Alice Theobald

Alice Theobald draws upon a mixture of pop and underground cultural references as she develops multifaceted performances using music, installation, and video. Theobald’s performance and video works reference the hybrid nature of their construction through playing with the metaphorical potential of language, sound, and movement while directly addressing accepted concepts of spectacle and emotion. Theobald frequently works in collaboration with a cast of non-professional actors and performers and employs repetition as a strategy to interrogate the unstable relationship between art, communication and representation.

Alice Theobald lives and works in London and graduated from the Royal Academy Schools in 2014, where she won the Gold Medal. In December 2015 Theobald had her first solo exhibition in a public museum at the BALTIC – Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK. Theobald recently completed the first cycle of the ‘Bear Pit’ Residency at Focal Point Gallery, commissioned by Grand Union. In February of 2014 she presented I’ve said yes now, that’s it. for the Chisenhale Gallery’s Interim programme. In late 2014 Theobald completed The Future Autumn Residency at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire; in 2013 she completed the Gasworks, London International Performance Residency. Recent performances, exhibitions, and film screenings include: The Boys The Girls The Political, curated by Lynton Talbot and Hana Noorali, Lisson Gallery, London (2015); The Fifth Artist, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (2015); Open Source, Gillett Square, London (2015); Dear Luxembourg (yours, bucktoothed grl), Nosbaum Reding Projects, Luxembourg (2015); Too Much, Two Queens, Leicester (2014); Marmalade Me, South London Gallery, London (2014); I’ve said yes now, that’s it., Outpost, Norwich (2014); I’ve said yes now, that’s it., Chisenhale Gallery, London (2014); AFTER/HOURS/DROP/BOX, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford (2013), Spike Island, Bristol (2014); Young London, V22, London (2013); They Keep Putting Words In My Mouth! An Operetta of Sorts, Pilar Corrias, London (2013); Situation|Event, Gasworks, London (2013); Stage Night, The Horse Hospital, London (2013); 6th Tropical Lab, ICA, Singapore (2012).

Born 1985 in Leicester, UK
Lives and works in London

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016
Alice Theobald, Two Queens, Leicester – UK

2015
Alice Theobald and Atomik Architecture, BALTIC Ryder Commission, BALTIC – Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead – UK

2013
They keep putting words in my mouth! An operetta of sorts, Pilar Corrias, London – UK

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
Pera Museum, Istanbul – TR

2016
Lucy Stein & France-Lise McGurn present NEO-PAGAN BITCH-WITCH!, Evelyn Yard, London – UK

2015
The Making of Husbands, curated by Anna Gritz, DREI, Cologne – DE
The Boys The Girls The Political, curated by Lynton Talbot and Hana Noorali, Lisson Gallery, London – UK
Alice Theobald, Grand Union curates ‘The Bear Pit’, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea – UK
The Fifth Artist, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge – UK
Dear Luxembourg (Yours Bucktooth grl) Nosbaum Reding Projects, Luxembourg – LU

2014
Too Much, Two Queens, Leicester – UK
P/N/19 FOAM, Mat Jenner, Project/Number, London – UK
Royal Academy Schools Show, The Royal Academy, London – UK

2013
V22 Young London 2013, V22 Biscuit Factory, London – UK Home Theater, Baro Galeria, Sao Paulo, Brazil – BR
Home Theatre, Baro Galeria, Sao Paulo, Brazil – BR
Situation/Event, Gasworks, London – UK
Premiums Interim Show, The Royal Academy, London – UK
Triangle Arts Trust Residency Exhibition, Muscat – OM

2012
6th Tropical Lab, curated by Charles Merewether, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (ICAS) – SG

2011
Hi-teen Carnival (curated by PAST PROJECTS), in conjunction with exhibition Lets Be Civil by GANDT, And/Or Gallery, London – UK

2010
Salon de Refuses, Studio 1.1, London – UK Open Studios, West Side Studios, London – UK
Open Studios, West Side Studios, London – UK

2007
Shot by the Sea, Claremont Art Space: Hastings Film Festival, Hastings – UK
Goldsmiths Degree Show 07, Goldsmiths College, London – UK
Crème de la Menthe-aliste, Sassoon Gallery, London – UK

SELECTED PERFORMANCES AND FILM SCREENINGS

2016
Liste festival with Keren Cytter, Basel – CH

2015
You’ve got my back and I’m on your side, presented by le FRAC Champagne-Ardenne at the Reims Scènes d’Europe Festival, Reims – FR
The Back and Forth (we’re too close to focus), Buenos Tiempos, Int. online exhibition
Scene Four: Home, curated by John Bloomfield, Flat Time House, Offsite at Peckham Plex, London – UK
Open Source Festival, Gillette Square, London – UK
Digital Dialogues, The New Walk Museum, Leicester – UK
Screening #1 London, Schwarzwaldallee, Basel – CH

