Originally from Cambridge, Lloyd fled to Newcastle to become an artist and escape a career as a publican. In 2012 he graduated from the MFA course at Newcastle University and was selected as an AXIS MAstar by Katharine Welsh, assistant curator at BALTIC. He has exhibited internationally and collaborated with several artists, recently with Andrew Wilson as Lloyd-Wilson, with Harry Palmer on ScartVideo and he is also a member of the fictional band Stabbing Les. He is an amateur home brewer, carpenter and teacher. He enjoys reading, drinking real ale and listening to the Fall and loud Japanese drone music.

Toby’s aim throughout the residency was to undertake research for a new Film Noir project currently [at the time] titled, Is Toby Lloyd a Zombie? The work involved Lloyd playing a detective investigating an artist called Toby Lloyd, who is suspected of attempting a take control of other people via astral projection.


Image: Wet your Whistle event poster by Toby Lloyd Phips courtesy of the artist