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:

        • 2023: Signifying Nothing in Colour, Ken Artspace, London, 11 to 27 May 2023
        • 2023: Signifying Nothing, Ken Artspace, London, 15 April to 6 May 2023
        • 2021-22: Pièces à problèmes - Robert Dawson and Richard Slee, Musée Ariana, Geneva
        • 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