Tim Brennan, Taking Coals to Sunderland, 2012. Photo: Marcin Reweda.

Over the past 20 years, Tim Brennan has developed a walking-based art practice he refers to as ‘the manouvre’. Following the former route of the world’s first railway line, Brennan's selected readings en route collide historical and aesthetic quotations creating a web of contradictions and political dilemmas.

The time and duration of this manouvre corresponds to the generic colliery nightshift. The 8-hour journey culminated at 6am on the banks of Sunderland’s River Wear.

Tim Brennan is an artist based in Sunderland, he studied fine art at the Slade School of Fine Art, London and Public History at Ruskin College, Oxford. He has exhibited and curated projects internationally and utilises a range of media, including writing, sculpture, new technologies, sound, photography and organised walking to explore discursive performance. His ongoing 'manoeuvres' include Crusade, which involved a walk from Jarrow to the House of Commons in 1996 and 3 Manoeuvres at Compton Verney in 2001. Other recent projects include My Sister's Record Collection comprising over 2000 vinyl singles, which were shown at Ikon in Birmingham in 2000; The Republic of Atlantis for the National Maritime Museum, London in 2002 and Museum of Angels at the British Museum in 2003. 

Curated by AV Festival 12. With thanks to the University of Sunderland.

Tim Brennan: Taking Coals to Sunderland


Sat 24 March 2012, 10pm–6am

Colliery Inn


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