Simon Thackray is an artist, producer, promoter and creator of the famous micro-venue The Shed ®. He makes prints, sculpture, paintings, constructions, whirligigs and short films. He also creates unusual art events and takes photographs. He works sporadically, sometimes laughing-his-head-off in the process!
Scagglethorpe International Art Biennale 2018 features a new collage inspired by a fundraising auction at the Milton Rooms, Malton: Hand It Round And Sniff It / Lemon-Scented Italian Soap. The new monochrome Four Legged Woman And A Three Legged Man was painted in 2017 (not from life). The charcoal drawing Dog Hat (pictured) is brand new and two original linocuts are from the late 1980s. The painting, Yellow Head, dates from the 1990s and is part of a larger work.
The images below are a snapshot of Simon’s live-art events presented in Ryedale, North Yorkshire, and also in London, Leeds, Gateshead, Sheffield, Belfast and Cork. From the Queen Elizabeth Hall and V&A to the W.I. Featured on Front Row, BBC Radio 4, Radio 3, Radio 2 and 1 to Sky News – to name a few. More about Simon Thackray here.
Simon Thackray live art, improvised music and spoken word events (selection):
The Yorkshire Pudding Boat Race ®
The North Yorkshire Elvis Bus Tour
Hat – (world’s first words, music and knitting spectacular)
The Fish and Chip Van Tour
Lol Coxhill in a skip
Mrs Boyes’ Bingo featuring Mark Sanders
Sebastian Rochford’s Van Gig
Alan Tomlinson and the River Seven
Alan Tomlinson’s sewer solo
The Poetry Of Pete Morgan – A Celebration –
with Carol Ann Duffy, Ian McMIllan, Martin Carthy and Brass Monkey
The Shed Comes To Town
Shed Builder (World Premiere for BBC Radio 3)
“North Yorkshire’s hub of improvised happenings” Jez Nelson, Jazz on 3
Time Out: 1000 things to do in Britain
“Catch a performance in The Shed…”
“Near the market town of Malton on the edge of the Yorkshire moors, The Shed is one of few venues in the country with a location as inspiring as its programme of live music and performance art. The latter’s affinity with the surreal end of the creative spectrum is largely thanks to the boundless imagination of its creator, Simon Thackray, whose ideas are often too large to be limited to his makeshift stage: in 2004, for example, he had jazz saxophonist Lol Coxhill touring North Yorkshire market towns in a skip; one year earlier, improvising trombonist Alan Tomlinson did likewise in a fish and chip van, serenading customers as they queued for portions of battered cod. Other weird and wonderful outings have involved everything from knitted Elvis wigs to rowing down the river in over-sized Yorkshire puddings, although of course there’s plenty making more conventional use of the 100-capacity Shed’s candlelit interior – from the live comedy of Stewart Lee and the spoken word poetry of regular collaborator Ian McMillan to all manner of world, classical, jazz, blues and folk music.”