Stephen Bird

Stephen Bird Born 1964 in Stoke on Trent. Lives and works Sydney (AUS) and Dundee (UK)
Bird initially trained as a painter but now works across a range of mediums. Bird studied Fine art at Duncan and Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, and post graduate studies at Cyprus Art College. He has made ceramics and sculpture since early 1990’s. Bird has exhibited throughout the United Kingdom, Australia and the USA. Collections include the National Museum of Scotland, Art Gallery of South Australia and Artbank Australia. Bird has undertaken a number of significant commissions and is featured in Contemporary Ceramics, international Perspective by Emanuel Cooper, published by Thames & Hudson 2009. He lectures at the National Art School, Sydney.


    Stephen Bird - Rogue Heroes

    Stephen Bird

    Rogue Heroes

    16 November - 9 December 2017

    Gould Galleries
    270 Toorak Road, South Yarra 3141
    03 9827 8482
    Tues-Fri 10-5.30 Sat 12-4

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    Stephen Bird - Man with cup

    Stephen Bird

    A Melting Moment

    18 November - 6 December 2015

    63 Jersey Road Woollahra NSW Australia 2025

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    Horizon – Landscapes, Ceramics and Prints



    20 JUNE - 25 OCTOBER 2015

    A survey show of ceramics and works on paper, 1992 – 2014

    40 page colour catalogue with essay by Grace Cochrane AM is available from:
    Wollongong Art Gallery, Corner Kembla & Burelli streets, Wollongong, NSW, Australia.
    Phone: 02 4227 8500

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    Once Upon A Time In New England

    Once Upon A Time In New England

    11 November - 6 December 2014
    Opening drinks 2-5 pm Saturday 15 November

    Gould Galleries

    In 1842, Ralph Reid emigrated with his wife Emily from Scotland to Australia. He was a sheep farmer and had a family of 12 children. He committed suicide on April 24, 1868 and was buried in un-consecrated ground in a single grave near the Queensland, New South Wales border overlooking Acacia Creek. Ralph Reid was Stephen Birds great-great grandfather.

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    Horizon – Landscapes, Ceramics and Prints

    Bluecoat Display Centre presents

    Music Makers

    Compiled by Michael Brennand-Wood

    21st March 2014 – 3rd MAy 2014.
    The Bluecoat, College Lane Entrance, Liverpool, L1 3BZ, UK

    'The concept for Music Makers is relatively simple I’ve invited artists to make a single work that references the three classic musical storage formats pre digital, the12” Vinyl or Album, a 7” Single or a 4.5” CD in size. The subject of their work can reference an Album or particular track/song. It could be popular, classic, iconic or wilfully obscure, in any media or combination of media.' Michael Brennand-Wood.

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    My Dad was Born On The Moon

    My Dad was Born On The Moon

    2nd August – 4th September 2013

    The Scottish Gallery
    16 Dundas Street
    Edinburgh EH3 6HZ

    Edinburgh International Arts Festival

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    This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

    Horizon – Landscapes, Ceramics and Prints

    Horizon – Landscapes, Ceramics and Prints

    Museum of Decorative Arts and Design

    14th June 2013 – 23rd February 2014

    The exhibition 'Horizon - Landscapes, Ceramics and Print' is a visual narrative, illustrating the journey of landscapes, images and patterns through differing media to their realisation on the blue, black, pink, white tableware of The National Museum's Decorative Arts Collection.

