Our Sculptors

Chris Dunseath FRSS

Chris Dunseath’s sculpture is influenced by a curiosity about the horizons of Theoretical Physics and relates sculptural concerns with current ideas that investigate the nature of space, mass, and time. Materials include, wood, stone, bronze and paper.
Contact email
Digital / Light / Sound
Mixed media
South West

Biographical Details:

Studied at Cheltenham College of Art. Postgraduate Sculpture at The Slade School of Fine Art. Fellow Cardiff College of Art. Winston Churchill Fellow. Academician of the Royal West of England Academy. Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors. 

Selected Individual Exhibitions:

2018             Duke’s Gallery, Duke’s Auctioneers, Dorchester, Solo Show Prize Winner, Dorset Art Weeks 2018.

2014             ‘Sculpture & Stars: Chris Dunseath’, The Open West - Winner of the Wilson Award, Cheltenham.

2008             ‘Chris Dunseath & Jenny Dunseath’, Priory Studio, Somerset Art Weeks.

2003             ‘Chris Dunseath: Parallel Universe’, Brewery Arts, Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

2001             ‘Chris Dunseath: Other Dimensions’, The Phillips Gallery, Brewhouse Arts Centre, Taunton.

1998             ‘Chris Dunseath: Space, Mass & Time’, Somerset Art Weeks.

1997             Woodlands Art Gallery, Blackheath, London.

1996             ‘Sculpture & Drawings by Chris Dunseath’, Somerset Arts Weeks.

1990             ‘Mandy Havers & Chris Dunseath’, Whitefriars Museum, Coventry.

1985             ‘Chris Dunseath’, The New Art Centre, Sloane Street, London.

1983             ‘Chris Dunseath’, St.Donat’s Art Centre, Wales.

1978             ‘Chris Dunseath’, Ibis Gallery, Leamington Spa; ‘Chris Dunseath’, Prescote Gallery, Oxfordshire;

                     ‘Meet the Craftsman: Chris Dunseath’, Parnham House, Dorset.

1974             'Trevor Crabtree & Chris Dunseath, Cardiff College of Art Fellows' Oriel, Cardiff.


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2021            'Royal Society of Sculptors Summer Exhibition', Old Brompton Road, London.

                    'Evolver Prize 2020 Exhibition', Ace Arts, Somerton, Somerset.

                    'Moorwood Art Group Show', Moorwood Art, Bruton, Somerset.

                    'Spring Open 2021', The Absent Gallery, Virtual exhibition.

2020            '168 Annual Open Exhibition', Royal West of England Academy, Bristol. 

                    'Hot Steam III', Science/Video/Art Festival, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.                   '

                    'Open Prizewinners' Exhibition', The Meeting House Arts Centre, Ilminster, Somerset.                    

                    'Drawing on Dorset', Arts in Hospital, Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester.

  2019          'Marshwood Arts Award', Allsop Gallery, Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset.

                    'Drawing on Dorset', Arts in Hospital, Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester.

                    ‘Black Swan Open,’ Black Swan Arts, Frome, Somerset.

                     ‘Humanising Medicine’, Bart’s Pathology Museum, St Bart’s Hospital, London.

                     ‘167 Annual Open Exhibition’, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.

                     ‘Drawing on Dorset’, The Slade Centre, Gillingham, Dorset.

                     ‘Sculpture Open, A celebration of contemporary sculpture’, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.

                     ‘Drawing on Dorset’, Fine Foundation Gallery, Durlston, Swanage, Dorset.

                     ‘Millfield Summer Show’, Atkinson Gallery, Millfield, Somerset.

                     ‘Parallel Lines: Drawing & Sculpture’, The Ingram Collection, The Lightbox Gallery, Woking, Surrey.

                     ‘Wells Art Contemporary’, Wells Cathedral, Wells, Somerset.

                     ‘Evolver Prize 2019’, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton, Devon.

                     ‘Drawing on Dorset’, Lighthouse Gallery, Poole, Dorset.

2018             ‘Black Swan Open’, Black Swan Arts, Frome, Somerset.

                     ‘166 Annual Open Exhibition’, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.

                     ‘Visions of Science Art Prize’, Andrew Brownsword Gallery, The Edge, University of Bath.

                     ‘Thelma Hulbert Open’, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton, Devon.

                     ‘Millfield Summer Show’, Atkinson Gallery, Millfield, Street, Somerset.

                     ‘Wells Art Contemporary’, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells.

                     'Evolver Prize 2019', Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton, Devon.

2017             ‘165 Annual Open Exhibition’, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.

