Person speaking into microphone wearing no clothes apart from structure on head and fabric wrapped around legs

William Joys 'Whitest Walls in Town' (2018) Photo: Danny-Cook


William Joys

William Joys (b. 1989, London) lives and works in London. Through an economy of means and careful selection of materials Joys represents notions of himself becoming a range of characters. For instance, in: I am a Lighthouse Joys becomes a lighthouse/lover that not only protects but pushes you away. In I’m Ready for the World he becomes a woman, who has a problem, she has never heard her doorbell ring before. It is through the performance that an objects’ meaning unfolds and occasionally unravels...


Solo shows include: William Joys: A One Man Show, Kunstraum London, UK and Kunsthalle Münster, DE, 2019 Whitest Walls in Town, Glasgow School of Art degree; show, Glasgow, UK, 2018. Tragedy Machine, as part of Villa Design Group, MIT List centre, Cambridge, US, 2016.  The Bernard Natan Centre for the Arts, as part of Villa design group, MUMOK, Vienna, AT, 2015


Group exhibitions include: Performance Club TV, Raven Row, London, UK, 2019; Thank you very much residency, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, UK, 2018; The Great David Dale Dionysia, David Dale gallery, Glasgow, UK, 2018; A Prototype Court Room, as part of Villa Design Group, we call it Ludwig, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, DE, 2016