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
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
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.
Intelligent Trouble: Loop (International Focus), Contemporary Applied Arts,
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.
PROFESSIONAL & RESIDENCIES
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