Tim Skinner

About

It was on March 16th 2020 that I left London, realising that this exodus would result in me having zero means of word processing and zoom calling, in haste I purchased a cheap Chromebook from an Argos in Fulham Broadway. My first response to the lockdown would be a piece titled Traeth (which is the Welsh word for beach). The work consisted of a series of short frame-lapse recordings made within my lockdown room over a seven day period - an honest representation of escapism, combined with foreboding desolation of reality, a stark contrast to the vibrancy of London and the RCA. Using the Chromebook for video editing was simplistic, basic and also cumbersome; through some persistence the desolate piece I had envisaged came to light. Traeth would become an embryonic piece for my studies.

As the virus storm turned into a blizzard we all sheltered, we holed-up, we waited it out. An eerie crisp dawn beckoned, a raw dark event horizon, spawning fresh ‘pre’ and ‘post’ dual parlances; pre-covid, post-covid; pre-lockdown, post-lockdown. As confinement continued to rumble, the ‘pre-covid’ or ‘pre-lockdown’ discourses faded, submerged in a dense fog - a strange bizarre sensation of feeling like the events of a month ago actually occurred many years ago. Time was behaving obtusely, our new cave-dwelling internment was crystallising our inter-relationship with structured time. The suppressive, coercive weekly linguistic loop (days of the week) mutated, becoming irrelevant, null-and-void, obsolete. Certainly from my own perspective from the outset every day radiated that melancholic, dreary Monday feeling, the week refusing to splutter into motion. ||slide change|| Constant exposure to bleak global news helped to commission, to certify, to authorise one’s own dark thoughts. Dwelling on one’s own mortality became my step one in the book of how to deal with a pandemic; reviewing ones own life was step two. Whilst listening to Robert Macfarlane’s Underland (via audiobook) a line ironically glows brightly, “Here in the shadows, space and time spill into one another”. When normal life is interrupted and paused, time’s choir sings an array of diverse pulses, without rhythm, and we can start to listen to time’s true identity.   

Pre-lockdown my work had been drenched for years in dialogues surrounding repetition. I was fascinated with multi-layered aesthetics and mesmeric semantic-satiation, but through the bleakness of my fresh reality, repetition would be stripped back to its underlying component flow, ‘time’. My aesthetic focus shifted too interrogating that interplay between constructed time used to govern our existence (which I would dub as ‘anthropomorphised time’) and the poetic breathing complexities of organic time; mechanic versus organic.

Education

- MA, Contemporary Art Practice: Moving Image, 2021 Royal College of Art, London, UK
- B.A.Hons, Fine Art, 2003 Colchester School of Art and Design, Essex, UK
- BTEC Foundation Diploma, Fine Art, 2000 Colchester School of Art and Design, Essex, UK

Awards/Grants

- Grants For The Arts, Arts Council England funding for ‘Butterfly Effect’ Sept 2014-Jan 2015, collaboration with sculptor Em Milner, facilitated by firstsite, working with SEN school children.
- Grants For The Arts, Arts Council England Funding for ‘Fallen (The seasonal Sound of Senescence)’, residency, September 2010 – May 2011.
- Graduate Scholarship Award, 2003-2004, Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester.

Commission’s/Residency’s/Projects

- RAMxRCA - Collaboration between Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Art, 2019-2020
- Llosgi Gwynt (Burning Wind) - Aberystwyth Arts Centre, project exploring Wind Power in the Aberytstwyth area, 2015
- Power In The Land – Anglesey, project exploring the decommissioning of Wylfa nuclear power plant, 2014-2017
- Butterfly Effect – supported by firstsite and Arts Council England, 2014
- Artist In Residence - Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales, 3 months, 2013
- ‘Soundworks’ - ICA, Sound commission, 2012, nominated by firstsite.
- Re:place - Level Centre, Rowsley, Peak District 2011
- Fallen (Seasonal Sound of Senescence) - CADE (Centre for the Art and Design in the Environment), Writtle College, Residency 2010-11, Supported by Arts Council England (and by firstsite)
- Footfall - Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester, Residency 2010 15 Days 15 Artists, firstsite, Colchester, 2009
- ‘Journey To The Podium’ - working in collaboration with Olympian Chloe Rogers (Hockey); Essex County Council and 2012 Legacy Team, commission, 2009.

