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Dale Collier

Dale Collier is an interdisciplinary artist interrogating contemporary falsehoods and nationalistic propaganda as part of the everyday Australian dream.

Dale Collier is a socially engaged artist embracing interactive new media, site specific performance and large-scale projections. He sees audience participation as a key element in activating social change. Collier’s works often re-contextualise discarded objects together with neglected histories, in order to draw similarities between our throw-away culture and Australian history.

Collier is currently showing newly commissioned work as part of Hunter Red: Seeing Red, an exhibition looking at activism and protest, curated by Madeleine Kelman Snow and Courtney Novak at The Lock Up, Newcastle NSW until 1 July 2018. He is also showing as part of THE 1818 PROJECT at Newcastle Art Gallery from 8 September 2018. This exhibition brings together eight contemporary local and national artists to address personal cultural histories and stories of Australian migration. Earlier this year, Collier was one of 30 artists to participate in Time_Place_Space: Nomad - an international action research residency hosted at Natimuk, in regional Victoria. 

In 2017, Collier was a finalist in the Whyalla Art Prize, Country Arts SA and Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award. In 2016 he received the Brenda Clouten Memorial Travelling Scholarship in 2016 and was a finalist in the Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize and Redland Art Award. Collier is a graduate of Griffith University, Queensland and received a Margaret Olley Post Graduate Scholarship Award to take up research candidature at The University of Newcastle. His research is focussed on reviving the social medium and re-examining the role of the 21st century artist/activist in challenging postcolonial frameworks. Collier won the University of Newcastle Annual Student Art Prize in 2017 and 2016.

In this video, Collier chats to NAVA about experimenting with different types of practice to break down Indigeneity and Non-Indigenous relationships, and the important role art plays to help us connect with our history and articulate the way we feel about this country. 

Video Production: Dominic Kirkwood.

Photo: Amala Groom, shot on location at Natimuk while participating in the TPS NOMAD residency.