2014
Imagined Futures, Basement.TV at Modern Art Oxford, Oxford – UK
Marmalade Me, South London Gallery, London – UK
I’ve said yes now, that’s it., Outpost, Norwich – UK 
After/Hours/Drop/Box, Spike Island, Bristol – UK
Interim: I’ve said yes now, that’s it., Chisenhale Gallery, London – UK

2013
AFTER/HOURS/DROP/BOX, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford – UK
Ora Serrata: The Boundary Between the Retina and the Ciliary Body, Cashama, Harlem Art Festival, New York – US
Dover Street Arts Club, curated by Gregor Muir, London – UK
Stage Night, The Horse Hospital (curator: Tai Shani, London – UK
No Doubt What They Saw, The Victorian Vaults, London – UK

2012
AFTER/HOURS/DROPBOX, And/Or Gallery, London – UK
What You Once Thought Was Real, 113 Dalston Lane, London – UK

2011
I Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You, Life Drawing Room, Royal Academy Schools, London – UK
Performance in conjunction with exhibition The Pedestrians Charles Atlas and Mika Tajima, South London Gallery, London – UK

2010
The Coelacanth Journal Launch, Performance, Vilma Gold, London – UK

2009
A Taste of the Kitchen Sink, presented by The Coelacanth Press, South London – UK
Cultural Centre, London – UK
One Hand Clap – Foot Chat, Ada Street Gallery, London – UK
Club Pacific, Performance with Design A Wave, Life, London – UK
Spartacus Chetwyned’s Helmut Newton Ladies Nights, GSK Contemporary: Event Horizon, Royal Academy of Arts, London – UK

2008
The Romantic Meets the Ridiculous, Director Lounge, Pictura Gallery, Rotterdam – NL

EDUCATION

2014
Royal Academy Schools, London
2007
Goldsmiths, University of London BA
2004
Winchester School of Art

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

2015
Artist Residency, ‘The Bear Pit’ at Focal Point Gallery,  Southend-on-Sea – UK

2014
Artist Residency, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire
Artist Residency, The Performance Studio, London
Gold Medal, The Royal Academy Schools, Royal Academy of Arts, London

2013
Triangle International Artists Workshop, Omani Society of Fine Arts, Muscat
Situation/Event, Gasworks International Performance Residency
Holbeck Trust Scholarship
Hiscox Award
6th Tropical Lab Residency, La Salle, Singapore

2012
Leverhulme Scholarship

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESS

Frieze, Focus: Alice Theobald, by Jonathan P Watts, May 2015
Young Artists in Conversation, Alice Theobald interview with Yasmine Rix, March, 2015
Art Monthly, Profile: Alice Theobald, by Anna Gritz, September 2014
V22 Presents Young London 2011 – 2014, Grey Tiger Books, 2014
The Coelacanth Journal, No. 9 Inbetweenies, Centrefold commission, Summer 2014
Interview with Katie Guggenheim in relation to Interim performance of ‘I’ve said yes now that’s it at Chisenhale Gallery, February 2014
Modern Painters, 100 Best Fall Shows, for Pilar Corrias Solo exhibition, September 2013
Jour Mal Jour Nal, The Minister’s Black Veil, Issue 01, April 2013

Alice Theobald | Panel Discussion: Baltic Ryder Commission

Alice Theobald | Panel Discussion: Baltic Ryder Commission

The artist, architects and commissioners will come together in a panel discussion on Wednesday 3 February, 19.00 to reflect on the collaborative process behind the BALTIC Ryder Commission. BALTIC and Ryder Architecture present the second in a series of new … More

Alice Theobald at Peckham Plex, London

Alice Theobald at Peckham Plex, London

Alice Theobald screens I’ll Finally Lose the Plot for the final part of the Flat Time House, The Best Scene is Off-Screen – a monthly programme of film, performance and discussion, off-site at the nearby Peckham Plex. Drawing on a wide … More

Alice Theobald at Wysing Arts Centre

Alice Theobald at Wysing Arts Centre

Wysing Arts Centre’s exhibition The Fifth Artist, features new work by Alice Theobald, Olivier Castel, Jesse Darling, and Crabtree & Evans who were in-residence together at Wysing in the autumn of 2014, working within the theme of The Future. Throughout their period … More

