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


    Forthcoming exhibition:


    ‘Pièces à problèmes: Robert Dawson and Richard Slee Twenty Twenty’

    Musée Ariana, Geneva

    29 May to 25 October 2020


    Solo exhibitions include:

    • 2017: 'En Avant', The Shrine of St Augustine, Ramsgate, 14 July to 17 September [link]
    • 2015-16: 'Robert Dawson: Pattern Play', National Glass Centre,  Sunderland [link]
    • 2012: Surface Games / Jeux de Surface,  Barthète, Boussan, France  [link]
    • 2008: Ornament & Crime, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh [link]
    • 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


    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 [link]


    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:

    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