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Gary Stevens


Gary Stevens is an artist who creates performances and video installations, working with a wide range of visual artists and performers from diverse backgrounds. His solo & ensemble works have been presented internationally in gallery, theatre, festival and public spaces.

The major live work, since 1984, is the result of long, practical and material development; the structure, which often includes an elaborate text, grows out of this process. His unique use of text and speech in a visual art context is formal, yet seems casual. It describes and defines a fictive space and situation but the conspicuous invention confronts us with something real. The work is also about modes of thought; a psychology is often alien or animal and at odds with the audience/spectators and performer’s states of mind. It is critical and funny. The staging and productions are simple and stark, but the structures are rich, compelling and complex.

He won a Paul Hamlyn Award for Visual Arts (1998), a Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts Award (New York) in 1996 and a One to One bursary from the Live Art Development Agency (2005). He has taught in many art schools as a regular visiting Visual Art and Performance tutor, including: Byam Shaw, Goldsmith’s, Middlesex and Wimbledon. He has been a tutor on the BA Fine Art course at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL since 2007. He ran a regular monthly performance Lab at Artsadmin from 1999-2009.

Video installation include Slow Life and Wake Up and Hide, which were commissioned and first shown at Matt’s Gallery, London in 2003 and 2007 respectively. Recent video installations Now and Again and Containment were both shown at Southampton City Art Gallery in 2012. He has toured internationally with live pieces such as Not Tony and Ape.

Gary is currently developing an ensemble performance for L’Avant Siene in Paris for 2014.

Date Title Venue City
13–15 September 2019 OUTBURST/ FFRWYDRAD Llawn Festival Llandudno
21–24 June 2018 Uno Di Noi Inteatro Festival Polverigi
13 October 2016 Artsadmin Archive: Gary Stevens Toynbee Studios
6–7 May 2014 L'Un De Nous (One of Us) L'Avant Seine, Theatre de Colombes Colombes
6 March 2014 Not Tony Yorkshire Dance Leeds
27–28 June 2013 Not Tony Inteatro Villa Nappi Festival Marche
13 May 2013 Not Tony Nomadic Nights Paris
8 May 2013 Not Tony Mercat de les Flors Barcelona
26 January 2013 Not Tony Carte Blanche Kortrijk
27 October 2012 Not Tony Southampton City Art Gallery Southampton
14 September – 21 December 2012 Now and Again Southampton City Art Gallery Southampton
7 July 2012 Not Tony / Robin Hood: The Stuff Museum of Contemporary Art Artium Vitoria-Gasteiz
5 May 2012 Not Tony Tehdas Theatre Turku
20 October 2011 Island/Not Tony Toynbee Studios
16 June 2011 Not Tony In-Presentable Festival 2011, La Casa Encendida Madrid
15 June 2011 Island In-Presentable Festival 2011 La Casa Encendida Madrid
11 June – 17 July 2011 WAKE / ARCHIPELAGO Dilston Grove / Cafe Gallery London
20 April 2011 Visual Thinking Camden Arts Centre London
13 April 2011 Visual Thinking Camden Arts Centre London
27 November 2010 Gary Stevens in conversation with Brian Catling Museum of Modern Art Oxford
26 November 2010 Island Museum of Modern Art Oxford
30 September 2010 Not Tony Fundaçao Serralves Porto
25 September 2010 Island Vila do Conde Portugal
5–6 May 2010 Island BAC London
25 March 2010 Playing A Part Henry Moore Institute
1–4 July 2009 Wake Up and Hide Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona
25 May 2009 Ape The Junction, Cambridge
28 March 2009 Artist talk Toynbee Studios
19–21 March 2009 Ape Walker Art Center Minneapolis
10 March 2009 Ape Exeter Phoenix Exeter
4–5 March 2009 Ape Leeds Met Studio Theatre Leeds
3 March 2009 Ape Alsager Arts Centre Alsager
26 February 2009 Ape The Point Eastleigh
24 February 2009 Ape Lakeside Theatre, Essex University Colchester
21 February 2009 Artist Talk Toynbee Studios
13 February 2009 Ape National Review of Live Art ,The Arches Glasgow
24 January 2009 Artist Talk Toynbee Studios
4–5 December 2008 Ape Royal Academy of Arts London
22 November 2008 Artist Talk Toynbee Studios
17 October 2008 A Chain of Events Called Bob Slade Research Centre London
26 September 2008 An Illustrated Talk Toynbee Studios
7 March 2008 Not Tony Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneva
7 March 2008 Thought Bubble Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneva
5–8 March 2008 Slow Life Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneva
20–22 November 2007 Ape Theatre 140 Brussels
6 October 2007 – 3 May 2008 Performance Lab Toynbee Studios
27 September – 23 December 2007 Wake Up & Hide Southampton City Art Gallery Southampton
20–25 August 2007 Ape Theatre Workshop Edinburgh
7–8 July 2007 Flock Ashford Town Centre Ashford
20–24 June 2007 Ape Toynbee Studios
23 May – 30 June 2007 Wake Up & Hide Birmingham
9–10 May 2007 A Chain of Events Called Bob Dilston Grove London
1 April 2007 Artist talk Toynbee Studios
4 March 2007 Artists Talk Toynbee Studios
14 February 2007 Gary Stevens Performance Lab Toynbee Studios
24 January – 28 March 2007 Wake Up & Hide Matt's Gallery London
7 February 2006 Not Tony and Thread Various
31 January 2006 Slow Life Southampton City Art Gallery Southampton
15 January 2006 Not Tony Kettles Yard, Cambridge Cambridge
Photo by Giulia Di Vitantonio