Jack Catling

Unit 20: former ‘Rattray's Joke Shop’

Jack Catling’s performance work Into the Woods is shown as film. It invites a glimpse between stage sets, a moment to catch the breath in passing, and expel it in a new configuration before carrying on.


Jack Catling is an artist working mainly through the mediums of performance, film, and installation. Through his practice, he aims to bring about space for wonders to occur, and doubts to flourish. He draws from his background in illusion, his interest in the value and perpetuity of symbols, and a shady past built from various fictions.

Jack studied BA Fine Art at the Royal College of Art (2015 – 2017) and MA Fine Art Sculpture at Chelsea College of Art & Design (2005-2008). He is a founding member and director of the performance group, Parlour Collective, a group of contemporary artists, musicians, and film-makers dedicated to exploring history and mythology from imagined perspectives, and also co-director of Cabaret Melancholique.

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