Tim Shaw RA (b. 1964)

Tim Shaw studied at Manchester Polytechnic and Falmouth School of Art from 1985-89. 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.

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 Delfina Studio Trust, The British School of Athens and The Kenneth Armitage Foundation through residencies in Greece, Spain and a Fellowship in London.


Royal Academician


Born: 1964 in Belfast

Elected RA: 24 September 2013

Gender: Male

Preferred media: Sculpture

Works by Tim Shaw in the RA Collection

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