Stephen Bird in his studio with head plate- Sydney 2017

Born 1964 in Stoke on Trent.
Lives and works Sydney (AUS) and Dundee (UK)
Nationality: British / Australian.


1983-87 B.A. (Hons) Fine Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee.
1987-88 Post Graduate, Cyprus College of Art, Lemba, Paphos.
1996-98 Higher National Certificate, Ceramics, Angus College of Further Education

Professional & Residencies

2018 HUA HIN International Contemporary Arts Residency, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand.
2017 Speaker at Symposium, Narative_Rewriting Ceramic Histories, The 9th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, Icheon, Cerapia, South Korea
2016 Artist in residence, Taoxichuan International Studio, Jingdezhen, China
2015 Gimhae Clayarch Museum, Beyond Limitations, ceramic mentorship programe, South Korea
2014 Emotional Intelligence, The art of Charlotte Le Brocque, by Stephen Bird, article published in The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 53/2 July
2014 Art is a Joke! Lecture given at The Ceramic Study Group, Sydney, NSW
2012 Speaker at Australian Ceramic Tiannale, Subversive Clay, Adelaide, SA
2012 Ink Earth, article published in The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 51/3 Nov
2012 External examiner for MFA candidate, Sydney College of the Arts
2011 Sydney College of the Arts External examiner for MFA candidate
2010 Lecturer, National Art School, Sydney.
2009 Artist in residence, University of South Australia, Adelaide.
2009 Artist in residence, Hill End, support from Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW.
2009 Part time lecturer, Sydney College of the Arts.
2009 Speaker at Australian Ceramic Tiannale, Sydney.
2008 Artist in residence, Cicada Press, College of Fine Art, Sydney.
2008-2010 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.
2004 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.


2012 New work grant, established artist, Austalia Council for the Arts.
Vitrify. The Vitrify Alcorso Ceramic Award. (Shorlisted artist).
2011 Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award.
2010 New work grant, established artist, Austalia 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, Traveled to New York.
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.

Solo Exhibitions

2017 Rogue Heroes. Gould Galleries, Melbourne, Australia.
2015 A Melting Moment. Olsen Irwin Gallery, Sydney Australia.
2015 Stephen Bird: Bastard Son of Royal Doulton. Wollongong Art Gallery, Touring exhibition, Australia.
2014 Once upon a time in New England. Gould Galleries, Melbourne, Australia.
2014 Music Makers. The Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK.
2013 My Dad Was Born On The Moon. Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland.
2012 Where the wild roses grow. Rex Irwin Art Dealer. Sydney, Australia.
2011 HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics. Australia.
2011 Staffordshire Psycho. Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane, Australia.
2011 Placement. Touring exhibition. Oriel Davies Gallery, Wales. St Andrews Museum, Scotland.
2010 War on pottery. Rex Irwin Art Dealer. Sydney, Australia.
2010 Irony makes a country strong. Gould Galleries. Melbourne. Australia.
2010 Industrial Sabotage Phase-3. Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland.
2009 New work, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
2009 Windows show, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, UK.
2008 Industrial Sabotage, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
2009 The view from here, paintings from Australia. Open Eye Gallery,Edinburgh.
2007 Compass Gallery, Glasgow.
2007 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.
2004 One Five Two Gallery, Dundee Contemporary Arts.
2003 A journey to Australia through India, S.E. Asia. Open Eye Gallery.
2003 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.

