Tricycle, 2008. Performance documentation. Photographer: David Palazon.


The Boys, 2013. Performance documentation. Photographer: Magda Szostak


Amphibia, 2012. Performance documentation. Photographer: Magda Starowieyska


Francis Thorburn (b. England, UK, 1985) is a Glasgow-based visual artist working primarily with performance and sculpture. In the last ten years, Thorburn has been developing a series of ritualistic actions where he builds mobile, people-powered sculptural devices to lead processional performances. These performances create a celebratory atmosphere and foster social exchange to explore alternative modes of existence an increasingly commercial society. Since graduating from Camberwell College of Arts in 2008, Thorburn presented works in the UK and internationally including in Tate Modern, Tate Britain, the Centre for Contemporary Art Warsaw (Poland), BWA, Wroclaw (Poland), the Folkestone Triennial and most recently The Happenstance, Scotland’s Collateral Event at the 16th Architecture Biennial in Venice. He has exhibited across the UK as part of festivals and gallery programme of the Glasgow International, The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Focal Point Gallery (Sounthedn-on-Sea), The Grundy Art Gallery (Blackpool), The New Art Gallery (Walsall), Generator Projects (Dundee), and Embassy Gallery (Edinburgh).