Tim Sandys associates his work with societal and civic structures. Using actions and interventions, he carefully identifies points of strain, failure or tension within city experience and exploits them. The application of his working methods reflects ethnographic or qualitative research without proselytising or conclusion. Sandys employs actions and interventions blended with a sculptural poetic that promotes an exercise in empathy in the face of impersonal civilian trappings. These actions and subsequent artefacts tackle the negated status of the individual functioning in a societal context. Using both empowering and provocative methods, this practice flirts simultaneously with deviance and empathy.
From a background in psychology and healthcare, Tim Sandys returned to full time-education to study fine art at Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design followed by the MFA programme at the Glasgow School of Art. Currently, Tim’s practice involves itself in the trappings of societal norms and civilian infrastructure, using actions, interventions, drawings, film, sound pieces and dominantly sculpture to identify and exploit their points of strain. Currently, Tim keeps a busy schedule , developing new work as well as teaching drawing and painting for the continuing education department at the Glasgow School of Art. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include shows in Edinburgh, London, Philadelphia and New York.