Dale Collier, Cast in Concrete, 2016.
Dale Collier is a First Nations artist and socially engaged trans-disciplinary practitioner. Collier’s experimental method extends across the disciplines of sound, video, writing, performance, sculpture and installation. His work utilises intertextuality to interrogate contemporary falsehoods, nationalistic propaganda and complex co-opted Scottish settler & British convict traditions. Often manifesting as institutional critique, his site-specific projects traverse live spaces and places of key cultural, geo-political and environmental concern.
Collier's work re-examines the role of the 21st century artist/activist in challenging postcolonial frameworks. Dale was raised on Yuin Country. However, he has since followed his feet home to reside within the Wiradjuri Nation. In 2010 Collier graduated with 1st class honours in a Bachelor of Digital Media from the Queensland College of Art receiving the Award for Academic Excellence. Collier has won numerous awards including the Margaret Olley Post Graduate Art Scholarship Award, University of Newcastle 2014; the Brenda Clouten Memorial Travelling scholarship Maitland Regional Art Gallery 2016 and The Annual Student Art Prize, Wattspace student Gallery 2017. Collier is a current PHD Research Candidate at The University of Newcastle.
Since 2014 Collier has gained extensive experience with the Aboriginal art sector as an exhibition coordinator on multiple award winning projects from Australia’s leading Aboriginal artists and curators including The Most Gaoled Race On Earth by Adam Geczy & Blak Douglas at The Lockup Contemporary Art Centre, Black, White & Restive by Una Rey at Newcastle Art Gallery and Transmission curated by Cherie Johnson at The Lock Up Contemporary Art Centre.
Collier has worked with NAISDA choreographer Craig Bary for a number of years in the development contemporary Aboriginal art and cultural performance projects engaging NAISDA students in a professional capacity at Catapult Choreographic Dance Hub, Lake Macquarie Regional Art Gallery, and The Lock Up.
IN RESIDENCE 2019
This project is focussed on the professional development of the artist’s research and trans-disciplinary practice. While undertaking this residency the artist aims to examine the essential elements of praxis within their artistic research. With an intensive writing schedule, field recording kit and a few basic essentials this residency project is about creating space for new concepts, habits and ideas at the same time as consciously archiving old ones.