 

Exhibition History (Group unless stated)

2021
- Oriel Lockdown - Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales (June-August '21)
- Everything Forever - Online Festival (everythingforever.net)
2020

- WiP Show - Royal College of Art, London
- RAMxRCA - Royal Academy of Music, London
2017
- Power in the Land – Bay Art Gallery, Cardiff
- Power in the Land – Chapter, Cardiff (talk and screening) Phantom – Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge
2016
- Power in the Land – Aberystwyth Arts Centre Power in the Land – Mostyn, Llandudno (screening).
- Power in the Land – Oriel Davies, Newtown
2015
- Power In The Land – Modern Art Oxford (talk and screening)
- Shell – The Old Spode Works, Stoke-on-Trent
- Chelmsford: Still Loves Radio – Industrial Unit, Anne Knight Spaces, Chelmsford, Essex
2014
- Butterfly Effect – firstsite, Colchester
- I Like This Place and Would Willingly Waste My Time In It – Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales
2013
- Chateau Marmot, pop up restaurant, London
- Kast Et Blik - Kunstpakhuset, Ikast, Denmark
- Open Studios, End Of Residency Show, Aberystwyth Arts Centre Studios. 2012
- Journey To The Podium, Houses of Parliament, London.
- Soundworks, ICA, London.
- Last Friday Night Shorts, TAP, Southend-on-Sea
- Journey To The Podium, Gibbert Gallery, Southend on Sea
2011
- 17 Days, The Brett Llewellyn Art Gallery, Alfred State college, Alfred NY, USA
- Journey to the Podium, Rayleigh Windmill, Essex
- Fallen, Writtle College, Essex, SOLO (End of residency, collaboration with plant scientists Ron Fryer and Margaret Somerville)
- 17 Days, Frostic Gallery, Kalamazoo, MI, USA
2010
- Fallen pt 1, Writtle College, Essex SOLO
- Journey To The Podium, Gibberd Gallery, Harlow, Essex
- Media Façade Festival Europe, Collegium Hungaricum, Berlin, Germany
- Outside 2010, Collaboration with Danish artist Stephanie Donsø, Colchester
- Footfall, End of residency show, Benham Gallery, Colchester
- Journey To The Podium, WH Community Stadium, Colchester
- Untitled, 4day Exhibition, Kings Place Theatre, London, SOLO
- Swimming Without Water, Moseley Rd Baths, Birmingham
2009
- 15 Days 15 Artists, firstsite, Colchester, Essex
- Exposure, TAP, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
- Open Studios, The Benham Gallery, Colchester, Essex
- Seing Sound, Bath University, Bath
- Essex Summer of Art, Hylands House, Chelmsford, Essex
- Transition, The Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London
- Urban Screens Shorts, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2008
- Wide Open, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, Illinois, USA
- Winter Lights, Benham Gallery, Colchester
- Over Bakke Og Dal..., Mosting Hus, Copenhagen, Denmark
- The Streaming Festival, Online, The Hague, Netherlands
- Urban Screens 08, Fed Square, Melbourne, Australia
- Sound:Space, Digital Media Centre, Bracknell, Berks
- Cuckoo Farm Studios Show, The Benham Gallery, Colchester
- Open Studios Exhibition, Life Gallery Cafe, Colchester
- Prelude Art Fair, Spitalfields, London
- Season 3, Outcasting.org, Online Video-art Exhibition
- Mona Lisa Project, Essex University Gallery, Colchester
- “Long Established Mediums Harmonize with New Media”, The Lloyd Gill Gallery, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset
- Cuckoo Farm Studios Show, Life Gallery, Colchester.
- “An Emotional Journey”, Mansfield Museum, Mansfield, Notts.
- “InterAlia”, Abandoned shop, Chelmsford, Essex.
2007
- “Mini Print 2007”, Artlink Gallery, Hull, Kingston-upon-Hull.
- “Winter Lights”,The Benham Gallery, Colchester, Essex.
- Video Art Showcase 2007, St Mary, Key Arts, Ipswich, Suffolk.
- “Worldwide Moving Image 3”, E32, New York City, USA.
- “Enclosure”, The Benham Gallery, Colchester, Essex.
- “Replenish”, Saltburn Gallery, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Redcar and Cleveland.
- Sonic Ripples, Hector Croot, Estate Agents, Colchester, Essex. SOLO
- Cuckoo Farm Studios Show, Naze Tower, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex.
- Open Studios Exhibition, Life Gallery Cafe, Colchester, Essex.
- Open Studios, Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester, Essex.
- “Prelude” Art Fair, Spitalfields, London.
2006
- “Winter Lights”, The Benham Gallery, Cuckoo Farm Studios, Essex.
- ‘Echoing Ur Sound’, Benham Gallery, Colchester, Essex. SOLO
- Open Studios Xmas Show, Life Gallery Café, Colchester, Essex.
- Open Studios Show, Life Gallery Café, Colchester, Essex.
2005
- Cuckoo Farm Studios Show, The Babylon Gallery, Ely, Cambridgeshire.
- “Winter Lights”, The Benham Gallery, Colchester, Essex.
- Cuckoo Farm Studios Show, Life Gallery Cafe, Colchester, Essex.
- Cuckoo Farm Studios Show, The Pond Gallery,Snape Maltings, Suffolk.
- Cuckoo Farm studios Show, The Minories, Colchester, Essex.
2004
- “Winter Lights”, The Benham Gallery, Colchester, Essex.
- Cuckoo Farm Studios Show, Inkpen Downie, Colchester, Essex.
- Sonic Circled, Benham Gallery, Colchester, Essex. SOLO
- Sonic Circles, Hay Gallery, Colchester, Essex. SOLO
- Outside, Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester, Essex.
- Print Show, The Benham Gallery, Colchester, Essex.
- Cuckoo Farm Studios Show, Buckenham Gallery, Southwold, Suffolk.
2003
- Winter Lights, Benham Gallery, Colchester, Essex.
- Free Range, Graduate Show, Old Truman Brewery, London.
- Graduate Show, Colchester School of Art, Essex.
- Untitled Show, Life Gallery Cafe, Colchester, Essex.

