Robin Sullivan is an artist, producer and facilitator interested in creating spaces to bring people together and hold both trivial and hard conversations. With Interests spanning Neolithic Britain; understanding specific taskscapes; the power of community; Archaeology; new forms of recording history; togetherness; What is queer space? And the migration of plants and technologies to the UK throughout history. Robins Practice is expansive, but not convoluted. He is interesting in analysing places; telling stories and having fun and the varied outcomes of this work match the varied subject matter he explores. Its not a one size fits all scenario.
Their practice manifests itself in large scale ceramic Sculpture, Installation, longer Durational Projects with no defined outcomes Did Cornish Food Just Taste Better (2019-ongoing), Performance, Public Programmes And Everything And Nothing Has Changed (2021), Dinners Experimental Supper (2018 - ongoing), Talks and recently the formation of Temporary Civic Art Spaces An Other Art Space, (2021), A space for Others, not just another Art Space.
Robin has delivered events, commissions and projects for and with Lokaal 01 (Antwerp); Russell Coates Museum, (Dorset), Royal Albert Memorial Museum, (Exeter), FEAST, (Cornwall), White Gold international ceramic Festival (St Austell), Creative Civic Change (Par), Wheal Martyn Museum (Cornwall), Arts Council England and Cornwall College.
They have recently been selected to be part of the 1st Cohort of the Creative and Cultural Leadership Development Programme delivered by Cultivator Cornwall. Within this programme Robin is working on two practice based Action Research projects on Co-Created Art In the China Clay district, WHAT WE WANT AND WHY. And also ‘Inclusion and Diversity; outside of organisational structures and Into the streets’.
This year Robin was selected as a panelist for Real Ideals Organisation (Plymouth) online panel discussion Staying in and coming out: A reflection on the LGBTQ+ experience in creative Cornwall.
Robin was recently awarded an Arts Council England Project Grant for their upcoming 5 month Art and Heritage programme ‘And Everything And Nothing Has Changed. Alongside funding from Creative Civic Change, Coastal Community Fund, Ecobos, Imerys, Cornwall Heritage Trust and FEAST.
Artist Statement (2021)
I've always been a bit of geek, a bit might be an understatement. I’ve always been obsessed with the land, with the trees, the rocks, the dirt under my feet, with people. As a child I was infatuated by fossils ....and then by dresses and make up. As I've grown up I’ve worked in hospitality most of my life to support myself, and even when not working I was the one hosting dinner parties, making cocktails, organising walks with friends or trips away. I can really see how my life has influenced the work I make, and finally I feel my practice is aligned with my life - I get to do all the things I love, I get to meet wonderful people, spend time researching, exploring, reading, thinking, planning and hosting events... and now I get paid to do it? I think its why I work as hard as I do, being an artist is an honour and shouldn't be taken lightly, it's important to work hard for those that will engage with your work, to put on a good show, a good talk, walk, exhibition. They are giving up their time to be there so I always want to make it worth their while.
This new found realisation that art and life can be intertwined is shaping the way I think about and make work. Its like having this contextual backlog of thoughts, this over arching need to learn more, become entrenched in research and then thinking about how to bring people along on this journey, and not just bring them along, but to find ways to create space for them to think about these things, to engage and add to the conversion, to bring their own nuance to it. No good art is a one way conversation. and I'm becoming increasingly more interested in the idea that the work I make not having a defined end. As you will see, many of my works are listed as projects, as this is how I think about them, as projects, open and free to continue, many don't have a end date.
I am an Artist; Producer; a Writer; a Chef; a dreamer; an amature experimental archaologist; a mudslinger; a guide; a Queer man; a Performer, the hostess with the mostess. (Not exclusively)