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Paul Coombs

MA work

Organ On (We Were The Human Race)

For the final show I will be presenting a series of live spoken-word performances, rotating them daily.

In place of me when I am not performing is an accompanying animation, constructed from durational portrait photographs taken with a 3D scanner over the course of six months.


  • MA Degree


    School of Arts & Humanities


    MA Contemporary Art Practice, 2018



  • My practice is an examination of the Queer politik and a splintering of the self caused by prejudice and societal expectation.

    Whilst at the Royal College Of Art my work has developed into live spoken-word performance, utilising personal experience and direct recollection to become both object and subject.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Animation, Edinburgh College Of Art, 1998
  • Experience

  • CAPSID (Acting role in a film by John Walter), CGP Gallery & Wellcome Trust, London, 2018
  • Exhibitions

  • Backbone - Paul Coombs & Gabriel Mulvey, Art Night Launch, Vauxhall, London, 2018; Empire II, Haus Gallery, Talin, 2018; Degree Show 2018, Royal College Of Art Battersea, London, 2018; Soapbox, Close-Up Cinema, London, 2018; RCA Cap-Baret ( Just Words, performance ), Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Royal College Of Art, London, 2018; Purple Velvet Vol.2 ( In June, performance ), Art Bar, Royal College Of Art, London, 2018; The New Darkroom ( Just Words, performance ), Dyson Gallery, Royal College Of Art, London, 2018; Purple Velvet Vol.1 ( Just Words, performance ), Art Bar, Royal College Of Art, London, 2017; Empire II, Spektrum, Berlin, 2017; The Book of the World, Helsinki Contemporary, Helsinki, 2017; Empire II, Castello 1610, Venice, 2017; Rage - The Odious Smell Of Truth, Hockney Gallery, London, 2017; Empire II, Art Brussels, Brussels, 2017; WIP Show, Royal College Of Art, London, 2017; Ill Meat, La Fonderie, Geneva, 2016; Fit the Slit, Lido Beach, Venice, 2015; Dildosis - Pride (Performance with flag), London, 2015; Take me home - Pride in London, Earl's Court, London, 2015; Switchboard LGBTI + Archive, Waldorf & Trafalgar Hotels, London, 2015; The Fall of the Rebel Angels, Castello 1610, Venice, 2015
  • Publications

  • Michael Petry, 'The Book Of The Word', Thames and Hudson, 2018