Glasgow International 2020

Francis Thorburn

Francis Thorburn (b. 1985 in Wolverhampton, UK) lives and works in London, UK.

Thorburn uses performance and sculptural “vehicles” to highlight alternative modes of being in an increasingly commercial society. Thorburn’s participatory pieces investigate the potential of sustainable lifestyles, eco-mobility and people powered vehicles to foster social exchange. With the absurd and extravagant, and the movement of the audience from one place to another his performances also create an atmosphere of celebration. Since 2008 he has been developing a series of processional performances, which use sculptural devices to head the procession drawing the audience in to the work through ritualised action and the epic machine.

Exhibitions include: Vehicle No.4, Mobile Garden, comissioned by Arts Co. and HOFT, Tate Modern, London, UK; Commissioned sculpture and performance, Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland; NO MANICHINO, Enclave, London, UK; Sydney Contemporary, Artreal Gallery, Sydney, Australia; The Beast, Chelsea College of Arts, London, UK; Circus Between Worlds, Sculpture and Performance in collaboration with Walker & Bromwich, Gorbals, Glasgow, UK.

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Sofie Alsbo, Maria de Lima, Craig Dow, Timo Kube, Ines Rebelo and Francis Thorburn



For Cleave, six artists working across sound, sculpture, video, painting, photography and performance will install their artwork across three arches in a dynamic format that switches between minimal/maximal space and male/female artists.

The word ‘cleave’ means both to split and to adhere to – embodying acts of divergence, as well as convergence. Cleave begins as a concept split along natural lines of being that, when taken as a whole, establishes a common artistic expression linking the three arches into one coherent whole.

Supported by WAVEparticle as part of the award-winning Laurieston Art Strategy: Open Spaces.

Fri 20 April – Mon 7 May
Wed – Sun, 12 noon-5pm

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