Tim Etchells is an artist and a writer based in the UK. He has worked in a wide variety of contexts, notably as leader of the world-renowned performance group Forced Entertainment and in collaboration with a range of visual artists, choreographers, and photographers. Under Etchells’ direction Forced Entertainment won the International Ibsen Prize 2016. He won the Manchester Fiction Prize in 2019.
His work spans performance, video, photography, text projects, installation, and fiction. In recent years Etchells has exhibited widely in the context of visual arts, with solo shows at Ebensperger-Rhomberg (Berlin), VITRINE (London), Bloomberg SPACE (London), Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver) and Kunstverein Braunschweig.
His work has appeared in the biennales Manifesta 7 (2008) in Rovereto, Italy, Aichi Triennale, Japan 2010, with Vlatka Horvat, Manifesta 9 (Parallel Projects) 2012 and as well as part of The Great Exhibition of the North at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (2018). Selected group shows include …of bread, wine, security and peace (Kunsthalle Wien, 2020), Lichtparcours Braunschweig (2020), The Cipher & The Frame (Cubitt Gallery, London, 2015), MirrorCity (Hayward Gallery, London, 2014), Version Control (Arnolofini, 2013), as well as Netherlands Media Art Institute (Amsterdam), MUHKA (Antwerp), Galleria Raffaella Cortese (Milan), Sparwasser HQ (Berlin), MACBA (Barcelona) and Kunsthaus Graz. His work has been commissioned for permanent public installation in several UK and mainland European cities and is held in numerous private collections around the world.
Etchells is currently Professor of Performance & Writing at Lancaster University.
Artist, performer and director of the group Forced Entertainment, Tim Etchells, explores approaches to performance, composition and work with text in this two-session workshop. Drawing on his decades of work at the cutting-edge of contemporary performance, Etchells’ encounters the participants and creates with them through a set of exercises, experiments and conversations focused on making, observing and refining the possibilities of performance improvisation.