Technician Demonstrator Metal
Specialist Subject Areas
Fine art sculpture, foundry art practice and metalwork.
1999-2001 Royal College of Art. MA Sculpture and specialised in fine art foundry practice.
1996-1999 Norwich School of Art and Design. BA (Hons) 1st Class, fine art sculpture
Membership of academic & professional bodies
2018 Appointed Academician of the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
2018 Member of the Royal Society of Sculptors, London
Dallas studied sculpture at the Royal College of Art from 1999-2001 and lectured in bronze casting and sculpture in Chelsea, London, Bristol and Cardiff. Dallas joined the Royal West of England Academy in 2016 as a network artist and was elected as an Academician and council member of the RWA in 2018. In this year he was also selected as a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors in London. He’s had numerous exhibitions and shows throughout the UK and abroad including the USA and Japan. Dallas was shortlisted for the Jerwood sculpture prize in 2007 and in 2010 helped set up an artist’s collective that was shortlisted to represent Wales at the 54th Venice Biennale. Dallas joined the Board of Trustees at the RWA in 2020. He now lives in South Gloucestershire and works from his studio in Bristol.
Dallas’ former career as an aircraft engineer and eclectic interest in objects, science and science fiction have been the focal point for most of his art. Dallas’ work explores the idea of the aftermath of an uncontrolled chaotic event in time and the post-apocalyptic space that's left behind. His work is frozen in a historical state of change by using bronze casting and a variety of construction methods. Dallas' work is an exploration of 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 he weaves into his work can be read as a manifestation of energy distilled down to its true essence. Collaborations between art and science are important to Dallas because of the similar questions pursued by their respective practices. Artists and scientists can influence one another’s work by offering complementary perspectives on these questions of space, time and entropy. Dallas states ‘There is something beautiful about the exploration that takes place in an art studio and the methodical and intentional exploration that science has; we all have common interests and different approaches in discovering its true nature and my art tries to follows these paths’.
Principal Publications, Exhibitions and Awards
Without Borders 2021-22
Our exclusive Q&A with sculptor, Dallas Collins
Bristol Life - Issue 253:
Venice Vending Machine Ed. VII
2018 'Cooking Without Gas...' The Pound Arts Centre, Pound Pill, Corsham UK.
2022 'Together We Rise' The Royal Society of Sculptors and Chichester Cathedral
2022 'RWA The Kenny Gallery 'This Is Me', Exhibition, Bristol.
2022 '1SSUE International traveling show' Art & Mind Centre, Nagoya, Japan.
2021 '1SSUE International traveling show' Art Spot Korin, Kyoto, Japan.
2021 '1SSUE International traveling show' Swansea, SA1 1PE
2009-2020 'RWA 168th Autumn Exhibition’, Bristol.
2020 'RBSA Prize Exhibition' Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Birmingham.
2020 'RWA Small Things Bright and Beautiful Exhibition’, Bristol.
2019 'Otherworldly' Millfield Sculpture Trail, Street BA16 0YD.
2019 'RBSA Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Open All Media 2019'
2018 'VVM7' Tate Exchange Tate, Liverpool
2018 'Otherworldly' Sculpture Garden Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire.
2018 '1SSUE 16' West Wharf Gallery, Jacobs Market, Cardiff.
2018 '2010-1018 BV Open Studios’ Bedminster, Bristol.
2017 'Black Swan Arts Open' 2 Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset.
2017 'RWA Academician Candidate Exhibition' Bristol.
2017 'Plymouth Contemporary Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth.
2017 'Iron Tribe Symposium' Highlands State University, New Mexico, USA.
2017 'Centrespace Gallery', Leonard Lane Bristol.
2016 'WAC' Wells Art Contemporary. The Bishop's Palace, Wells.
2016 'IV Venice Vending Machine'. Kunst Altonale 18, Hamburg, Germany
2016 'Centrespace Gallery'. Leonard Lane, Bristol.
2015-2016 ‘Secret Post Cards' RCA, Art Dubai, Madinat, Jumeirah.
1999-2016 ‘Secret Post Cards’ RCA, London.
2016 'Homunculus @ Asylum'. Caroline Garden's Chapel, London.
2015 'WAC' Wells Art Contemporary. Wells and Mendip Museum.
2015 'III Venice Vending Machine' part of the 56th Venice Biennale.
2007 'Jerwood’ Union Street, London (Jerwood Sculpture prize).
2010 'Source Atelier d'art’ Les Thermes, France.
2010 Arts Council of Wales.
2010 Safle ‘Blue Bell Hanger’ Cardiff.
2008 Barratts Homes of Bristol ‘Page Court Development’ Bristol.
2007 Jerwood Maquette Commission.
2006 South Gloucestershire Council Art Trail.
2002 Glaxco Smith Kline.
2002 English Heritage.
2001 Hedley Foundation Scholarship.
2001 Trident Foam Ltd, Materials sponsorship,
1999 Wellcome Trust Award for Science & Art.