Rob Olins

Working cross media, informed by Architecture, the Urban Environment, acoustics and modern engineering techniques, Rob Olins focuses on blurring the boundaries between art and science.

His interest in the built environment lead him to be commissioned to create site specific award winning works in the UK, USA, Kuwait, the UAE, South Africa, Germany and the Maldives for a wide range of sites and clients, These include universities, schools hospitals, transport hubs and large corporations.

Hi most recent collaborations have been working in partnership with the University of Bath on the practical applications of acoustic reflections and the Royal College of Music developing acoustic interactivity on his current touring exhibition House of Mirrors.
Major Commissions Public Art Work and Landscapes
2012- 13 Art  Intervention and Landscaping Club and Housing Units Cresta Holmes Poole DorsetLeysdown Seside Lighting Project, Kent. Sound Mirrors, High Chelmer, Chelmsford.       
2010-11 Aluminium Gridshell Structure for Warwick Law Courts, Palm Court Sculpture Langham Hotel London, 2 4.5m suspended bronze forms for Kew Capital, London Permanent Art Interventions, “The Venue” Centre for Performing Arts Milton Keynes.
2009      “Maidstone Marker” 20m interactive pylon for Maidstone Borough Council.  10m hanging sculpture Bristol Royal Infirmary. Lighting artwork for Travelodge   Bracknell. Temporary Grid Structure for RIBA Gold Medal Award. 5, 12m Grid Structures Leigh on Sea*.
2007- 8   12m x 5m Lit Gridshell for Allen and Overy, City of London.  Sculptural Lighting and other features for Four Seasons Hotel Mauritius.Swansea Point Sound Mirrors, Promenade and Park. Landmark Structure, Bentley Bridge, Wolverhampton. 50m long Atrium Sculpture for NHS Romford Hospital. Mittal Steel, Cast Stainless steel and 4 x rolled stainless steel sculptures, Berkley Square, London.  Three 7.5m Suspended sculptures for John Lewis, Cambridge.
2005 -6    Cambridge University, CAPE, external Photonics Sculpture, “Net II” Kinetic Sculpture, IMC Warwick      University. St Lukes Wildlife Garden   Chaplefield Spire 12m structure for retail development Norwich.
2003-4     2 pieces Standard Life, Edinburgh, Series of 10 optical works for Centrica head office, Windsor. Coast Project Sculptures/lighting/Floor wall designs for Bishops Park College, Clacton on Sea, Essex. Nuneaton Justice Centre External Sculpture. 60m optical work National Railways, South Bank, London.
2001-04 “Haverhill Gateway Roundabout” 20m Diameter Permanent Light/Metal Installation, Haverhill, Suffolk2000/02 External Water feature, Airways Trust, Heathrow, London.  “Twister” External piece, Akelier, Reading. 15m x 15m suspended sculpture for Castlemore, Basingstoke.
1997- 00   Kinetic and wall piece Durban Hilt
2013   Martello Tower Gallery, Essex. Royal British Society of Sculptors, London
2012   Mirror House August Art London. House of Mirrors, The Mission Gallery, Swansea, SVA Stroud.
2011   New Academy London.
2007   New Academy London                                        
2005  Platform For Art, Gloucester Rd, Underground Station London
2002  New Academy, London
2000  Delfina Studios Upper Gallery, London. New Academy Gallery, London. Woodlands Art Gallery, London.
1988/91 Gallerie +-, Walldurn, Germany Gallerie am Andlauer Hof, Galerie Forum, Nuremberg D
Articles in 
Time Out, Times, Guardian, Financial Times. Times Educational Supplement Design Week, Interiors, Perspectives, Platform For Art (black dog publishing), Building Design (3 times) Metro Magazine, Planning, Landscape.  A-N Magazine, National Television ITV London Tonight, “Working Lunch” BBC2, National Radio, the Art Show Wales. Various Regional Radio and Television appearances.
Academic Papers

“Fabric-Formed Parabolic Shapes for Acoustic Focussing” University of Bath ref AR30315 Sam Oldfield , Prof. Tim bell 2012
“ Public Art Technogy and Live Audio Capture” Ryan Cockerham,  Royal college of Music 2013
2013    Royal British Society of Sculptors “first at 108 award” House of Mirrors.
2012    “Time Out" Whitechapel top 5 shows February in London
2010    Arts for Health Artist Advisory Panel (South West) 
2009    1st Prizewinner Building Better Healthcare Award for Best Use of Visual Art in Healthcare at Bristol Royal Infirmary. Artist team with Willis Newson Consultants
2005    Shortlisted for A & B National award (Haverhill Gateway)
2002    Shortlisted for Art at Work National award (Royal and Sun Alliance)
1998/02 Member and voted onto Council of Royal Society of British Sculptors, Made FRBS.
1994    Invited Symposium in St. Lamprect, Nr. Graz Austria
1993    Professorial Residency at Ohio State University, Columbus Art League, prizewinner.
1992    Symposium in Obereichstatt, near Munich, Germany. Delfina Studios Residency, Casa Manilva Spain
1989    Barlocher International Design Group Residency at Agen, France
1980    Travelling Scholarship, The Polytechnic, Wolverhampton. (Now University of Wolverhampton).
Group Exhibitions
2013    Quennington Gardens Gloucestershire, “Sensation” event Chelmsford, Cody Dock Lugas London, Watermans Arts Centre London  “Performance Weekender”, Ludlow Open
2012    Open West  Gloucester Cathedral 
2010/11Collier Bristow Gallery London. “Fresh Air Quennington” Gloucestershire, August Art
2007/9 Quennington Gardens Gloucestershire, Abbey Gardens Wiltshire
2007     Lamberhurst Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire. 18@108 at the RBS Londo
2003     Art 2003/Blue Gallery, dART Canary Wharf, West End Quay, London Workplace 03 London
2002     Sarah Mayerscough, London, Jerwood Space London. Spectra 2002. Digital. Royal Mint
1998     Art at Vitalis, London, with Workplace Art Consultancy. Towner Gallery, Eastbourne.
1992/97Blue Gallery, London. Mall Galleries, M.T.V. London. New Barn Gallery, Aldeborough. Hopkins Gallery, Ohio. ICA London. St Lambrect, Austria. Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A. Wood Carving, Crafts Council Touring Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London. Gallerie Taller de Arte, Madrid. Smiths Galleries, London,
1987/92 Whitechapel Gallery "Open". Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. Kloster Asbach (Bavarian National Museum). Poole Arts Centre, Dorset. Gallerie Echo, Salfeldon, Austria. Art Nuremberg, Germany.
"House of Mirrors" installation, SVA, Stroud UK
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Listening Ears Osterly House Installation
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"Moiree" Platform for Art London Underground
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"Out and About" , Mobile, Three painted aluminium gridshells
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"Looking Glass" Stones supported on Sprung Glass
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"Peel" Painted Steel supporting Magnets
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"Life Boat" Bristol Royal Infirmary, Metal and Glass
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Hygens Flow, Light Water Feature, Cambridge Photonics Lab UK
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"Dome Room" Acoustic reduction installation
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"Swansea Point", Acoustic reflectors of steel and slate Swansea UK
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"Light Lines" Colour Kinetic artwork, Walton High School, Milton Keynes UK
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"Seaside Lights" Colour Kinetic Lights in Leysdown on Sea UK.
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