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Theo Shields

Theo Shields
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At the centre of Shields’s interdisciplinary practice are investigations into the changing states of organic matter and its relationship to time and place. His work responds to the visual and tactile textures of the landscape around him using indigenous materials to create site-responsive sculptural installations. Through a collaborative practice with industrial tradesmen, Shields refracts a series of dialogues between materials, individuals and traditions through a lens of social responsibility; here we see artistic practices can be conscious of what they take from their environmental and cultural surroundings, as well as what they can return to those same sources.

2011- 2014 BA(Hons) Sculpture Edinburgh College of Art
2013 BA Fine Art Queensland College of Art


2016 SLUMP, Studio 13, London
2015 Oak and Iron, New Glasgow Society
2015 Oak and Iron, Generator Projects, Dundee
2015 Oak and Iron, The COAST Festival of Art, Banff
2013 Pure Response, The Hold Artspace Brisbane, Australia
2013 Web Space Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

2017 TOMBOLO, Brow Head, Ireland
2016 Open Return, OSE, London
2016 Gallery Ten, Edinburgh
2015 Converge, VAS, RSA, Edinburgh
2015 TIAF London, Freeze Art Week
2015 Video Social Club, Plymouth
2015 Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair
2015 VAS:T 2015, VAS, RSA, Edinburgh
2015 Graduate Showcase, RSA, Edinburgh
2015 Oak and Iron Preview, Coopland Gallery, London
2015 Moving Image Festival, Zeppelin Gallery, Melbourne
2015 I.D.S.T, Summerhall, Edinburgh
2015 La Galeria, Panajachel, Guatemala
2014 Sutton Gallery, Edinburgh
2014 Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show, Edinburgh
2014 The Number Shop, Edinburgh
2014 Playfair Gallery, Edinburgh
2014 TEDX, Pleasance, Edinburgh
2014 Crescent Arts, Coastival Festival, Scarborough
2014 Saloneli, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh
2013 Topos. ASN. Tent Gallery, Edinburgh
2013 ECA- RCA, Royal College of Art
2012 Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh
2011 Worldskills London 2011, ExCeL Exhibition Center

2015 Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru, Wales
2012-2015 Festival Number 6, Portmeirion, North Wales
2012 Hackney Council, Olympic Games
2012 Sports Relief, BBC Scotland
2011 ‘Roger Federer’ Gillette
2011 Comic Relief, BBC
2010 Sensation Group, Wakestock Festival

2015 Selected associate for the OSE study program
2015 Hope Scott Trust Production Bursary
2015 SSW Emerging Artist Residency
2014 Arts Council travel grant for Venice Biennale
2014Awarded the Edinburgh Visual Artist Award
2014 Selected for the VAS Graduate Showcase
2014 Selected for Art Object, Saatchi Art Online Collection
2014 Shortlisted for Saatchi New Contemporaries Showcase
2014 Awarded the Astaire
Chef d’oeuvre.
  • Theo Shields
  • Chef d’oeuvre.
  • Installation
Chef d’oeuvre.
  • Theo Shields
  • Chef d’oeuvre.
  • Installation
Chef d’oeuvre.
  • Theo Shields
  • Chef d’oeuvre.
  • Installation
  • Theo Shields
  • Cast glass
Oak and Iron
  • Theo Shields
  • Oak and Iron
  • Casting
1/300th Tilted Arc. Ants interacting with Richard Serra's Tilted Arc
  • Theo Shields
  • 1/300th Tilted Arc. Ants interacting with Richard Serra's Tilted Arc
  • Photography
  • Theo Shields
  • Breath
  • Cast glass
San Pellegrino
  • Theo Shields
  • San Pellegrino
  • Cast glass