Toby Poolman Artist and Maker

Toby Poolman trained in furniture making at Buckinghamshire College, going on to do an MFA in Fine Art, through which he began his exploration into our preoccupation with machinery and movement through large-scale installation and sculpture. Since then, he has exhibited work both in the UK and abroad. He is also a founding staff member, Technician and Educator for Blackhorse Workshop in Walthamstow, with whom he has developed several large-scale installations and where he shares his fascination for the material and the mechanical through workshops and educational events. 


2009 - MFA Fine Art, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK
1999 - Furniture Design & Craftsmanship, Buckinghamshire College


2019 - “Atomic 50” Interdisciplinary installation and theatre piece (for Blackhorse Workshop)
2017 - Industrial Marble Run for “Sideshow” installation (Blackhorse Workshop)
2015 – ‘The maker’s Playground’ exhibition (as part of London Design Festival 2015)
2013 – ‘Ornamental Status III’ exhibition, 5th Base gallery. London
2012 – Tent 2012 Design exhibition, London
2011 – E17 Arts Trail, Walthamstow, London
2011 – ‘Tower Hamlets Spring Open 2011’ exhibition, London
2010 - The Open West, Gloucestershire University, Cheltenham
2010 - Wilderness exhibition, The American Museum, Bath
2009 - The Old Curiosity Shop, Bath,
2009 - MFA show, Bath Spa University, UK
1999 - New Designers Graduate show,

Residencies (UK and abroad)

2010 - The Open West Education Programme/Prospect Training Services, Gloucester
2004 - Design teacher/Artist in residence, Peace Art Project Cambodia (PAPC), Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Cargo Collective, Inc. Los Angeles, Calif.