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Resting Place, Ellington Park, 2014. Pho


Dawn Cole is a professional artist who works from her studio in Birchington, Kent. She uses archives to explore themes of recollection, memory and memorial working with both her own personal archives and national collections. Dawn’s work develops from extensive research and has a strong narrative content. Working primarily in print, her approach is concerned with the very nature of print; repetition, reversal, layering and serendipity, and every idea, technique and material is researched to ensure it’s significance to the completed works. 


2020 Paper Trail, Maidstone Museum, Kent

2019 PrintFest7, Ålgården Gallery, Sweden

2019 Neither Use Nor Ornament, Ovada, Oxford

2018 9th International Print Biennale, Duoro, Portugal

2018 Prized, Northern Print, Newcastle

2018 Remember Me!?, The Chapter House, Canterbury Cathedral

2017 - 2019 No Man’s Land: Women’s Photography and the First world War. National touring exhibition Impressions Gallery, Bradford, Bristol Cathedral, The Turnpike, Leigh and Bishop Auckland Town Hall

2016 Pushing Boundaries, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin

Limerick Lace:Liminal Identity, Limerick, Ireland

Art Language Location Festival, Museum of Cambridge, Cambridge

2015 The Great Print Exhibition, Rheged, Cumbria

50 Years of Artists Prints, Bankside Gallery, London

Fall.Out, Whitdel Arts, Detroit, USA

The Art of Remembering, The Dock Museum, Barrow

2014 Lacemakers, Stables Gallery, Orleans House, Twickenham

Remembering, we forget, Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury

The Art of Remembering, Rheged, Cumbria

The Send Off, The Orangery, Knole Park, National Trust, Kent

Lace Effects 2, Calais Lace Museum, France

2012 6th International Kyoto Hanga, Kyoto, Japan


2017 Arts Council England Grants for the Arts, From Wasteland to Wasteland, R&D of collaborative project

2013 Arts Council England Grant for the Arts for Resting Place; a 3 year international touring project

Arts Foundation Fellowship Award for Printmaking, Shortlisted artist and finalist. Recipient of runners-up award

2012 Arts Council England Grant for the Arts Award for research and development

2011 V&A Print Prize, International print awards


2018 - 2019 Diaries of the Here and Now, University of Kent Special Collections and Canterbury Cathedral Archives, a community project inviting people to create and donate a diary to record their day on Nov 11th 2018 to mark the centenary of the Armistice. Resulting in the creation of over 200 diaries.

2016- 2020 Print Works  An ongoing programme of workshops, exhibitions and events developed with Appletye in response to the growing archive and collection of objects and ephemera from Thanet Press, Margate.

2017- 2019 From Wasteland to Wasteland, founder of collaborative project around peace and reconciliation with Dan Thompson, Lorna Dallas Conte, Graham Ward and Helder Clara in response to the Lochnagar Crater and archive, France

2017 - 2018 Artist in Residence Canterbury Cathedral Archives  Developing a project in response to researching at the archives and library

2014 – 2016 Resting Place  International touring project for installation and performance following the journey made by a WW1 VAD Nurse

2011 – 2014 CrysalisMetamorphosis, UCA Rochester. 3 year, multi-site project responding to textiles


Impressions Gallery, Bradford, Photography Archive

Scarborough Museum and Art Gallery, Print Archive

V&A Museum, London

British Library UK Web archive

Canterbury Cathedral 

University of Kent Special Collections

Duoro Museum, Print Collection, Portugal

Private collections in UK, China and America

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