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    Peripheral Visions: Contemporary Art From Australia

    Peripheral Visions: Contemporary Art From Australia

    Opening Reception: May 7, 2013 | 6PM - 8PM
    Exhibition Dates: May 8 – June 14, 2013
    Phoebe Rathmell performance: May 15, 2013 | 4:30PM – 8:30PM

    Garis & Hahn
    263 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

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    Melbourne Art Fair, Australia's premier visual arts event returns to the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building from 1-5 August 2012

    Stephen will be exhibiting with The Gould Galleries on stand E18

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    2012 Redlands Westpac Art Prize

    3 May - 2 August
    NAS Gallery, Forbes Street, Darlinghurst

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    Where the wild roses grow

    Stephen Bird
    Where the wild roses grow

    Art Dealer

    31 January - 25 February, 2012

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    First Floor, 38 Queen Street,
    Woollahra NSW 2025 Australia
    Phone: (02) 9363 3212


    HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics

    8 October 2011 – 8 January 2011

    A provocative and engaging exhibition of work by Australian artists using clay in unexpected and surprising ways, HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics highlights the versatility of this time-honoured material and, in doing so, re-imagines its possibilities.

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    Staffordshire Psycho

    Staffordshire Psycho

    Andrew Baker Art Dealer
    10 August - 10 September 2011
    26 Brookes Street, Bowen Hills Qld.
    Opening drinks with the artist 6 - 8pm on:
    Friday 26 August 2011
    Gallery hours: 10am - 5pm, Tuesday - Saturday or by appointment
    Contemporary Applied Arts

    Contemporary Applied Arts

    2 Percy Street, London W1T 1DD
    International Focus Showcase of the ceramics of Stephen Bird.
    29 July-3 September 2011
    how we live in the subs


    Touring exhibition
    ORIEL DAVIES GALLERY, WALES. 16 April – 6 July 2011
    St ANDREWS MUSEUM, SCOTLAND. 17 September -20 November 2011

    Featuring contemporary ceramic objects by artists with connections to Wales and Scotland, this exhibition explores the narrative possibilities of ceramics through material, form, history, image and context.

    The focus of the exhibition explores the notion of ‘place’ and ‘placement’ and highlights important associations in the field of ceramics which concern location, geography, ritual, commemoration and the souvenir. From large sculptural pieces to intimate figurative work, Placement presents a fresh perspective on our relationship with ceramics. Welsh ceramicist, Lowri Davies and Scottish ceramicist, Dawn Youll were invited by Oriel Davies and Fife Contemporary Art & Craft to curate Placement to explore and celebrate the diversity of current ceramic practice in Wales and Scotland. The exhibition also includes pieces by nine key artists, including Stephen Bird, Claire Curneen, Ken Eastman, Nick Evans, Laura Ford, Anne Gibbs, David Shrigley, Cecile Johnson Soliz and Conor Wilson.
    Collect 2010

    Collect 2011, 6th - 9th May

    Stephen will be showing work with Bluecoats Display Centre at this year’s COLLECT. Relaunched at the Saatchi Gallery in May 2009, COLLECT has an enviable reputation as a premier, annual fair for contemporary craft. Through its presentation of work from the best international applied artists, COLLECT has become a prestigious event in the international cultural calendar gaining the respect and support of many private collectors, museum curators and galleries.

    War on Pottery 16th November - 18th December 2010

    Rex Irwin Invitation pdf
    Stephen Bird will be exhibitng work at:
    Rex Irwin - Art Dealer, Downstairs, 40 Queen Street, Woollahra, NSW 2025

    War on Pottery

    War on Pottery is a selection of works from Stephen Bird’s Industrial Sabotage series of ceramics, which re-interpret the tradition of mass produced ornamental ceramics made in Stoke on Trent in the 18th and 19th centuries. He uses humor propaganda, trompe l’oeil and meaningless violence to re-tell archetypal myths and comment on complex collective issues including politics, cultural imperialism and the global power struggle...

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    CAST Presents: Laughter 13th August - 12th September 2010

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    Stephen will be exhibitng as part of the Laughter exhibition presented by Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania

    Artists: Stephen Bird, Ben Booth, Andrew Harper, Henri Papin (Mish Meijers & Tricky Walsh), Raom & Loba (Valerie Livory & Omar Martinez) and Nicole Robson.

    The fifth gallery exhibition on CAST’s diverse 2010 program of contemporary art is laughter, a group show curated by Victor Medrano (CAST Emerging Curator 2010). Laughter features funny artwork from five Tasmania artists, one UK artist and two French artists.

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