Short Bio

Tim Shaw is an artist working with sound, light and communication media. Presenting work through musical performances, installations and sound walks Tim is interested in how listening environments can be constructed or explored using a diverse range of techniques and technologies. He works with field recordings, electronics, video, modular synthesis, sound objects, self-made hardware and DIY software. Shaw has been lucky enough to work with Chris Watson, Phill Niblock, John Bowers, Dirty Electronics, Tess Denman-Cleaver,  Tetsuya Umeda, Jacek Smolicki and Sébastien Piquemal.

In 2019 Tim was selected for SHAPE (Sound and Heterogeneous Arts Platform Europe).
Tim is a lecturer in Digital Media at Newcastle University.
Tim is the co-curator of the Walking Festival of Sound.
Tim holds a PhD in Digital Media from Culture Lab, Newcastle University.

Long Bio

Tim Shaw’s practice is concerned with the many ways people listen, specifically how listening environments can be constructed or explored using a diverse range of techniques and technologies. He has a background in recording sound and his practice is anchored in the creative use of field recordings. He is interested in appropriating communication technologies to explore how these devices change the way we experience the world.

Tim presents work in galleries, festivals, museums, through residencies and cultural events nationally and internationally. Collaboration plays a central role in his approach, he has been lucky enough to make artistic work with Chris Watson, Phill Niblock, John Bowers, John Richards (Dirty Electronics), Tetsuya Umeda, Tess Denman-Cleaver, Ryoko Akama, Jacek Smolicki and Sébastien Piquemal.

Recently his work has been presented at Sonic Protest, Paris (2021), NNOI, Brandenburg (2021), Lokal INT, Biel (2021), LUFF, Lausanne (2020), Cave12, Geneva (2020), Novas Frequencias, Rio de Janeiro (2019),, Moscow (2019) CAMP, France (2019), Arnolfini, Bristol (2018) Experimental Intermedia, New York (2018)  Cafe OTO, London (2018), Brighton Dome (2018), New Ear Festival, New York (2018), History of Bosnia Museum, Sarajevo (2018), ARC, Switzerland (2018), bb14, Linz (2017), Stereolux, Nantes (2016), Baltic, Gateshead (2017), Touch Radio (2016) FACT Liverpool (2016), Eastern Bloc, Montreal (2016) and The Wired Lab, New South Wales, Australia (2016).

His artworks, recordings and writings have been featured in The Guardian, Arte Tracks, Neural, BBC Radio 3, Resonance FM, We Make Money Not Art, Touch Radio, The British Music Collection, The Field Recording Show,, Alphr, Its Nice That, SHAPE and The Space.


Raw Data Rough Mix, Allenheads Contemporary Arts, UK
Digital Arts Studio – Belfast, UK w/ British Council

Fri-Art – Fribourg, Switzerland w/ Martina Lussi
Topological Media Lab – Montreal, Canada (Cancelled due to CoVID19)

Silo – Serrinha do Alambari, Brazil 
South Walney Nature Reserve – Cumbria, UK
Electronic Music Studio – Stockholm, Sweden

InterArts Centre, Malmö, Sweden
Arc Custom Made Residency, Romainmôtier, Switzerland

bb15, Linz, Austria

Arc Walk and Talk, Romainmôtier, Switzerland
The Wired Lab, Cootamudra, Australia
FabLab, Sunderland, UK
Stereolux, Nantes, France
Warmth Sauna, London, UK

Uncanny Valley – LoveBytes, Sheffield, UK
FACT – Liverpool, UK
Discovery Museum – Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

Pacitti Company – Ipswich, UK

Pedra Sina Residency – Funchal, Madeira, Portugal


Points of Failure – Sanatorium of Sound, Sokołowsko, Poland
Ambulation – Sanatorium of Sound, Sokołowsko, Poland
Objects at Hand – Cafe OTO, London, UK w/ Dirty Electronics
Points of Failure – NNOI Festival, Bradenburg, Germany
Ambulation – NNOI Festival, Bradenburg, Germany
Points of Failure – Sonic Protest, Paris, France
Ambulation – Sonic Protest, Paris, France
Ambulation – LOKAL-INT, Biel, Switzerland
Netwalk – British Council and Digital Arts Studio, Belfast, UK
Netwalk – We’re All Bats, Online