                     ‘Black Swan Arts Open 2017, Black Swan Arts, Frome, Somerset.

                     ‘Illusions’, Menier Gallery, Southwark Street, London.

                     ‘Dorchester Arts Open 2017’, Dukes Gallery, Dorchester, Dorset.

                     ‘The Evolver Prize 2017’, The Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton, Devon.

                     ‘Looking Up: Explorations of the Sky’, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.

                     ‘Millfield Summer Show’, Atkinson Gallery, Millfield, Street, Somerset.

                     ‘Canwood Gallery & Sculpture Park’, Herefordshire. 

                     ‘Wells Art Contemporary Rewind’, Bishops Palace, Wells. 

                     ‘Drawn’, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol. 

                     ‘The Observatory: Perspectives on landscape, society and spirit’, Exeter Forum, University of Exeter. 

                     ‘Sour Times’, Mabgate Bleach, Leeds.

2016             ‘New Dimensions: Contemporary Art Inspired by Hidden Collections’, Museum of Somerset,Taunton.

                     ‘Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition’, Royal Academy, London. 

                     ‘26th Summer Show’, Atkinson Gallery, Millfield, Somerset. 

                     ‘New Dimensions’, The Wall, Musgrove Hospital, Taunton, Somerset.

2015             ‘Drawn’, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol. 

                     ‘Wells Art Contemporary’, Wells Museum, Somerset. 

                     ‘Black Swan Open’ Frome, Somerset. 

                     ‘163rd Annual Exhibition’, RWA, Bristol.

2014             ‘Wells Art Contemporary’, Wells Museum, Somerset. 

                     ‘The Open West 2014’, The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, Gloucestershire. 

                     ‘The Thelma Hulbert Open’, Honiton, Devon. 

                     ‘The Derwent Art Prize’, The Mall Galleries, London & Trowbridge Arts, Wiltshire.

                     ‘162nd Annual Exhibition’, RWA, Bristol.

2013             ‘161st Annual Exhibition’, RWA, Bristol. 

                     ‘Wells Art Contemporary’, Somerset. 

                     ‘The Derwent Art Prize’, The Mall Galleries, London. 

                     ‘Earth Air Fire Water’, Museum of Somerset. 

                     ‘Drawn 2013’, RWA, Bristol. 

2012             ‘International Exhibition of Wood Sculpture’, Sanyi Wood Sculpture Museum, Miaoli County,Taiwan. 

                     ‘160th Autumn Exhibition’, RWA, Bristol. 

                     ‘The Ludlow Open’, Shropshire. 

                     ‘Black Sawn Open’, Frome, Somerset.

                     'Plough Arts Centre Open Drawing Competition', Plough Arts, Great Torrington, Devon.

2011             ‘159th Autumn Exhibition’ RWA, Bristol. 

                     ‘Beyond Ourselves’, The Royal Society, London. 

                     ‘Metamorphosis’, RBS, London. 

                     ‘Open Photography’, RWA, Bristol. 

                     ‘Magnitude Nine’, Blackall Studios, Shoreditch, London; 

2010             ‘Beyond Ourselves’, BAS7 sideshow, Nottingham. 

                     ‘Celebrating Paper’, RWA, Bristol. 

                     ‘Near and Far’, RWA, Bristol.

                     ‘Affordable Art Fair Paris’, France.

                    '157th Autumn Exhibition', RWA, Bristol.

2009             ‘Paper Works Invitational’, Museo Gallery, Seattle, USA. 

                     ‘18@108 Paper’, RBS, London.

                     ‘RA Summer Exhibition’, Royal Academy of Arts, London. 

                     ‘Autumn Exhibition’, RWA, Bristol. 

                     ‘Babel’, Blackall Studios, Shoreditch, London. 

                     ‘The London Group’, Menier Gallery, London. 

                     ‘21st Summer Show’, Millfield, Somerset. 

                     ‘New Brewery Arts Open - Crossings’, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester; 

2008             ‘World Beach Project’, V&A, London. 

                     ‘Art London’, Chelsea Hospital, London.

                     ‘156th Autumn Exhibition’, RWA, Bristol. 

2007             ‘RWA Sculpture’, Bristol’. 

                     ‘18@108 Wood’ RBS, London. 

                     ‘19th Summer Show’, Millfield, Somerset. 

                     ‘Spectrum’, Abbey House, Wiltshire. 

                     ‘The Discerning Eye’, Mall Galleries, London. 

                     ‘155th Autumn Exhibition’, RWA, Bristol.

2006             ‘Contemporary Sculpture’, Rollo Gallery, London. 

                     ‘Elemental Insight’, Park Gallery, Falkirk, Scotland; Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk. 

