Tim Shaw studied at Manchester Polytechnic and Falmouth School of Art from 1985 to 1989. Working across a range of different mediums, he produces both single entities and all encompassing, multi-sensory installations that utilise sight, sound and smell.
He has undertaken a number of public commissions including The Rites of Dionysos for the Eden Project, The Minotaur for The Royal Opera House and The Drummer in Truro City Centre. Born in Belfast and now based in Cornwall, rituals and conflicts reoccur throughout Tim’s work, drawing on experiences in his formative years spent in Belfast during ‘the troubles’.
A more political side to his work became evident in a number of sculptures responding to issues such as terrorism and the war in Iraq such as Tank on Fire, awarded the selectors’ choice Threadneedle prize in 2008, and the installation Casting a Dark Democracy, which Jackie Wullschlager of The Financial Times stated was “The most politically charged yet poetically resonant new work on show in London”.
Shaw has been supported by the Kappatos Athens Art Residency, The Kenneth Armitage Foundation, The British School of Athens, The Delfina Studio Trust through residencies in Greece, Spain and a fellowship in London. Most recently as an Artist Fellow at the Kate Hamburger Centre for Advance Study in the Humanities of “Law and Culture” in Bonn, Germany.
Tim Shaw’s sculpture, The Minotaur can be viewed at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens.