Category Archives: Exhibitions

Awaken From the Dream of Reality

19th June – 23rd July,  Artist’s talk – 18th July, 7pm

Millennium Gallery, St Ives

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Awaken From the Dream of Reality opened to a fantastic reception at Millennium Gallery on 21st June and continues to receive a great response.  The exhibition continues until the 23rd July.

Tim Shaw will be holding an artist’s talk to discuss the exhibition and his practice on Thursday 18th July at Millennium, St Ives, 7pm – all are welcome.



‘Man on Fire’ (large version) at Limbo


The first biannual, forming a blue-print for a future biennale

28th March – 14th April 2013

Curated by Joseph Clarke, Jesse Leroy Smith, Sam Bassett and Neil Scott, this exhibition at the old coffin store in Truro was extremely well received and is the first in a proposed series of events over the coming year.


Rituals Are Tellers Of Us


Newlyn Art Gallery, 3rd May – 29th June 2013

The Fertility Figures will feature in this group exhibition curated by MA Curatorial Practice students from Falmouth University.

‘A feast of real, invented and re-made rituals, Rituals Are Tellers Of Us brings together works that take inspiration from rich folk traditions or acts with a strong sense of shared purpose such as protest.’

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The Dark Rooms


The Bisto Kids Gone Wrong  will be exhibited in The Dark Rooms – a monumental exhibition curated by Jesse Leroy Smith in Helston, on the 2nd and 3rd February 2013.

Also showing are The Pregnant Fairy and a figure from Soul Snatcher Possession.



An Evening Preview of ‘Parliament’

Jam Record Store, Falmouth, 11th May 2012, 7 – 9pm

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A mischievous Parliament of rooks will be running amok in the shabby chic lower room of Jam – an esoteric record shop in Falmouth – from 11th May 2012, where they will be in residence for a fortnight of mayhem.

Parliament is an installation created by the renowned sculptor Tim Shaw; it consists of twenty five rooks constructed from black polythene, straw and wire.  The installation is completed with the menacing cries of these birds merged with political debates recorded from within the House of Commons.

After two days sitting uninspired, during a residency in the west of Ireland, 2006, Shaw looked out the window at the cold and barren landscape surrounding him only to see dark flickering shapes in the corner of his eyes.  Black plastic snagged on barbed wire and the surrounding trees began to conjure shapes, playful and sinister, taking the form of windswept crows and rooks.

Shaw commentedDSCN0140: ‘Having observed the behaviour and nature of these birds, I made the comparison with those in a position of power’; he therefore felt it was appropriate that the birds’ calls should combine with discussions from within the theatre of flock mayhem – the chattering of Parliamentarians.

Curated by Olivia Gray.

Soul Snatcher Possession

yes7IMG_0444Monday 23rd April 2012, 6 – 9pm
Riflemaker, 79 Beak Street, London, W1F 9SU

The first major exhibition in London since Casting A Dark Democracy (the Kenneth Armitage Foundation, 2009), will open at Riflemaker on Monday 23rd April 2012.

The exhibition features three new works: Soul Snatcher Possession; Ketamine and Pregnant Fairy.

The first captures the potently charged moments before a brutal killing.  Eight larger-than-life figures sculpted from old clothes, stockings and sacking fill a dimly lit room with their menacing presence.  With no weapon in sight only the perpetrators’ smiles, looks and gestures betray the imminence of the dreadful act – a metaphor for the ‘taking of life by those in a position of power’.


Ketamine recounts a festival scene in which two individuals dressed as elves dance wildly whilst on the powerful mind altering chemical.  ‘The words ‘Bistow Kids Gone Wrong’ came to mind as I watched the spectacle.’

Pregnant Fairy questions how fairies might have existed and survived through the ages and asks why there are few, if any, depictions of pregnant fairies in sculpture.

Update: Unveiling of ‘The Drummer’ and Exhibitions

Unveiling of The Drummer Approaches – 25th June

Drummer in BronzeThe last of the preparations for the unveiling ceremony for The Drummer are now in full swing as the work enters its last stage of completion at the Bronze Age Foundry in London.

In just 10 days time, the sculpture will have returned to Cornwall and will stand waiting for drummers from all around the county to gather, drumming in unison at its base, as Roger Taylor reveals Truro’s new public sculpture.

In a recent article entitled ‘The shape of things to come: new sculpture’, Brian Sewell described Shaw’s work, commenting:

“I can point without hesitation to a sculptor who can trounce the lot of them whether they be Saatchi’s present choice or the sentimental memorialists recently let loose in London – Tim Shaw, young enough to be still New and capable of taking risks, old and skilled enough to be seen as in the monumental tradition of Charles Sargent Jagger and Michael Sandle.”

Unveiling Ceremony: Saturday 25th June, 7.30pm, Lemon Quay, Truro

Full details of the unveiling are here.

‘What God of Love Inspires Such Hate in the Hearts of Men’ at the Royal Academy Summer Show

The Royal Academy of Arts’ annual Summer Exhibition is once again underway. The show is the largest open contemporary art exhibition in the world, and draws together a wide range of new and recent work by established, unknown and emerging artists.

Shaw’s striking ‘What God of Love Inspires Such Hate in the Hearts of Men’ (Man on Fire) can be found in Gallery VIII. In a review of the exhibition in the London Evening Standard, art critic Brian Sewell listed this piece in his top ten commendations, along with works by James Butler, Brian Taylor, Jack Sawbridge, and Per Kirkeby.

Summer Exhibition 2011 is at the Royal Academy, until August 15. Saturday to Thursday 10am-6pm; Friday 10am-10pm. Admission £10 (concs available).


If you have not already managed to make it down to the Millennium Gallery in St. Ives to see Origins of The Drummer, then you have just one more week to do so before the show closes on June 21st.

The exhibition provides a unique opportunity to see a range of Shaw’s work. Spanning back to one of his earliest installations, ‘La Corrida: Dreams in Red’, the show not only offers a rare opportunity to see the works in their own right, but is also orchestrated to highlight the evolution of ideas and techniques that led to The Drummer.