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Edward Thomasson


  • Biography

  • Edward Thomasson trained at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London at BA level followed by an MA at Slade School of Fine Art, London. He also participated on LUX Associate Artists Programme. Recent residencies include Chisenhale Gallery CREATE Residency (2012/2014) and The Nina Stewart Artist Residency, South London Gallery (2011-2012). He lives and works in London. 

  • Practice

  • Edward Thomasson works with groups of trained and untrained performers to make videos and plays that explore how performance is used to navigate personal, interpersonal and occupational problems. Specifically looking at how the act of storytelling is used as a way to understand environments and exchange experiences, Thomasson’s work draws on the language of musical theatre and its affective engagement with the audience to navigate the space between interior experience and exterior presentations of the self within social contexts. 

    He also works collaboratively with Lucy Beech on live works. The making of these performances punctuate his independent projects. These choreographed group activities refer to therapeutic games and often involve the live collective construction of sound. 

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  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

  • Recent selected solo presentations

    The Present Tense at Chisenhale Gallery, London, 2014

    Inside, South London Gallery, 2012

    Just About Managing, Southard Reid, London, 2012

    Recent selected presentations with Lucy Beech

    Site Gallery, Sheffield, 2016

    Frieze Live, Frieze London, 2015

    Camden Arts Centre, London, 2014

    Yepi Kredi Culture Centre, Istanbul, 2013

    OUTPOST, Norwich and 2nd Biennale de Belleville, Paris

    South London Gallery, 2012

    Barbican Theatre, London, 2011

    Bloomsbury Theatre, London, 2011

    Modern Art Oxford, 2010


    Escape Routes, Indian YMCA, London, 2015

    Between You And Me, The Glass House Community Centre, London, 2013

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Selected work