Mr Colin Robins

Mr Colin Robins

Lecturer in Photography

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)




BA Photography, West Surrey College of Art & Design 
MA History of Modern Art & Design, Falmouth College of Art


Teaching interests

Teaches practice and theory across the BA (Hons) Photography programme


Research interests

Anthology of Rural Life - An evolving visual documentation of rural communities throughout Europe.  A publication including work from the project alongside essays by Dr Menelaos Gkatzios (Newcastle University) and Martin Barnes (Senior Curator Photography, Victoria and Albert Museum, London) was released in March 2023. 

Grants & contracts

Arts Council of Great Britain / Arts Council England 1992 + 2012
Elmsgrant Trust 1996
Millennium Commission Project Award 2000
Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship 2004
Paperlitto Helsinki, Artist’s Grant 2014
Ernst Reuter Gesellschaft 2018
GRAIN commission 2020

Creative practice & artistic projects

Anti-Authoritarians  – Portraits of a Generation in Revolt  
Portraits of individuals involved in the 1968 political protests in Berlin. 
Exhibited at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge University, German Historical Institute, London, University of Helsinki and Free University, Berlin. 
The project was presented as an artist’s talk at the University of Bristol, March 2018
Included within the cultural programme at  the18th Annual Aleksanteri Conference, Liberation – Freedom – Democracy 1968-2018, Helsinki, 2018
The Banality of the Ideal (in collaboration with Dr Tomas Lochmann, Skulpturhalle, Basel)
Tracing the legacies of classical sculpture within the European social landscape.  Exhibited at Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cambridge University, Museum of Ancient Art & Archaeology, Aarhus, Abguss Sammlung Antik Plastik, Berlin.  Catalogue published by Antler Press (2013) - included in Yinka Shonebare's Guest Projects, London 2014
White Mining: Tracing the Paths of Kaolin and Marble Mining
Photographs from kaolin & marble producing regions throughout Central & Western Europe, Scandinavia, Finland, Ukraine, Alabama & Georgia USA, Anhui Province China and Espirito Santo State Brazil.  Exhibited at Royal Cornwall Museum, Kulturmagazinet, Sundsvall, Sweden / Eden Project, Cornwall / Arbetets Museum, Norrkoping, Sweden / Museum of Labour, Tampere, Finland


Key publications

Robins C & Udy O (2023) The Anthology of Rural Life. UK Antler Press
Robins C (2018) Die Antiautoritären Generation Revolte jetzt : Fotoausstellung im Foyer der Universitätsbibliothek der Freien Universität Berlin, Garystr. 39, 14195 Berlin, vom 8. November 2018-11. Januar 2019.
Shipley N (2001) The Rural Gaze. UK GRAIN Projects
Anthology of Rural Life. Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange 14/02/202360
Colin Robins and George Ellis: Cornish Vernacular Studios, 1940-2000. Auction House Gallery, Redruth, Cornwall 15/07/202275
Irish Road Bowling. Market Theatre and Art Centre, Armagh, Northern Ireland 08/08/202150 images
Anti-authoritarian Movement: Generation Revolt Now. Free University, Berlin 08/11/2018100+
Anti-Authoritarians: Berlin 1968-2018. Tiedekulma, Helsinki 10/09/201812
Anti-Authoritarians: Berlin 1968-2018. German Historical Institute London 10/05/201845
Other Publications
Robins C Exhibition: Terra.