Points of Failure – Cave12 – Geneva, Switzerland
Points of Failure – LUFF, Lausanne, Switzerland
Ambulation – LUFF, Lausanne, Switzerland
LOOPS – PIKSEL Festival, Bergen Norway (Online) w/ John Bowers
 – Duplex, Geneva w/ Martina Lussi
H or the Audience – Fri-Art, Fribourg w/ Martina Lussi
All Night Drone (8 hour drone) – dublab radio, LA (online)
A Midsummer Nights Drone – Radio Bal, Paris (online) w/ John Bowers and Rob Blazey
Points of Failure
 – IKLECTIK, London w/ Dirty Electronics
Points of Failure – DAI Hall, Huddersfield w/ Dirty Electronics
Points of Failure – Fuse Art Space, Bradford w/ Dirty Electronics
Points of Failure – Star and Shadow, Newcastle w/ Dirty Electronics
Points of Failure – Glad Cafe, Glasgow,  w/ Dirty Electronics & Ewa Justka

32 Waves – Fridman Gallery, New York w/ Phill Niblock
Lixo no Lixo – 
MAM, Rio, Brazil w / Novas Frequências
Lixo no Lixo 
– Silo, Serrinha do Alambari, Brazil
Ambulation – CAMP, Aulus-les-Bains, France
Ambulation – Sonica Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Points of Failure – Garage MU, Paris
Points of Failure – ICCA, Moscow, Russia
Points of Failure – Le General, Paris
Sensing the Gap – Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle, UK
Mythogeosonics – IKLECTIK, London, UK
Mythogeosonics – Reid Concert Hall, Edinibugh, UK
Still – Klub Spatif, Warsaw, Poland
Still – Sanatorium, Sokolovsko, Poland
Microstructure – Full of Noises, Barrow-in-Furness, UK

Berlin Sensor – w/ John Bowers – Spektrum (CTM Vorspiel) Berlin, Germany
Ring Network- New Ear Festival, New York w/ Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya
Beyond the Museum – w/ John Bowers – Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, UK
Disrupted Witnessing – w/ Jacek Smolicki – History of Bosnia Museum, Sarajevo, Bosnia
Disrupted Witnessing – w/ Jacek Smolicki – Volkskundemuseum Wien, Vienna, Austria
UK Tour with Phill Niblock – Cafe OTO, London
UK Tour with Phill Niblock – Bradford Fuse, Bradford
UK Tour with Phill Niblock – NAWR, Swansea
UK Tour with Phill Niblock – Glad Cafe, Glasgow
UK Tour with Phill Niblock – Attenborough Centre, Brighton
UK Tour with Tetsuya Umeda and Dirty Electronics – Northern Charter, Newcastle
UK Tour with Tetsuya Umeda and Dirty Electronics – Centrala, Birmingham
UK Tour with Tetsuya Umeda and Dirty Electronics – IKLEKTIK, London
UK Tour with Tetsuya Umeda and Dirty Electronics – Arnolfini, Bristol
Returning the Ear w/ Jacek Smolicki – Illutron, Copenhagen
Returning the Ear w/ Jacek Smolicki – Inter Arts Centre, Malmö
Returning the Ear w/ Jacek Smolicki – Fylkingen, Stockholm
Universal Transformation Machine w/ John Bowers – Piksel Festival, Bergen, Norway
Mythogeosonics w/ John Bowers – Experimental Intermedia, New York, USA

Returning the EarTim Shaw & Jacek Smolicki – Northern Charter, Newcastle, UK
Interpretation of La Jetée by Chris Marker – Glasgow Film Festival, UK
SPAN with Novak Collective and Ed Carter, BALTIC, Gateshead, UK
Ring Network (Performance) – Telematic Hacking, DMU, Leicester, UK
Into the Woods – w/ John Bowers – Allenhead Comtemporary Arts, Northumberland, UK
Amble – Tim Shaw & Jacek Smolicki – Arc Residency, Romainmôtier, Switzerland

