I aim to make high quality art events, performances and exhibitions that often involve the participation of members of the public. I want to use art to enable people to see the world as a place of potentiality and to become more active citizens.
I am committed to education and deliver lectures, workshops and mentoring for art and performance students and produce publications and art education resources for the culturally curious.
I work internationally from a base in the UK.
Joshua Sofaer (b. 1972 Cambridge, England) is an artist who is centrally concerned with modes of collaboration and participation.
Often with an irreverent use of humour, he plays with established forms of production, appropriating and reconfiguring the chat show, competition, lecture, or museum display.
He acts as curator, producer or director of a broad range of projects, including large-scale events, intimate performances, and publications.
For Scavengers (Tate Modern, London; SFMOMA, San Francisco; Edinburgh Festival) members of the public raced around the city answering clues and forming a new gallery exhibition. Name in Lights was a national competition and installation in the City of Birmingham that culminated in a giant illuminated name in Centenary Square. Object Retrieval (a Wellcome project for UCL) was nominated for a 2010 Museum & Heritage Award for Excellence. Viver a Rua was the opportunity for citizens of Porto in Portugal to nominate someone to become the permanent name of a street in the city; all the maps have had to change. In spring 2014 he directed a new staged version of Bach’s St Matthew Passion for Folkoperan in Stockholm to critical acclaim.
After a BA in Drama & English at Bristol University, Joshua went on to complete an MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design and was subsequently awarded a PhD from Dartington College of Arts.
Joshua was a winner of the 2009 Bank of America CREATE Art Award, and the first Artist Fellow on the 2010/11 Clore Leadership Programme.