Approved: 15.09.2017

Dallas Collins

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Maker, Researcher, Technician

Approved: 15.09.2017

My art explores the idea of the aftermath of an uncontrolled chaotic event and the post-apocalyptic space that's left behind. It is frozen in a historical state of change and cast in bronze and various materials. The work is an exploration of casting and fluidity of a substance where there is a feeling that matter, while temporarily taking on transient form, is capable of morphing into something else. The order and disorder that's weaved into the work can be read as a manifestation of entropy. This evidence gives the viewer a sense of wonderment of the things that sometimes reside behind the mirror and not always in front.

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Biography

My art explores the idea of the aftermath of an uncontrolled chaotic event and the post-apocalyptic space that's left behind. It is frozen in a historical state of change and cast in bronze and various materials. The work is an exploration of casting and fluidity of a substance where there is a feeling that matter, while temporarily taking on transient form, is capable of morphing into something else. The order and disorder that's weaved into the work can be read as a manifestation of entropy. This evidence gives the viewer a sense of wonderment of the things that sometimes reside behind the mirror and not always in front.

Art & science has played an important part within my work whether it’s science fiction or science fact. The idea that artwork is limitless has had a profound interest for me from a very early age.

I’m a collector and over the years I’ve built up a cabinet of curiosities, which contain a host of eclectic items that were given to me or sometimes just caught my eye. The relationships between these objects and the process of making intrigues me; they inform my work in revealing structures that convey these complex feelings. I’ve lived with engineering and technology all my life and transferring these skills into art has played an important part in where I stand today as an artist. Imagination, appearance and experience, all these things make our world and reveal a truly infinite human machine.

 

Dallas studied sculpture at the RCA from 1999-2001 and specialised in foundry art practice. In direct succession, he worked for the RCA for two more years and taught sculpture in Chelsea, London, Bristol and Cardiff. In 2007 Dallas was short-listed for the Jerwood sculpture prize with his work ‘Sweet’ and In 2008 was commissioned by Barratt homes of Bristol to produce a major large-scale bronze piece ‘Ocular Gate’ for a new Eco housing development near Bristol. Dallas has had numerous exhibitions and shows throughout the UK and abroad and his work is held in several private and public art collections. In 2009 Dallas helped initiated an artist collective; in 2010 the group was short-listed to represent Wales at the 54th Venice Biennale 2011. In 2016 Dallas joined the Royal West of Enland Academy as a network support arist. 

CV & Education

Studio 
G12-BV Studios, 37 Philip Street, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 4DR 

Professional Group
2017 Royal West of England Academy Artist Network Member. www.rwa.org.uk
 
Education
1999-2001       Royal College of Art London. MA Sculpture with Specialism in Foundry Art Practice.
     
1996-1999       Norwich School of Art & Design. BA (Hon) First, Fine Art Sculpture.

1995-1996       City of Bath College. Fine Art Diploma.


Large Commissions & Group Commissions
 
2010    ‘54th Venice Biennale’ Short-listed to represent Wales in 2011.


2010    ‘Blue Bell Hanger’ St Athen, Cardiff. 

http://newbritishart.org/blue-bell-hangar-project/4539034229

http://www.addocreative.com/portfolio/blue-bell-hangar-project/

2008     ‘Ocular Gate’ Barratts ‘Page Court’ Development, Mangotsfield, Bristol.
 
 
Group Exhibitions

2017    'RWA Academician Candidate Exhibition' Bristol. www.rwa.org.uk

2017     ‘1999-2017 Secret Post Cards’ RCA, London. http://london.secret.rca.ac.uk/2017/

2017    'Plymouth Contemporary 2017' Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth. www.plymouth.ac.uk

2017     '2010-1017 BV Open Studios’ Bedminster, Bristol. www.bvstudios.co.uk/

2017    'Iron Tribe Symposium' Highlands State University, New Mexico,USA. 

ww.nmhu.edu/iron-tribe-2017/

2017    'Centrespace Gallery', Leonard Lane Bristol. www.centrespacegallery.

2016     'WAC' Wells Art Contemporary. The Bishop's Palace, Wells. 

www.wellsartcontemporary.co.uk          

2016     'IV Venice Vending Machine'. Kunst Altonale 18, Hamburg, Germany.

 issuu.com/art-e-motion/docs/vvm4

2016     'Centrespace Gallery'.  Leonard Lane, Bristol. 

2016     '2015-2016 Secret Post Cards' RCA, Art Dubai, Madinat, Jumeirah. 

http://dubai.secret.rca.ac.uk/2016/

2016     ‘1999-2016 Secret Post Cards’ RCA, London. http://london.secret.rca.ac.uk

2016     'Humunculus @ Asylum'.  Caroline Garden's Chapel, London.

