Aerospace engineer turned artists Dallas Collins, studied sculpture at the RCA London from 1999-2001 and then worked for the RCA for two years and taught sculpture in Chelsea, London, Bristol and Cardiff. In 2007 Dallas was short-listed for the Jerwood sculpture prize with his work ‘Sweet’ and In 2008 was commissioned by Barratt homes to produce a major large-scale bronze piece ‘Ocular Gate’ for a development in Bristol. Dallas has had numerous exhibitions and shows throughout the UK, USA and Europe, including work held in several private and public art collections. In 2009 Dallas helped initiated an artist collective, the group were short-listed to represent Wales at the Venice Biennale in 2011. In 2016 Dallas joined the RWA as a network artist and in 2018 was selected as an Academician.
‘Ocular Gate’ was a major public art project that Dallas had with Barratt Homes of Bristol UK and South Gloucestershire Council in 2008. The projects’ aim was to produce a piece of work that would unite the two housing estates (1900-2008-9) through a collective and historical time line. The work was an amalgamation of events, historical reference and community involvement. The two pictures show the sculpture being delivered from the Black Isle Foundry, Inverness, Scotland and the sculpture in place in the housing estate in 2011.