MILLIONS OF YEARS Photograph by Cat Vinton
Somerset House Studios resident

Caroline Williams

Director, writer and performer.

Somerset House Studios
New Wing

Caroline Williams is an artist working in multi-disciplinary participatory performance. Her work focuses on current political issues, for example the semantics of screens in relation to the war in Syria, migration or the relationship between loneliness and technology. Using personal narratives, she works to find a performative language that will most powerfully communicate the heart of these stories. At the core of her work is a passion to give people who wouldn't primarily consider themselves artists a platform to create great works of art. She seeks stories that matter and people who have something important to say. 

Millions of Years, Caroline Williams
Millions of Years, Caroline Williams

‘Every picture-book-gorgeous thing Caroline Williams does as illustrator is subverted by every dark, challenging, surreal thing Williams does as writer and director.’

Maddi Costa, The Guardian
NOW IS THE TIME TO SAY NOTHING at Young Vic. Photo by Caroline Williams
NOW IS THE TIME TO SAY NOTHING at Young Vic. Photo by Caroline Williams

Projects include Make Yourself At Home at Nuit Blanche Brussels,  Now Is The Time To Say Nothing at The Young Vic, Millions of Years for English National Opera at The British Museum, Dad Dancing with Second Hand Dance and Puffball at Battersea Arts Centre, Shadwell’s Tempest and Le Malade Imaginaire with OAE at Shakespeare’s Globe. Her installation at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Shakespeare’s Fools, was chosen to represent the UK at the Prague Quadrennial 2015. Caroline often works with Improbable theatre company and is co-founder of The International Activities Club, a performance collective who focus on cross-cultural participatory performance.

'Caroline's work is clever, layered and moving. She is an important voice in British theatre.'

Liz Moreton, Senior producer, Battersea Arts Centre.

Whilst in residence at the Studios, she is developing two dance projects, one exploring the legacy of British colonialism and the other exploring the notion that fear rather than power corrupts within the British police forces. 
 

5 TINS at Young Vic. Photo by Helen Murray
5 TINS at Young Vic. Photo by Helen Murray