19-28 September 2014

Chris Dunseath – the open west 2014 winner of The Wilson Award

  • the open west is pleased to present a solo exhibition of sculpture and drawings by Chris Dunseath, a professional sculptor and former undergraduate of Gloucestershire College of Art & Design, Cheltenham. The recipient of The Wilson Award 2014, Chris was selected for an exhibition at the Gardens Gallery by Jane Lillystone, Museum, Arts & Tourism Manager and Sophia Wilson, Exhibition Team Leader at The Wilson, who were attracted to his work “because of its intriguing quality, the use of materials and play between them, and the spaces they create”.


  • Chris has said that he “was pleased to win The Wilson Award at the open west 2014 as the quality of the work of my co- exhibitors was very high… As a former student of Gloucestershire College of Art and Design (68-71) it was an added bonus to be able to return and exhibit in the town of my formative years.”


  • The sculptures in the exhibition vary dramatically in scale and are made of a variety of materials including wood, both carved and constructed, limestone and paper. In some of the sculptures wood is used in its solid form over which thin strips of ash veneer have been laminated and then removed and reassembled to construct light open structures. Chris will also be showing a series of intricate pen and ink drawings associated with the sculptures.


  • “My work is partly influenced by a curiosity about the horizons of Theoretical Physics and tries to relate sculptural & two-dimensional concerns with current ideas that investigate the nature of space, mass and time. Some of the sculptures have dark interiors that invite the viewer to look into them to see a myriad of stars and are influenced by theories such as the Multiverse, which suggests our universe is only one among an enormous number of separate and distinct universes.”              


  • Chris’s long career has encompassed postgraduate studies at the Slade, a Cardiff Sculpture Fellowship, the Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship, Egypt, and as Academician of the Royal West of England Academy. He has exhibited internationally for many decades, has work in collections including Arts Council England, The Royal Collection, The Met Office and The Henry Moore Institute. Chris is currently a visiting lecturer at various art faculties including The Royal Academy Schools.



Open daily 11am-5pm

Entry Free

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