CONN, Dawn

From humble beginnings, growing up on a farm in New Zealand, I was taught the value of being resourceful with what I had.  I would love to sew, do art or fossick around the tool shed building things.  This has had a great influence on my choice to use primarily found and recycled material today.  My unique and very tactile style of sculpture represents me love of combining the industrial rawness of metal and/or wood with the rich weaves of textiles.

I love to create art and sculpture from found, recycled or vintage materials.  These materials with their stories, history and details never cease to inspire me.  The aim of my work is to create these materials into new stories and life.  I love creating whimsical, expressive figures that have a touch of quirky humour.  I want to share with people these stories and generally use human figures because I want it to be accessible to the average person and to tell a story about life.


2001 – 2010    University of Queensland (BA in Art History)

2005                   Brisbane Institute of Art (Creative Practices)

2007 – 2008    Kensington & Chelsea College, UK (Sculpture -Teacher taught by Sir Anthony Caro)

2009                   Central St Martins College, London (Foundation Diploma in Art & Design)

2009                   West Dean College, UK (Metal Sculpture)

2011                   Brisbane Institute of Art (Sculpture II)


2008                   Guildford Art College Show, UK

2009                   Spaces and Objects, St Martins, London

2009                   Summer School, West Dean, UK

2011                   Brisbane Institute of Art