Neil Roberts

Biography of Neil Roberts

This website constitutes the **catalogue raisonné** of works by Australian artist Neil Roberts (1954–2002). The original website was compiled from data gleaned from the artist’s substantial archive and scans from slides of his work mostly photographed by Roberts himself. This original work was carried out by Barbara Campbell and Merryn Gates with design by Art Direction Creative and funding from Arts ACT. This current website was relaunched in 2024 with data updates from Barbara Campbell and redesign by Holly (Sydney). Neil Roberts was an accomplished multi-disciplinary practitioner. Over the years, he worked with glass, collected objects and neon for sculptures, experimented with innovative and arcane copying technologies and drawing, and maintained a high profile through major public art commissions, the last of which, [_The Gift_](/exhibitions/the-gift), was completed by his widow, Barbara Campbell, for St Vincent’s Public Hospital, Sydney in 2002. Roberts was well-known in Canberra for his exhibitions in public, commercial, and artist- run galleries; his public artworks (most famously [_Flood Plane_](/catalogue/pa032), 1990—a large temporary neon work mounted on a travelling irrigator floating on Lake Burley Griffin); and his work as an art consultant and administrator (managing the 1995 Canberra National Sculpture Forum and _Archives and the Everyday_ in 1998). The artist-run space Galerie Constantinople and its related imprint Multiple Constantinople were both curated by Roberts from his studio-cum-home, a former factory in Queanbeyan, NSW from 1988 to 2001. Roberts studied at Orrefors Glass School, Sweden in 1981 and taught in the Glass Workshop at the Canberra School of Art, Australian National University in the 1980s. He was awarded the Australia Council Greene Street Studio, New York in 1989 and was Artist-in-Residence at ART-LAB, Manila in 1991. In 1995 he was awarded the inaugural ACT Creative Arts Fellowship, and in 2000, the CAPO Fellowship. Roberts participated in the [Adelaide Festival](/search?q=Adelaide%20festival&t=exhibitions) in 1984, [Anzart](/exhibitions/anzart%2Fauckland-'85) in Auckland in 1985, and the first [National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition](/exhibitions/national-sculpture-prize) at the National Gallery of Australia in 2001. Significant solo exhibitions include [_The Plait, the Tatt and Baudelaire’s Rope_](/exhibitions/the-plait%2C-the-tatt-and-baudelaire’s-rope) at the University of South Australia Art Museum (1993), [_Tiny Idols Heaped in Piles_](/exhibitions/tiny-idols-heaped-in-piles) at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space (1996) and [_Collected Works of Neil Roberts_](/exhibitions/the-collected-works-of-neil-roberts) survey exhibition curated by Merryn Gates for the Canberra School of Art Gallery (2001). Roberts’ work is held in many public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; QAGOMA, Brisbane; Art Gallery of South Australia; Canberra Museum and Art Gallery, Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Contemporary Art and Culture Centre, Osaka, Japan. The Estate of Neil Roberts and catalogue raisonné are managed by Barbara Campbell who welcomes any [feedback, additional information or enquiries](/contact).