2015     'WAC' Wells Art Contemporary.  Wells and Mendip Museum. 

www.wellsartcontemporary.co.uk/

2015     'RWA 163rd Autumn Exhibition’, Bristol.

rwa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/2015/10/163-annual-open/

2015     'III Venice Vending Machine' part of the 56th Venice Biennale. 

www.venicevendingmachine3.com/   
 
2015    ’2010-1015 BV Open Studios’ Bedminster, Bristol. http://www.bvstudios.co.uk/

2015    '2015 Secret Post Cards' RCA, Art Dubai, Madinat, Jumeirah. 

http://dubai.secret.rca.ac.uk/2015/

2015    ‘1999-2015 Secret Post Cards’ RCA, London.

https://london.secret.rca.ac.uk/2015/

2014    '1SSUE 28' West Wharf Gallery, Jacobs Market, Cardiff. 

https://westwharfgallery.wordpress.com/about/
 
2012    ‘RWA 160th Autumn Exhibition’ Clifton Bristol 
 
2010    'Source Atelier d'art’ Les Thermes, France. 

 2010    ‘Minescule’ Oblong Gallery, London. www.oblonggallery.com/#/previous/

2010    ‘Blue Bell Hanger’ St Athen, Cardiff. 

https://www.a-n.co.uk/events/blue-bell-hanger-project-2010

2009    ‘RWA 157th Autumn Exhibition’ Clifton Bristol

2009    ‘Affordable Art Fair’ Bristol

2008    ‘Affordable’ Art Fair’ Transistor Stand L5, Battersea Park, London

2008    ‘Jerwood Sculpture’ BayArts, Bute Street, Cardiff. 

2007    ‘Remnants’ Tactile BOSH, Cardiff

2007    ‘Revalation’ The Paint Works, Bath Road, Bristol. 

2007    ‘Jerwood’ Union Street, London (Jerwood Sculpture)

http://www.jerwoodvisualarts.org/exhibitions/jerwood-sculpture-prize-2007/

2006    ‘Giotto’ SBL School, North Street, Oldland Common, Bristol.

2006    ‘Another Product’, The Cornerhouse, Levenshulme, Manchester. 

http://www.cornerhouse.org/

2006    ‘Blackout Arts Tower project’ Tollgate House, Bristol.

2005    ‘Solanum Tuberosum’, Zimmer Stewart Gallery, Arundel, West Sussex. 

www.zimmerstewart.co.uk

2005    ‘Iron Tribe’Highlands State University New Mexico, USA. ???????

www.nmhu.edu                                        
  
2003    ‘Open Sculpture Exhibition’, RWA Clifton Bristol.

2003    ‘The Pride of the Valley sculpture park’ Farnham, Surrey. (Permanent show) 

www.thesculpturepark.co.uk
 
2002    ‘Kells’ Kells Priory, Ireland

2002    ‘Art in the Garden’ Chelsea physic garden, Chelsea, London.

2002    ‘Arcadia in the City’ Marble hill house, Richmond, London. 

2002    ‘Differentia’ PM Gallery, Ealing, London.

2001    ‘The Show’, RCA, London.

2000    ‘Baked Alaska’ Pricewaterhousecooper, Atrium Gallery, London.

1999    ‘Grid’, RCA, London.

1999    ‘Art School What’s it all about?’ Norwich, Gallery.

1999    ‘99 c’, Norwich School of Art & Design, Norwich.
 

Art  Employment
2006    Cardiff School of Art and Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff.

2006    Sir Bernard Lovell School, Oldland common, Bristol. (Artist in Residence)

2006    University of Wales Institute of Cardiff, Howard Gardens, Cardiff. (Artist in Residence)
 
2005   The Bristol United Childrens Hospital. Bristol. (Artist in Residence)

2003-05   University of Wales Institute of Cardiff. Howard Gardens, Cardiff. (Part Time Lecturer)
 
2001-03    Royal College of Art, Howie Street, Battersea, London. (Lecturing Foundry Technician)
 
2001-03    Heatherley School of Fine Art, Chelsea, London. (Part Time Lecturer in sculpture)

Sponsorship, Awards & Support.
2010   Arts Council of Wales. 

www.artswales.org.uk/viewnews.asp?id=1550

2010   Safle ‘Blue Bell Hanger’ Cardiff.

2008   Barratts Homes of Bristol ‘Page Court Development’ (£38’100) Commission in Bristol. 
 
2007   Jerwood Maquette Commission.

http://jerwoodvisualarts.org/3518/Jerwood-Sculpture-Prize-2007/257
  
2006    South Gloucestershire Council Art Trail.
 
2005    Bristol United Children’s Hospital.

2002    Glaxco Smith Kline.

2002    English Heritage. 
 
2001    Hedley Foundation Scholarship.

2001    Trident Foam Ltd, Materials sponsorship.

1999    Wellcome Trust Award for Science & Art.