Gallery Manchester, Crafts Council Gallery London, touring nationally.
    1999 - 'Taunton Open Drawing 99', Brewhouse Arts Centre, Taunton.
    1999 - 'Triennial Sculpture Exhibition', RWA, Bristol.
    1998 - 'The Art of Portrait Sculpture', Cork Street, London.
    1998 - 'XXth Century Sculpture, Part One and Two', Millfield, Somerset.
    1997 - 'Ploughing the Bright Field', Create Centre, Bristol.
    1997 - 'Portrait Sculpture Revived', Cork Street, London.
    1996 - 'Cheltenham Open Drawing', Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education.
    1996 - 'Coventry Porto Art Exchange', Faculdada de Belas Artes do Porto.
    1996 - 'Logos Second National Art Competition', Finalists Summer Show, Bloomsbury, London.
    1996 - 'Millfield Summer Show', Millfield, Somerset.
    1996 - 'RWA Open Sculpture Exhibition', Bristol.
    1995 - 'Sculpture in the Garden, Third Biennial Exhibition', Deans Court, Dorset.
    1995 - 'Small Works', Gallery Differentiate, Tower Bridge Piazza, London.
    1995 - 'Tower Bridge Piazza Sculpture Exp '95', Butlers Wharf, London.
    1995 - 'Unrealisable Sculpture', The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds.

    Curated projects

    2013 - Selection panel member Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy.
    2012 - Selection panel member Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy.
    2010 - Selection panel member RWA Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy.
    2002 - Selector with Richard Cork & Prof. Glyn Williams for Annual Exhibition, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London.

    Artist talks

    2016 - 'New Dimensions', Talk & Tea, Museum of Somerset, Taunton.
    2014 - 'The Open West', Day of Artist Talks, The Wilson, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
    2013 - 'Earth Air Fire Water' Museum of Somerset, Taunton.
    2011 - Metamorphosis Panel Discussion chaired by Dr Rod Mengham, curator Jesus College Cambridge, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London.

    Residencies

    2003 - 'Artist in Residence', Appledore Arts Festival, Appledore, Devon.

    Projects

    2008 - 'World Beach Project', Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

    Competitions, Prizes and Awards

    2014 - Winner of The Wilson Award, The Open West, The Wilson, Cheltenham.
    2013 - Prize Winner, Wells Art Contemporary, Wells Museum, Somerset.
    2013 - Shortlisted for 'Derwent Art Prize' Mall Galleries, London
    2010 - Elected Academician, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
    2009 - SPP Foundation Host Committee Purchase Award, SPP Foundation, Washington State USA.
    2009 - 'The Cannon/Bullock Purchase Award', SPP Foundation, Washington State, USA.
    2008 - Winner of 'The Marshwood Vale Magazine Arts Awards', Allsop Gallery, Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport.
    2007 - 'Prize Winner', 19th Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery, Millfield.
    2007 - 'Reflections Award for Design Innovation', Open Sculpture, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
    2001 - Fellow of The Royal British Society of Sculptors, The Royal British Society of Sculptors, London.
    1992 - The Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship for Sculpture, Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Egypt.
    1992 - Major commission for The Waterfront, Dudley for Richardson Developments.
    1990 - Finalist for the New Birmingham Symphony Hall & International Convention Centre Sculpture commission.
    1989 - Awarded major commission for West Bromwich High Street, Sandwell organized by The Public Art Commissions Agency.
    1983 - Welsh Arts Council Award.
    1981 - South West Arts Major Purchases Award.
    1979 - West Midlands Arts Bursary.
    1978 - Arts Council of Great Britain Bursary.
    1976 - Arts Council of Great Britain Award.
    1973 - Sculpture Fellowship, Cardiff College of Art and Design, Cardiff.

    Site specific

    2003 - 'Appledore Wormhole', Appledore Arts Festival, Appledore, Devon.

    Publications

    2016 - 'Evolver' No 92, pg 12, March & April.
    2016 - 'New Dimensions', Catalogue, Museum of Somerset, Taunton.
    2014 - 'Evolver' No 84, feature pg 16, November & December.
    2014 - 'The Open West', Catalogue, The Wilson, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
    2014 - 'The Derwent Art Prize' Catalogue. 
    2013 - 'The Derwent Art Prize', Catalogue.
    2013 - 'Earth Air Fire Water', Catalogue, Museum of Somerset, Taunton.
    2012 - 'International Exhibition of Wood Sculpture', Sanyi Wood Sculpture Museum, Taiwan.
    2011 - ‘Beyond Ourselves’ The Royal Society, Catalogue.
    2011 - ‘The Times, Eureka, Issue 21’ Beyond Ourselves review p 53-54.
    2009 - [a-n] Magazine p. 33.
    2009 - ‘Paper Works Invitational’, Catalogue. SPP Foundation, Washington State USA.
    2009 - ‘The London Group Open Exhibition 2009’ Catalogue (front cover) & p.16. 2008 - [a-n] Magazine p. 9.
    2008 - ‘Yorkshire Sculpture Park – Landscape for Art’ by Lynne Green. P.77. YSP.
    2007 - 'ING Discerning Eye' Catalogue, Mall Galleries.
    2006 - 'Full Spectrum, Colour+Chemistry', Catalogue, Sherborne House, Dorset.
    2005 - 'Evolver', No 25, Front Cover.
    2004 - 'Elemental Insight', Catalogue, The Met Office.
    2002 - 'The Art of Priors Court School', by Ann Elliott.

    Collections

    Arts Council England. The Royal Collection Trust. South West Arts. The Royal West of England Academy. Haverfordwest Museum, Pembrokeshire. John Makepeace Ltd. The Martin Ackerman Foundation, New York. Strake Jesuit, Houston, Texas. The Margaret McDermott Collection, Dallas, Texas. Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council. Chelsfield plc. British Trust for Conservation Volunteers. The Dame Stephanie Shirley Collection, Priors Court School, Berkshire. The Tony Wilkinson Collection, Nottingham. The Nancy Balfour Estate. University of Leicester. The Met Office, Exeter. Robert Redford Collection, Sundance, Utah, USA. SPP Foundation, Washington State, USA.

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