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A New Kind of Animal

Tim Spooner

I saw the next war inside you, 2020. Image by Tim Spooner

Southwark Park Galleries presents an extensive installation by multidisciplinary artist Tim Spooner, his largest UK solo exhibition within a visual arts organisation to date.

Tim Spooner has been creating immersive sculptural interventions and performances since 2010, which have been predominantly experienced within theatre settings. With the show split across both Southwark Park galleries, he works now on a more ambitious scale than ever before. 

A new commission for Dilston Gallery will continue Spooner’s exploration of mechanics and animatronics to bring liveness, agency and unpredictability that transforms the audiences’ perceptions and expectations of what makes a sculpture. The Lake Gallery will exhibit the breadth of his wider practice by staging a theatrical encounter with his recent works in collage, painting, sculpture and performative objects. 

A New Kind of Animal is a national touring exhibition co-commissioned by Southwark Park Galleries, London and Bluecoat, Liverpool and generously supported by Arts Council England and The Paul and Louise Cooke Endowment. 

Tim Spooner is a multidisciplinary artist based in Cornwall. Recent projects include A Wave in a Cave (2021), a solo exhibition for Commonage Gallery, and large-scale moving sculpture  installations Weak Transmission for Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2021 / Westflügel  Leipzig, and Animal Place, commissioned for Brighton Festival 2022.

Spooner’s work has been presented extensively in theatres and festivals in the UK, Europe and Asia including: Southbank Centre (London), Battersea Arts Centre (London), b-side festival (Isle of Portland), Cambridge Junction, Mayfest (Bristol), MAC Belfast and DCA Dundee (for Hayward Gallery Touring), Barbican Art Gallery (London), Whitstable Biennale, NoD (Prague, Czechia), LASfest (Bialystok, Poland), Terni Festival (Italy), TJP Strasbourg (France), Actoral Festival (Marseille, France), Schaubude (Berlin, Germany), Internationales Figurentheater Festival (Erlangen, Germany), STUK (Leuven, Belgium), Teatro Maria Matos (Lisbon, Portugal), Culture Station Seoul (South Korea), Pesta Boneka Festival (Yogyakarta, Indonesia) and Macau Arts Festival (China).

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Date and time

15 July – 24 September 2023
Lake Gallery: Wednesday - Sunday, 11am–5pm
Dilston Gallery: Saturday - Sunday, 11am–5pm

Please note
This is now a past event.


Lake Gallery / Dilston Gallery
1 Park Approach, Southwark Park
Southwark Park Galleries
SE16 2UA
Southwark Park Galleries