Tim Olsen Gallery
Stephen  Bird

Stephen Bird

1964     Born Stoke on Trent, UK

1987     B.A. (Hons) Fine Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee

1988     Post Graduate, Cyprus College of Art, Lemba, Paphos

1998 Higher National Certificate, Ceramics,

Angus College of Further Education

Lives and works Sydney (AUS) and Dundee (UK) 

Nationality: British / Australian.     



2011    Staffordshire Psycho. >Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane , Australia

2010     War on pottery. Rex Irwin Art Dealer. Sydney, Australia

Irony makes a country strong. Gould gallery. Melbourne. Australia

Industrial Sabotage Phase-3. Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

2009     New work, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Windows show, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, UK

2008     Industrial Sabotage, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney, Australia

The view from here, paintings from Australia. Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

2007     Compass Gallery, Glasgow

Figure this, The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent

2006     Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

2005     Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2004     England & Co, London

One Five Two Gallery, Dundee Contemporary Arts<

2003     A journey to Australia through India, S.E. Asia. Open Eye Gallery

England & Co, London (concurrent show with David Larwill) 

2001     Compass Gallery, Glasgow

2000     England & Co, London

1998     Works on paper, Wysing Arts, Cambridge

1994     Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

1994     Psychology Institute, Edinburgh

1989     Tower Gallery, Dundee University


2011 Hyperclay: Contemporary Ceramics. Object Gallery:

Australian Centre for Design, Sydney.

Touring to 12 regional and metropolitan venues across Australia.

Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award. Melbourne, Australia.

A Cabinet of Curiosities. NG art gallery, Sydney, NSW.

The International Art on paper Exhibition,

Chiang Mai University Art Centre, Thailand.

Collaboration and Connection. Cicada Press: Incinerator Art Space.

Willoughby, NSW

  Intelligent Trouble: Loop (International Focus), Contemporary Applied Arts,

London, England

Collect, The Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York HQ, London, UK.

Big Small. Rex Irwin art dealer. Sydney, Australia.

Placement, Oriel Davies Gallery, Wales, and St Andrews Museum, Scotland.

City of Radicals, Bluecoat Display Center, Liverpool, UK.

2010 Collect, The Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York HQ, London, UK.

Laughter. Curated by Victor Medrano.Contemporary Art Space Tasmania.

Gold Coast International Ceramic Award. Gold Coast City Art Gallery. QLD

2009 Collect, The Sattchi Gallery, Duke of York HQ, London, UK

LINK: Korean and Australian ceramics exchange project

National Art School, Sydney

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Sydney

Figuration, The Jam Factory Contemporary Craft and Design, Adelaide

2008 National Sculpture Show, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, UK

  Collect, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

  Hey Literary festival, Brook Street Gallery, Hey On Wye, Wales

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Sydney

2007 Wunderkammer:  A Cabinet of Curiosities.  Bluecoat Display Centre,

Scots Abroad, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

Cup Show. Helen Stephen?s Gallery, Sydney

2006 13th Annual International Exposition of

Sculpture Objects and Functional Art (SOFA)
, Festival

Hall, Chicago, USA

A funny thing happened on the way to the kiln. Delmar Gallery, Sydney

Dundee Visual Artists Award Scheme. Generator Project Space. Dundee, Scotland

Society of Scottish Artists, RSA Edinburgh

2005 Absolut Secret, National Art School, Sydney

2004 On a Plate. With Richard Slee, Philip Eglin, Takeshi Yasuda, Scottish Gallery

2003 SOFA Chicago, USA. Represented by Scottish Gallery

New Wave II. 6 Welsh, 6 Scottish Makers. Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales

Storylines. Three applied artists explore narrative, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

2002 Sydney Myer International Ceramic Award. Shepparton, Victoria

2001 Obsessive Visions. Art Outside The Mainstream. England & Co, London

Intuition. Exhibition of self taught and visionary art, Crescent Arts, Scarborough

1999 The Plate Show. National touring exhibition curated by Collins Gallery, Glasgow

Islington Art Fair. London. Represented by England & Co

Society of Scottish Artists. Invited Artist as part of the year of Scotland Africa

The Morrison Portrait Award, RSA, Edinburgh

New Paintings. The British Work House Gallery, Dallas, Texas, USA.

1997 Noble Grossart Painting Prize. Glasgow Art School, Royal Scottish Academy

Cross Reference. The Association of Applied Arts. Touring exhibition

1996 Sitting Pretty, Exhibition of Art Chairs, Kirkaldy Museum and Art Gallery

1992 The Decade Show, Dundee Art Gallery and Museum



2007 McManus Redevelopment Project for Dundee Museum and Art Gallery involving educational

elements exploring the processes and materials of ceramics.

2004 Creative Links Commission. To explore my work within the context of disability

and create two new works for Woodlands and Hazelwood schools.

Funded by Scottish Arts

Big Hand Little Hand. Contemporary craft makers school residency project. Collaboration between Dundee Contemporary Arts & Dundee Education.