                     ‘Full Spectrum’, Sherborne House, Dorset.

2005             ‘Elemental Insight’, Black Swan, Frome; Bridport, Dorset; Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, Devon;

                     Canterbury, Derby. 

                     ‘Pulputations’, Artworks-mk, Milton Keynes. 

                     ‘5D’, Town Mill, Lyme Regis, Dorset. 

                     ‘The Artist & Radio 4’, Bankside Gallery, London.

2004             ‘Elemental Insight’, The Met Office, Exeter, The Devon Guild & The BBC London. 

                     ‘Annual Exhibition’, RBS, London. 

                     ‘Sculpture in the Garden’, University of Leicester. 

                     ‘Pulped’, Thelma Hulbert, Devon. 

                     ‘The Discerning Eye’, Mall Gallery, London.

2003             ‘Open Sculpture’, RWA, Bristol. 

                     ‘Fresh Air’, Quenington, Gloucestershire. 

                     ‘Artist in Residence’, Appledore Festival, Devon. 

                     ‘Selected Selectors’, Sherborne House, Dorset.

2002             ‘Sculpture at Cotechele’, Cornwall. 

                     ‘Chris Dunseath, Burke & Takata’, Broomhill, Devon.

2001             ‘Sculpture at Broomhill’, Broomhill, Devon. 

                     ‘Summer Exhibition’, RBS, London. 

                     ‘Art/Craft/Science & Technology’, Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen. 

2000             ‘Contemporary International Basketmaking’, Cartwright Hall, Bradford. 

                     ‘Inside Out’, Flow, London; 

                     ‘The Basket Show,’ Oxford Gallery. 

                     ‘In Focus’, Sotheby’s Grosvenor Gallery, London. 

                     ‘Earthly Pleasures – 20th C Sculpture from the Arts Council Collection’, Leamington Spa Museum.

                     ‘With the Body in Mind’, Attenborough Centre, Leicester.

                     ‘Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden’, Surrey.

1999             ‘Contemporary International Basketmaking’, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester; Crafts Council Gallery,  

                     London; Brighton & Hove Museum.

                     ‘Triennial Sculpture Exhibition’, Royal West of England Academy.

1998             ‘The Art of Portrait Sculpture’, The Gallery in Cork Street, London.

                     ‘XXth Century Sculpture: Part 1&2’ Millfield, Somerset.

                     ‘Craftsmanship in Wood’, Montpellier Gallery, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

1997             ‘Portrait Sculpture Revived’, Cork Street, London.

                     ‘Ploughing the Bright Field: Buddhist Art’, Create Centre, Bristol.

                     ‘Dora House: Sculpture Display’, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London.

1996             ‘Coventry Porto Art Exchange’, Faculdade de Belas Artes, Porto, Portugal.

                     ‘Cheltenham Open Drawing 1966’, Gloucestershire College of Art and Design, Cheltenham.

                     ‘Portrait in the Round’, Cork Street, London.

                     ‘Logos 2nd National Art Competition’, Logos Gallery, London.

                     ‘RWA Open Sculpture Exhibition 1996’, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.

Prizes, Awards & Commissions:

2017             Winner of the Solo Exhibition Prize at Duke’s Gallery, Dorset Art Weeks 2018, Dorchester Arts Open.

2014             ‘The Open West 2014’, Winner of The Wilson Award, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum.

2013             ‘Wells Art Contemporary’, Prize Winner, Wells Museum, Somerset. 

2009             ‘SPP Foundation Purchase Award’ &‘The Cannon/Bullock Purchase Award, Washington State, USA.

2008             ‘Marshwood Vale Arts Awards’, Award Winner, Allsop Gallery, Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport.

2007             ‘RWA Sculpture Exhibition’ Award Winner, Bristol; ‘Summer Show’ Prize Winner, Millfield, Somerset.

Also:             Major Commission for Richardson Developments, Dudley; Major commission for Sandwell; Welsh

                     Arts Council Award; South West Arts Major Purchase Award; West Midlands Arts Bursary; ACGB



Arts Council England. The Royal Collection. SWA. Royal West of England Academy. Haverfordwest Museum. John Makepeace. Ackerman Foundation, NY. McDermott Collection, Texas. Sandwell Council. Chelsfield plc. Dame Shirley Collection. Tony Wilkinson Collection, Nottingham. Nancy Balfour’s Estate. Henry Moore Institute, Leeds. Strake Jesuit, Houston, Texas. University of Leicester. Met Office, Exeter. Robert Redford, Sundance, USA. SPP Foundation, Washington State, USA.