Matthew Dalziel, born Irvine, Scotland 1957.
Studied sculpture at Duncan of Jordonstone College of Art , Dundee (1981-85), Documentary Photography at Newport College, Gwent (1985-87) and Fine Art Photography and Sculpture at Glasgow School of Art (1987-88).
Louise Scullion, born Helensborough, Scotland 1966.
Studied Environmental Art at Glasgow School of Art (1984-88).
They met whilst exhibiting as individuals at the 1990 British Art Show, the five yearly showcase of contemporary British art which tours to three major cities in the UK. They began collaborating and exhibiting as Dalziel+Scullion in 1993. Their art practice explores mankind’s interaction with the natural environment and ecology through the use of photography, video, sound and sculpture.
Their work has been shown extensively in the UK and internationally – at the 1995 Venice Biennale and in other exhibitions in Austria, France, Australia, Lithuania, Israel, Japan and the USA. They have been frequently invited to present papers at academic conferences dealing with ecology and art or with cultural issues relating to climate change.
Their multi-media installations deal with global issues regarding man’s relationship with the natural world and subsequently their exhibitions have had wider international exposure, including galleries in the Czech Republic, Yugoslavia, Poland, Croatia and Romania (2002); Cyprus, Slovenia and Estonia (2003); Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania (2004); Venezuela (2005); Columbia and Chile (2006).
Dalziel and Scullion have attracted a number of nominations, prizes and awards for their work, including: a BAFTA nomination (2000), the Canada-based PESCA Environmental Award (2002), the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Creative Award (2004), the Saltire Award for Art in Architecture (2005 and 2007) and an Artes Mundi Prize nomination (2008).