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Mark Titchner’s (b. 1973, Luton, UK) work involves an exploration of the tensions between the different belief systems that inform our society, be they religious, scientific or political. Focusing on an exploration of words and language, in recent years much of his production has been based in the public realm both in the UK and internationally. These public works have often been created from extended group activities, working particularly with young people. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2006, participated in the Venice Biennale in 2007 and was Artist in Residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto in 2012. In 2018 he completed a major new permanent public work, ‘Me, Here Now’ which is installed at London Bridge Station.
Many of his recent projects have explored issues around mental health. He is currently involved with the Mental Health and Justice project, a multi-disciplinary research initiative funded by Wellcome, working with the team that are investigating issues around the assessment of mental capacity, particularly in relation to complex or contested cases. A new public artwork relating to this work is currently installed on the perimeter of the Bethlem Royal Hospital. He has also continued to work with the charity Hospital Rooms producing site specific works in mental health units.
Solo exhibitions include ‘Some questions about us’, Firstsite, Colchester (2019), ’Mark Titchner’, CGP/Dilston Grove, London (2014), ’Please Believe These Days Will Pass’, The Young gallery at The Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada (2012), ‘Be true to your oblivion’, New Art Gallery, Walsall (2011), The Age of Happiness, Hellenic American Union, Athens (2009) and ‘Run Black River, Run’, BALTIC, Gateshead, (2008). He lives and works in London.
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