Tim Etchells

Tim Etchells (1962) is an artist and a writer based in Sheffield, UK. He has worked in a wide variety of contexts, notably as the leader of the world-renowned performance group Forced Entertainment and as an independent artist whose work ranges from performance to video, photography, text projects, installation and fiction. He has worked in collaboration with a range of visual artists, choreographers, and photographers including Meg Stuart, Boris Charmatz, Asta Groting, Wendy Houstoun, Elmgreen & Dragset, Philipp Gehmacher, Hugo Glendinning, Vlatka Horvat and many others. In recent years Etchells has developed a substantial body of work in neon and LED text sculpture, which has been shown in galleries and public contexts all over the world, and which includes permanent site-specific commissions in Weston-Super-Mare, UK (2010), Theatre Mousonturm in Frankfurt (2012), Rosemount Shirt Factory in Derry-Londonderry (2013) and Lisbon (2014).

He has exhibited widely in the context of visual arts, with solo shows at Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Gasworks and Sketch, London; Künstlerhaus, Bremen; Gallery Jakopic, Ljubljana; and Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow. His work has appeared in the biennales Manifesta 7 (2008) in Rovereto, Italy; Art Sheffield (2008); Goteborg Bienale (2009); October Salon Belgrade (2010); with Vlatka Horvat, Aichi Trienale, Japan (2010); 1st Time Machine Biennale of Contemporary Art, Atomic shelter Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2011); and Manifesta 9 (Parallel Projects) (2012). Recent publications include “Vacuum Days” (Storythings, 2012) and “While You Are With Us Here Tonight” (LADA, 2013). In January 2013 Etchells was appointed Professor of Performance at Lancaster University. In 2015 he will guest-curate a programme in the Malta Festival, Poznan, Poland.


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