Alice Theobald at Modern Art Oxford

Alice Theobald at Modern Art Oxford

Alice Theobald will take part in Modern Art Oxford’s new digital platform for performance, music and film on 14 December 2014. Streaming live from the Wysing Arts Centre , the Basement.TV will feature the collaborative projects of Theobald alongside Olivier Castel, … More

Alice Theobald at Two Queens, Leicester

Alice Theobald at Two Queens, Leicester

Alice Theobald will feature in the group exhibition ‘Too Much’, focusing on the emotive and affective properties of artistic expression and the way media is shared to communicate feelings. The show profiles emergent contemporary practices that respond to a series of emotional … More

Alice Theobald at South London Gallery, London

Alice Theobald at South London Gallery, London

Alice Theobald is included in the film screening Marmalade Me at South London gallery on 13 August, 2014. This screening programme takes the writings of Jill Johnston as a starting point to look at a selection of recent works that address … More

Alice Theobald at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge

Alice Theobald at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge

Alice Theobald is one of five artists have been selected to be in-residence at Wysing Arts Centre for six weeks during late autumn 2014. As part of the residency Alice will develop a new work that taps into over-arching theme of … More

Alice Theobald at The Performance Studio, London

Alice Theobald at The Performance Studio, London

Alice Theobald is the second artist to take up residency in The Performance Studio’s current home in New Quebec Street near to Marble Arch in Central London. Her recent performance at Chisenhale Gallery in February 2014 – I’ve said yes … More

Alice Theobald at Project/Number, London

Alice Theobald at Project/Number, London

Project/Number presents Foam, an on-going peripatetic project by artist Mat Jenner. Conceived as both a platform for experimental commissioning and an expansive artwork, Foam explores the condition of the contemporary art object and its problematised relationship to spectatorship, dissemination, presence and display. … More

Alice Theobald at Outpost, Norwich

Alice Theobald at Outpost, Norwich

OUTPOST presents I’ve said yes now, that’s it, a new performance by Alice Theobald commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery and adapted for presentation at  OUTPOST. Combining video and installation, music, vocal experimentation and layers of pop and sub cultural references, Theobald’s practice repeatedly … More

Alice Theobald at Spike Island, Bristol

Alice Theobald at Spike Island, Bristol

Alice Theobald will premiere a live performance as part of artist John Lawrence’s After/Hours/Drop/Box one-day programme at Spike Island. In an effort to explore the influence of the music video on contemporary art practices, the evening will include a diverse … More

Alice Theobald at Chisenhale Gallery, London

Alice Theobald at Chisenhale Gallery, London

Alice Theobald’s I’ve said yes now, that’s it. will be featured as part of Chisenhale Gallery’s Interim programme, showcasing event-based projects taking place between exhibitions and commissioned specifically for Chisenhale’s unique gallery space. Continuing in a practice that interrogates the unstable relationship between art, … More

Alice Theobald at Modern Art Oxford

Alice Theobald at Modern Art Oxford

Alice Theobald will premiere a new performance in the forthcoming event, After/Hours/Drop/Box at Modern Art Oxford, seeking to examine the history and influence of the music video on contemporary art.  Others artists contributing to the event include Patrick Coyle, Gery Georgieva, … More

Alice Theobald at Young London 2013

Alice Theobald at Young London 2013

Alice Theobald is included in Young London 2013. This is the third in V22’s series of annual exhibitions which present a snapshot of emerging cultural and artistic attitudes and trends in London as perceived by a new generation of young … More

Alice Theobald at Gasworks, London

Alice Theobald at Gasworks, London

Alice Theobald, who will have a solo exhibition at Pilar Corrias this September, currently has a residency at GASWORKS as part of SITUATION|EVENT (SIT|EV) a 60-day programme exploring live, durational and participatory contemporary art practice, bringing audiences in direct contact … More

Agnieszka Gratza, “Alice Theobald and Atomik Architecture”, Artforum, March 2016 (Download PDF)

Johnny Tucker, “It’s not who you are, it’s how you are”, Blueprint, February 2016 (Download PDF)

Alice Theobald in BALTIC Ryder Commission in collaboration with Blueprint, September 2015 (Download PDF)

Alice Theobald: Acting, therapy, song and humour, Frieze Summer Issue 2015 (Download PDF)

Young Artists in Conversation, Alice Theobald interview with Yasmine Rix, April 2015 (Download PDF)

Anna Gritz, Alice Theobald, Art Monthly, September 2014 (Download PDF)

Interview with Katie Guggenheim in relation to Interim performance of ‘I’ve Said Yes Now, That’s It’ at Chisenhale Gallery, February 2014 (Download PDF)

Modern Painters, 100 Best Fall Shows September 2013 (Download PDF)