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Tim Etchells’ second work for Weston-super-Mare is sited in a shelter on Marine Parade.

Shelter Piece

Location: Shelter, Marine Parade

Presently it is not possible to view Tim Etchell's Shelter Piece due to vandalism. We are working closely with North Somerset Council to ensure the work gets fixed as quickly as possible. 


The shelter was constructed in the early part of the 20th Century and differs substantially from the ornate series of shelters along Marine Parade which are Grade II listed. Etchells was particularly drawn to the formal grid structure of the windows on all three sides of the shelter and the simplicity of the architectural construction which faces onto an uninterrupted view of the expanse of Weston Bay. Etched into the glass windows of this shelter are a series of short text fragments, written by Etchells, which detail the scenes he observed on a summer’s day spent in Weston-super-Mare in July 2010. The artist offers us glimpses of the seaside town which accumulate according to the viewer’s movement around the interior of the shelter, rather than being read as a linear, narrative text.

Through his characteristically absorbing mode of description, Etchells indexes the everyday as it unfolded in one particular period of 24 hours – the convergence of frazzled exclamations, physical exertions and intimate exchanges, interruptions and heroic gestures – which together go some way to capture the conflictual qualities of the seaside. By choosing to draw in the viewer to read fragments of this text against the blank horizon of Weston Bay, Etchells creates a tension between our own visualisations of these characters and scenes and the landscape before us. In the depths of winter, sheltering from the driving snow on Weston’s beachfront, for example, a viewer may be transported back to an imaginary summer’s day, whilst during the summer, Etchells’ Shelter Piece serves to heighten our sense of awareness to the multiple stories which are being played out across the town behind us as we sit in the heat or rain contemplating the wide expanse of sea.

Tim Etchells

Tim Etchells was born in the UK in 1962. He lives and works in Sheffield, UK. Etchells is perhaps best known as the artistic director of Forced Entertainment, a performance group founded in 1984, with whom he has directed, written, and occasionally performed in many critically acclaimed performance works at major festivals and theatres around the world. As an artist, Etchells has recently exhibited at Gasworks, London (2010), Goteborg International Biennale, Sweden(2009), Bloomberg Space, London (2008), Art Sheffield, Sheffield (2008) and Manifesta 7, Rovereto, Italy (2008). He was also co-curator of Performing Sculpture, a section of the Tate Liverpool collection display DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture, Liverpool (2009).



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The Green Team, North Somerset Council
Ian Williams Ltd