Mumurate – FACT Liverpool, UK
Mumurate – Stereolux, Nantes, France
Mumurate – Eastern Bloc, Montreal, Canada
Remote – Tim Shaw & John Bowers – NEAR Festival, APO33, Nantes, France
Interpretation of La Jetée by Chris Marker – Edinburgh Entertainment Festival, UK
Returning the Ear – Tim Shaw & Jacek Smolicki – 4s, Barcelona, Spain
Ambulation – FACT Liverpool, UK
Ambulation – Piksel Festival Bergen, Norway
Ambulation – Compass Festival, Leeds, UK
A Midsummers Nights Drone – w/ John Bowers, Allenheads, UK

Unfoldings – w/ John Bowers and Phillip Jeck, FACT Liverpool, UK
Murmurate – Dumfries and Galloway Forestry Commission, Scotland
Fields – Café OTO, London, UK
Fields – NIME, Baton Rouge, USA
Fields – ZDB, Lisbon, Portugal
Fields – NK Project, Berlin, Germany
Sound Mirrors –  w/ John Bowers, Great Hall, Discovery Musuem, Newcastle, UK
Carboniferous – w/ John Bowers, Sonic Pattern, Sheffield, UK

Salient/Reentry – John Bowers & Tim Shaw Fort Process – Newhaven Fort, UK
Fields – w/ Sébastien Piqemal, CTM Festival – HAU2, Berlin, Germany


Points of Failure – Sanatorium of Sound, Sokołowsko, Poland
w/ TT-Node – Ancienne Halle, Paris, France
Mixed Signals – LOCAL-INT, Biel, Switzerland

Qualities of Common Water – Seventeen Gallery, London (online)

Transmission Line – Sonica Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Words With Worlds – Newcastle University, UK
Cyborg Garden w/ Experimental Architecture – Matadero Madrid, Spain
You Cannot Step in the Same River Twice – Fuse Art Space, Bradford
Ring Network – xCoAx, Milan, Italy
Jarrow Slake – TRK Sound Club, Florence, Italy
FLUX w/ Novak and Ed Carter – Central Station, Newcastle, UK

Rather Than To See – w/ Tess Denman-Cleaver and others – Globe Gallery, Newcastle, UK
Jarrow Slake – Fri – Art, Fribourg, Switzerland
Self-Build Utopias – w/ Experimental Architecture, Newcastle, UK
Moving Billboard – w/ Armando Lulaj, Various locations across Albania

Collect / Diffuse – bb15, Linz, Austria
Between Stillness and Storm – w/ Aidan Moesby, Bluedot Festival, UK
REACH (Radio Television) – Sanctuary Festival, Dumfries and Galloway, UK
Plain Changes – St. Andrews Church, Heckington, UK
Disruptive Witnessing – w/ Jacek Smolicki – Čolaković Legacy Gallery Belgrade, Serbia

Ring Network – Newbridge Project, Newcastle, UK
Re-Render – w/ John Bowers, ISEA, Hong Kong
GUST – Tim Shaw – LGAC, Cwmbran, Wales
Lack – w/ Hyjei Woo – m20d, Salzburg, Austria

Bergen Invocation – w/ John Bowers,  Piksel Festival – Bergen, Norway
SoundLines – Tim Shaw & John Bowers FACT, Liverpool, UK
Tuning In – Listening Back in Time – w/ Chris Watson, Discovery Museum, Newcastle, UK

Sounds and Guts – w/ Tender Buttons, Spill Festival, Ipswitch
Spillage – Tim Shaw – Hatton Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

Sound and Seclusion – Tim Shaw – Victoria Tunnels, Newcastle, UK
The Sonic Cosmos – w/ Ryan Collins, Guy Schofield, British Science Festival, UK