Thomas John Bacon

In residence 31st March - 5th April

Thomas John Bacon is an artist whose work focuses upon the conception of the body, Being and the idea of a multiplicity of Self/s in performance. His work can be located within the framework of performance art and philosophical/phenomenological investigations that look to de/construct and challenge perception, alongside the assumed liminal barriers of body-based art. He is known for creating artworks that capture an altered space, environment, or period of time that regardless of scale, will often make intense, sometimes visceral, beautiful pieces that place the body in extremis.

Thomas John Bacon lives and works in the UK. He has been exhibiting his work since 2001 and internationally since 2009 particularly through Europe and East coast USA. He comes from a background of extensive training and performance in contemporary experimental theatre practices, Butoh, and directing. Today he continues to lecture in these fields on a variety of undergraduate courses across the country. His solo practice is firmly rooted in the principals of performance art and body art.  He holds a BA (London Met) in Theatre and English, an MA (Goldsmiths) in Performance, a PGCE (Greenwich), and a PhD (Bristol) in phenomenology and performance art with his thesis: Experiencing a Multiplicity of Self/s. Thomas John Bacon is the artistic director of the festival of international performance art and noise art called, Tempting Failure which is supported by Arts Council England. In 2014 The British Library selected his website for their permanent archive. In 2016, his company Tempting Failure was invited to become a core member of Live Art UK.


Thomas John Bacon, 2008, Erosion, Body, porcelain clay mix, heat. Photo credit: Kevin Townsend

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