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Tim A Shaw makes installations, light-sculptures, paintings and mixed media assemblages that explore mental health; in-between states of bodies and fleshy masses as they transform, evolve and heal. He is also co-founder of Hospital Rooms, a charity that commissions artists to improve the environments and help to encourage creative activity in mental health units.
INSPIRATION & VISION
Tim makes immersive spaces that have an atmosphere separate from the gallery space, and manipulates the way the individual works can be seen within them. For ‘Pierrot Studio’ he constructed a timber frame replica of Arnold Schoenberg’s study, based upon photographs of the composer at work. Rather than presenting a fixed piece of architecture, the installation was instead a psychic, imagined shell, with a number of tableaus that included re-imaginings of Schoenberg’s own portraits, and musicians playing a piece by composer Ewan Campbell, who he collaborated with. For ‘Refuge’ he accentuated the claustrophobic nature of the Griffin Gallery Perimeter Space by using a ramp to give the feeling of diminishing space. Underneath the ramp is a refuge that contains a number of closely observed, head-size impasto paintings that act like characters that populate this sanctuary.
Tim has completed a number of installations over the last few years, including Lightsource Installation at The Wapping Project, Crazy Golf at The Deptford Project, Crazy Golf at Grosevenor, Crazy Golf at The Apollo Project, Pierrot Project at Generation & Display, Entrances & Exits at The Warehouse, Waterloo, Pierrot Studio at Display Gallery and Refuge at Griffin Gallery Perimeter Space.
Tim is currently working on a project with researcher in military psychology Laura Palmer and philosopher Ed Thornton funded by the King's College 'Collaborative Innovation Scheme' which will re-evaluate the theoretical model of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. The project will involve a participatory time-based installation and a salon event at Bethlem Gallery. Tim is also working with the curator Niamh White on an Arts Council England and Isabella Blow Foundation funded Hospital Rooms project at an Adolescents mental health unit in South London.
He has group exhibitions planned for later in the year, and Hospital Rooms have several projects lined up in mental health units in London and around the country for 2017 and 2018.
It's Nice That, 10th October 2017
Hospital Rooms is an arts and mental health charity that believes in the “enduring power of the arts to instil value, dignity and wellbeing in people.” They work with mental health practitioners, service users and commission museum and gallery quality artists to create “site specific, inventive and compliant environments,” for predominantly secure and locked mental health units. They also run creative workshops for service users within said units.
Hospital Rooms was founded by artist Tim A Shaw and curator Niamh White after they visited a close friend on a mental health ward and found themselves ...
Colart, 30th March 2017
About his practice, understanding art materials and how art can impact mental health
Tell us a bit about your practice as an artist.
I’m a multimedia artists and I make installations, light-sculptures, paintings and mixed media assemblages. Much of my work explores moments of transition; in-between states of bodies and fleshy masses as they transform, evolve and heal. ...
The Guardian, 15th February 2017
A psychiatric ward in London has been given a makeover, with work donated by artists and workshops for patients
When most people think of a secure mental health unit, they don’t tend to picture it decorated with artwork by award-winning artists and patients.
A psychiatric ward housing patients with schizophrenia in Springfield University hospital in Tooting, London, however, has undergone an artistic renovation. The once blank, colourless walls now house a variety of pieces from artists such as the Turner Prize-winning Assemble and photographer Nick Knight as well as by ...
SHOWstudio, 05th October 2016
We want to create a movement to spotlight that mental health has been absolutely pushed to the side. It’s underfunded, it’s sidelined, it’s stigmatised. We want to be leading the way towards changing the way it’s viewed and we feel that artists have a wonderful ability to do that.
Lou Stoppard: Tell me how the concept for Hospital Rooms came about.
Tim A Shaw: In part, it was because we both know people who have suffered from mental health problems. After visiting a friend who was sectioned at a ...
Arts Council England, 30th June 2016
A Grants for the Arts funded initiative is helping minds and changing lives in south west London
A project is underway in Tooting, helping to improve the health and aid recovery of patients with mental health issues using art. Hospital Rooms is an initiative from curator Niamh White and artist Tim A Shaw to install world class artworks in NHS hospital wards around the country.
The launch project has been taking place at The Phoenix Unit, a secure psychiatric rehabilitation residential ward in Tooting for up to 18 patients who have a ...
BBC News, 08th June 2016
A number of high-profile artists have come together to create a restorative environment in a London psychiatric ward.
Hidden away in south-west London is one of the most exclusive art galleries in the UK. Turner Prize winners and renowned fashion photographers are displaying their work for viewers at the Phoenix Unit - a secure psychiatric hospital in Tooting.
It's home to 18 residents with severe and enduring mental health problems who live there, on average, between one and three years as they recover and ...
i-D, 14th April 2016
We look at the work of The Hospital Rooms, a new charity commissioning world-class contemporary artists to renovate mental health wards in hospitals with museum quality site specific artworks
In the past 25 years, rates of depression and anxiety amongst young adults have risen by a staggering 70%. It's estimated that 1 in 4 people aged between 16 and 25 have had suicidal thoughts, and amongst our personal network of friends or colleagues, we will all experience some form of fallout from mental ...
Tim A Shaw (born 1982) is based in London.
He is also co-founder of Hospital Rooms, a project introducing site-specific, museum quality artworks to mental health wards, with curator Niamh White www.hospital-rooms.com
2005 || B.A. (Hons) in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art
2002 || BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design at Camberwell College of Arts
2015-16 || Winsor & Newton
SELECTED RECENT EXHIBITIONS
Control to Collapse, Imperial College London, London
Refuge, Griffin Gallery Perimeter Space, London (Solo exhibition)
Hospital Rooms project, Recovery College, Springfield University Hospital, London
Dentons Art Prize, Dentons, London
Hospital Rooms project, Phoenix Unit, Springfield University Hospital, London
The Pierrot Project, Display Gallery, London
Toys (Are Us), The Crypt Gallery, London
Crazy Golf - site specific installation at Grosvenor HQ, Grosvenor Street, London
Shortlisted works - Griffin Gallery Open, Griffin Gallery, London
The Pierrot Project: Entrances & Exits - The Warehouse, Waterloo, London (Group exhibition)
Artist Salons talk with art:i:curate at Ligne Roset, London
Artist Salons - art:i:curate, Ligne Roset, London (Group exhibition)
The Pierrot Project - The Warehouse, Waterloo, London (Group exhibition)
The Pierrot Project - Generation & Display, London (Group exhibition)
Intangible Beauty: Go Out Alone and in the Dark - Kasher|Potamkin, New York (Group exhibition)
Ugly - Show Studio, London (Group exhibition)
C:LAB studio talk with art:i:curate
ART:I:CURATE exhibition, Shoreditch, London (Group exhibition)
Junction - c&c gallery, London (Group exhibition)
In Your Face - Group exhibition at Show Studio, Mayfair, London
Lightsource event commission at The Wapping Project
Summer Show - Show Studio, London (Group exhibition)
Desire - Group exhibition at The Portman Gallery, Charing Cross Road, London
CRAZY GOLF: @ The Deptford Project (site specific installation)
CRAZY GOLF: Live at the Apollo - Apollo video store, Norwood Road, London
happy days (are here again?) - Gallery 77, London (Group exhibition)
ACT ART 5, The Arches, London Bridge (group exhibition)
Stuck On Me, Designmai, Berlin (Group exhibition)
Stuck On Me, Notting Hill Arts Club, London (Group exhibition)
Make It Or Break It, Residence Gallery, London (Group exhibition)