Group Exhibitions

2018 HUA HIN International Contemporary Art, Exhibition, Bangkok, Thailand.
2018 From the sublime to the concrete. Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland.
2016 Transported | Roger Law & Stephen Bird. Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland.
2015 More Love Hours. Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, Victoria.
2013 Peripheral Visions: Contemporary Art From Australia. Garis+Hahn, New York, NY, USA.
2013 Horizon – Landscapes, Ceramics and Print, The National Museum of Norway, Oslo.
2013 Quinticential Australia, Olsen Irwin Gallery, Sydney.
2013 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, Adelaide Perry gallery, Sydney.
2013 NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, NSW Parliament House, Sydney.
2012 Redlands Westpac Art Prize, National Art School gallery, Sydney.
Illumination, animation screening festival. Bondi Pavillion, Sydney.
Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, Adelaide Perry gallery, Sydney.
Melbourne Art Fair. Represented by Gould Gallery. Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne.
Vitrify. The Vitrify Alcorso Ceramic Award, Jam Factory, Adelaide, South Australia.
Art Works, Art Words. Curated by Joe Frost. National Art School gallery, Sydney.
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.
Larger than Life. The Dundee Imagists in the 1980s. Lamb Gallery, University of Dundee.
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 Australian ceramics exchange project. National Art School. Sydney.
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Sydney.
Figuration, The Jam Factory Contemporary Craft and Design, Adelaide, Australia.
2008 National Sculpture Show, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, UK.
Collect, Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Represented by Scottish Gallery.
Hey Literary festival, Brook Street Gallery, Hey On Wye, Wales.
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Sydney.
2007 Wunderkammer: A Cabinet of Curiosities. Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, UK.
Scots Abroad, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.
Cup Show. Helen Stephen’s Gallery, Sydney.
2006 SOFA Chicago, USA. Represented by Australian Contemporary.
A funny thing happened on the way to the kiln. Delmar Gallery, Sydney.
Dundee Visual Artists Award Scheme. Generator project space. Dundee.
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, Australia.
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 and Royal Scottish Academy.
Cross Reference. The Association of Applied Arts. 18 Month touring exhibition.
1996 Sitting Pretty, Exhibition of Art Chairs, Kirkaldy Museum and Art Gallery.
1992 The Decade Show, Dundee Art Gallery and Museum.


McManus Redevelopment Project. To create a ceramic for open display for Dundee Museum and Art Gallery involving educational elements exploring the processes and materials of ceramics.
Creative Links Commission. To explore work within the context of disability and create two new works for Woodlands and Hazelwood schools. Funded by Scottish Arts Council in partnership with the Aberdeen City Council.
Big Hand Little Hand. Contemporary craft makers school residency project. A collaboration between Dundee Contemporary Arts and Dundee Education Department.
Large scale ceramic mural at Charles Square on Old St, East 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 m by 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.


My Dad Was Born On The Moon. Preview by Roger Law, Craft Arts International, Issue No.88.
The New Ceramics,Sculpting and Handbuilding, by Claire Loder, publisher A&C Black.
Pottery show to spark debate, The Corier, Dundee edition, 27th july.
Subversive Clay, Review by Robert Reasons, (image only). Marmalade, published by Jam Factory. Issue No 01.
Recent acquisitions, Artonview, National Gallery of Australia, issue 73, Autumn 2013.
50 things collectors need to know, Art Collector, Prue Gibson, issue 63, Jan-March.
Quinticential Australia, Sydney Morning Herald, 26th January.

Stephen Bird. Profile by Leslie Chow. Artist Profile Magazine. Issue 19.
Tough Landscape. Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum. Review by John McDonald. 24th Feb.
Melbourne Art Fair 2012, exhibition catalogue. Melbourne Art Foundation.
HYPERCLAY. Review by Altair Roelants. The Journal of Australian ceramics. Vol 51/1 April 2012.
HYPERCLAY. Review by Kerry-Anne Cousins. The Canberra Times. 3rd April, 2012.
Where the wild roses grow. Exhibition catalogue. Published through Blurb Books.
The Best Of 500 Ceramics. Lark Books, Sterling Publishing Co, New York/ London. ISBN 13:978-1-4547-0141-5.

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.

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.

Contemporary Ceramics, international perspective. By Emmanuel Cooper, Thames and Hudson
Ceramic Art and Perception, issue 77, Stop motion ceramics, by Toni Warburton.

500 Tiles, Lark Books, Sterling Publishing Co, New York/ London. ISBN-10:1-57990-714-8
500 Plates, Lark Books, Sterling Publishing Co, New York/ London
Indie travel guide, UK and Europa. Rockbuch, Hamburg. ISBN 978-3-927638-46-4

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

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.

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.

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

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

Sydney Myer International Ceramics Award. LaTrobe University, Vic, Australia.
Artesian Magazine. Review of Compass Gallery show. Summer edition.

Ceramic Review. Souvenirs From The Outside. By Gregor White. Issue CR 190.
Obsessive visions, Art Outside the Mainstream, England & Co, London.

Ceramics In Society. Plate Show. Spring edition.

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


National Gallery of Australia.
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.
Artbank Sydney, Australia.
Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne.
Aberdeen Museum and Art Gallery, Scotland.
Paisley Art Gallery and Museum, Renfrewshire, Scotland.
Dundee Art Gallery and Museum, Scotland.
Dundee District Council, Scotland.
Hackney Borough Council, England.
Mexican Consulate, Blairgowrie, Scotland.
Arizona State University Art Museum. USA.
The Grainer Collection, Washington, D.C. USA.