1999 Large scale ceramic mural at Charles Square on Old St, London

Commissioned by Hackney

Borough Council. Joint commission with artist Neil Irons.

A collaboration with local community,

adding personal local histories to the narrative of the mural.

Completed work was 3 x 25 m exterior on glaze ceramic mural, adjacent to main road Major site specific sculpture at Whitfield, Dundee. Commissioned by Dundee District Council. A community based project to design and make sculpture to commemorate the rejuvenation of shopping center and

library. Completed sculpture was 2 m high cast concrete with ceramic inlays.


2010 Lecturer, National Art School, Sydney

2009 Artist in residence, University of South Australia, Adelaide

Artist in residence, Hill End, support from Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW

Part time lecturer, Sydney College of the Arts

Speaker at Australian Ceramic Tiannale, Sydney

2008 Artist in residence, Cicada Press, College of Fine Art, Sydney

2008 Part time lecturer, National Art school, Sydney

2007 Elected member of Contemporary Applied Arts, London

2004 Artist in residence, Hazelwood school.

To explore work within the context of disability

Artist in residence, Craigie high school , Dundee. Big Hand Little Hand project

1998 Artist in residence, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge

1989 Artist in residence, Fuente Studios, Competa, Malaga, Spain


2011 Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award

2010 New work grant, established artist, Australia Council for the Arts

Special Commendation, Woollahra Small sculpture Prize

2006 Dundee Visual Arts Award

Aberdeen artists design award

Shell Expo Award

2005 Engage Scotland Visual Arts Education Award

2004 Professional Development Award. Scottish Arts Council Lottery Grant

Creative Development Award. Scottish Arts Council

2000 Dundee Visual Arts Award

1997 Mott McDonald Painting Prize, Aberdeen Artists Society, Travelled to N.Y

1987 Elizabeth Greensheilds Memorial Award

1986 Duncan of Drunfaulk Travel Award, Italy

1985 Ian Eadie Memorial Award. Traveled to Holland and Belgium

1984 Mitchell Painting Prize. Traveled to Barcelona, Spain


2011 Dark days, Bright Nights. WRAP Magazine, issue 3.

Published by The Wrap Paper Ltd, UK.

Placement. Published by Oriel Davies and Fife Contemporary Arts. ISBN 978-1-907346-03-3

The Midas Touch. Australian art Market Peport.Issue 38 first quarter 2011

Stephen Bird. Profiled by Grace Cochrane. Australian Arts Review.

Issue 27, May-June, 2011

Gold Coast International Ceramic Award. Exhibition review.

Craft Arts International. Autumn.

2010 Laughter. Exhibition catalogue. Contemporary Art Space Tasmania

Laughter. Exhibition review. Artlink, Australia and Asia-Pacific Vol 30 no 4

Ceramics Today. Jeffrey B. Snyder. Published by Schiffer Ltd

Collect @ Saatchi Gallery, Catalogue. Crafts Council of Great Britain

2009 Contemporary Ceramics, international percpective. By Emmanuel Cooper, Thames and


Ceramic Art and Perception, issue 77, Stop motion ceramics, by Toni Warburton

2008 500 Tiles, Lark Books, Sterling Publishing Co, New York/ London.


500 Plates, Lark Books, Sterling Publishing Co, New York/ London

Indie travel guide, UK and Europa. Rockbuch, Hamburg. ISBN 978-3-927638-46-4

2007 Ceramic Review. Review of Solo show at Scottish Gallery. Issue CR 224

2006 Dundee Visual Arts Award Scheme, Catalogue

Australian Contemporary at SOFA Chicago, catalogue

The Sunday Times, Inside Out magazine. Dec 2006 issue

SOFA Chicago, catalogue. Sculptural Objects & Functional Art

2005 Ceramic Art and Perception, issue 62, No Place Like Home, by Gregor White

The Australian News Paper, arts review, Dec 2nd 2005, by Sebastian Smee

The Journal of Australian Ceramics, 44#3. Collective Journeys by Stephen Bird

2004 Recent Ceramics at England & Co, exhibition catalogue. Text by Jane England

2003 New Wave, Wales-Scotland II Exhibition catalogue. Written by Amanda Game

2002 Sydney Myer International Ceramics Award. LaTrobe University, Victoria

Artesian Magazine. Review of Compass Gallery show. Summer edition

2001 Ceramic Review. Souvenirs From The Outside. By Gregor White. Issue CR190

Obsessive visions, Art Outside the Mainstream, England & Co, London

1999 The Plate Show, catalogue. Collins Gallery, Srathclyde University, Glasgow


Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

Artbank Sydney, Australia

Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne,

Aberdeen Museum and Art Gallery, Scotland

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Paisley Art Gallery and Museum, Renfrewshire, Scotland

Dundee Art Gallery and Museum, Scotland

Dundee District Council, Scotland

Hackney Borough Council, England

The Grainer Collection, Washington, D.C. USA

Consulate, Blairgowrie, Scotland

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