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Robert Bates was born in Wolverhampton. He studied fine art in Birmingham and at the Royal College of Art in London.
Since leaving he has exhibited regularly, most frequently in London with twelve one-man shows at the Lumley Cazalet Gallery, Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, Silk Top Hat in Ludlow, Glyndebourne and the Royal Watercolour Society in London. In the United States there have been one-man shows at the Hom Gallery in Washington DC, McNay Institute in Texas and Chivian-Cobb in New York. In Ireland there have been one-man shows at the National Gallery of Ireland, Wellspring Gallery inTralee, Jorgenson Gallery and The Molesworth Gallery in Dublin.
“In the Making” is a film made for BBC television about his work as a miniaturist.
His work features in the collections of The British Museum, The National Trust Foundation for Art, The Arts Council of Great Britain, The British Council, The National Gallery of Victoria, The South London Art Gallery, The McNay Institute, Texas and Dept. Foreign Affairs Dublin as well as private collections internationally.
Robert left Bishop’s Castle in 1985 and lived in Ireland for 21 years before returning to live in Shropshire.
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If you are travelling to visit this exhibition please phone the Town Hall on 01588 630023 just to check that the gallery isn’t closed for a wedding. So far, it will be closed on the 3rd, 4th, 10th & 11th May.