Theo Sims: The Candahar
The Candahar by Theo Sims is a sculpture with an intriguing interior space that resembles a historic Belfast pub. The detailed and meticulously hand crafted sculpture is complete when ‘staffed’ by two Belfast bartenders, Chris and Conor Roddy, who act as unscripted performers all night long. But beware, the project fuses the authentic with fantasy and the spectacle of the theatrical stage and, at its heart, acts as a catalyst for you to enter into conversation, debate, and dialogue with new found friends – fueled by a pint here and there!
About the Artist
Theo Sims received an MFA from the University of Ulster, Belfast in 1994 before moving to Canada where he co-edited BlackFlash magazine and was Programming Coordinator of Winnipeg’s aceartinc. Sims has exhibited extensively across Canada and Europe in the past two decades and received rave reviews in The New York Times, Maclean’s, C magazine, Border Crossings, Circa and BlackFlash. While his works are primarily sculptural, Sims rarely exhibits in art galleries, preferring rather to develop alternate social contexts for his artworks.