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Email: email@robertcolbourne.co.uk


Though the work I do is varied, I aim to maintain an approach that values sense of place. For example, this may mean walking and creatively documenting sites, visiting archives, researching precedents and talking to those connected to a certain place. History and ecology are always in focus, though I always look for those important resonating details that can build relationships, inform the design process and generally enrich the conversation. From my experience, the best solutions come from collaborative initiatives. I enjoy the process of drawing, writing and ultimately working to a shared vision. I am interested in how we can simultaneously reveal hidden meanings and identities, delight the site-user, improve water management, increase biodiversity and intelligently shape places to work to their best potential.

My working practice and past experience allow me to undertake a range of approaches to projects and places. I strive to embed ideas throughout the planning, design and building process.

Some Influences

"The crucial issue is not whether but how an artist enters a space." [Rosalyn Deutsche]

"Loss of identity undermines commitment to place." [Nabeel Hamdi]

"Creativity arises out of the tension between spontaneity and limitations, the latter (like the river banks) forcing the spontaneity into the various forms which are essential to the work of art or poem." [Rollo May]

"Breaking with the modernist paradigm, artists of extraterritorial reciprocity undermine the whole issue of topography inasmuch as they refuse not only geographical borders but borders of all kinds, including those separating art from what is not art, from other and sundry social undertakings. Like territorial artists, they are suspicious of any talk of autonomy; like world artists, they decline any inheritance. Their artistic practice does not necessarily culminate in the production of works, but nor is it exclusively process based. Rather, these artists see art as a system for producing meaning, which is most effective when engaged in overstepping borders and setting up interdisciplinary 'work sites'. By displacing the creative centre of gravity toward artistic activity - originating in an artistic attitude or idea, before spreading amongst the public - these artists seek to challenge the specificity of art as work on a unique object (painting, sculpture), by activating other domains and inviting other currents of knowledge to irrigate the field of art. As they see it, art has now integrated literally everything - other disciplines, other materials of all orders - and no longer needs to retrench itself behind borders of any kind. Nothing whatsoever links art with a specific geography, and all that links it to its own history is a certain aesthetics of decision-making, specific to each artist."[Stephen Wright]