Curator

Events organiser for Cuckoo Farm Studios 2011 Open Studios Show 2009, Cuckoo Farm Studios (alongside Hazel Harvey) Outside 09, Outdoor new media trail, supported by ACE and firstsite, 2009, as part of a cross mentorship scheme alongside Linda Theophilus. ‘Tiny Little Echoes’, Sound Curator, Artselector.com, Aug-Sept 2008 Surrounds: Outside 2008, Art Trail, Cuckoo Farm Studios, Aug/Sept 2008 Winter Lights 2008, Cuckoo Farm Studios (alongside Pam Schomberg) Short listed for CD:EK, Kent curatorial commission, 2010 Short Listed, Beyond the Frame, ECC, curatorial commission, 2010 Running ‘The Benham Gallery’ 2011 – Liz Lake Residency, Rachael Allen Residency, Open Studios Showcase, 2011

Talks, Interviews, Extras

Graphic designer for Lle Celf Capel y Graig 2015-2018 Power In The Land, book publication, 2016 Created and designed Power In The Land website powerintheland.co.uk CCQ (Culture Colony Quarterly) Magazine, online article. http://ccqmagazine.com/tim-skinner-wind-controversy/ Impressionism In A Digital Age:Tim Skinner by Jen Loffman http://www.jenloffman.com/blog/tim-skinner Butterfly Effect interview with Colchester Gazette Butterfly Effect workshops with primary s SEN school children at firstsite Butterfly Effect live talk BBC radio Essex My practice, talk, Aberystwyth School of Art. My practice, residency talk, Aberystwyth Arts Centre Kunst Nu. Online Article – Kast Et Blik Soundworks, ICA, online talk, 19th July, 2012 Wallpaper magazine in regards to ICA exhibition. 2012 Tutoring student, painting and drawing techniques. Running The Benham Gallery National Art Competition, region of the month, June 2011, Online ArtMonthly, Advert, May 2011, pg1 AN Magazine, April 2011, pg19 Headed up a cross mentoring curatorial initiative between Essex University and Cuckoo Farm Studios 2011. AN Blog, 2010 Member of firstsite artist crit group 2010 – 2012 Part of Firstsite’ Artist Support Programme. 2009 Running CFS Graduate Award Scheme 2010 Member of Cuckoo Farm Studios Events Team, 2010 Interview for Arts East magazine, 2010 Interview BBC radio Essex, for Journey To The Podium, 2010 Firstsite talk ‘cross mentoring scheme’, 2010 ‘Far Away Rhythm (two years in video)’, book publication, 2010 Cuckoo Farm Studios Committee member (webmaster/graduate award/ events 2009-2012) Ran a talk with 1st year MA art teaching students, in respect to Outside Curatorial practice, 2009 Ran a talk with BA graduates in respect to graduate scholarship at Cuckoo Farm Students, 2009 Invigilation work for Firstsite, 2009 Interview with BBC Radio Essex, 2008 Curatorial interview with EADT, 2008 Interview with Essex County Standard and EADT (East Anglian Daily Times), 2004 Featured on Echobelly’s official bands website, 2001