Tim Spooner works in performance, collage, painting and sculpture. His work uses materials and objects in ways that reveal unexpected properties, aiming to open up perspectives beyond the human scale. Fundamentally interested in unpredictability, his work is an exercise in balancing control with a lack of it in the handling of the materials he is working with.

Since 2010, Tim has created a series of increasingly complex live works centred around the revelation of “life” in material. Recent projects include The Voice of Nature, an interconnected system of fragile sculptures; The Assembly of Animals, made for young audiences and concerned with the abstraction of an animal form; and The Telescope, which uses a microscope camera to reveal a universe of miniature objects manipulated using magnets, electricity and chemical reactions. Alongside, and in relation to these projects, he has produced a continuous stream of paintings and collages


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Access: This work is largely visual, features subtitles and is suitable for deaf audiences.


Produced by Artsadmin for Bamboo Network, funded through the European Union’s Culture Programme. Co-production TJP-Centre Dramatique National d’Alsace Strasbourg. Supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.  With additional support of Cambridge Junction.

Created by Tim Spooner


Family Friendly 3+

Sat 29 Feb, 2pm and 5pm

The Tolmen Centre, Constantine £5

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The Assembly of Animals is a performed sculpture which combines puppets, objects and scientific demonstrations.


Children and adults alike are invited to witness the inner workings of a laboratory as it searches for life in material.


A series of red curtains are drawn to reveal an intricate sequence of operations bringing to life a fragile universe of animals within animals.


At the centre of it all is the shape of the animal: a head, a body and four legs. The shape gets taken apart, enlarged, shrunk, rearranged into different versions and stretched to the edges of recognition.


“Mesmerising” (Theatre Wales)


“Absolutely fascinating, undeniably bonkers” (Children’s Theatre Reviews)


“Tim is an artistic inventor, and uses basic physics and a surrealist imagination to create this carefully constructed world, the delicacy of which requires consistent marvelling and leaves children entertained throughout” (Theatre Bristol Writers)


Created by    Tim Spooner

Lighting by    Marty Langthorne


Operators   Tim Spooner

Natacha Poledica

Marty Langthorne


Produced by Ania Obolewicz for Artsadmin