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Artie’s fascination with clowning began as a child, when his uncle bought him a Laurel and Hardy VHS as a Christmas present.

This fascination grew when he studied Shakespeare’s clowns at University of Bristol, leading him to create his thesis piece, the clown show CrapFest, a take on Samuel Beckett’s Endgame.
 

Artie began building on his previous comical acting experience with X-entricity Youth Theatre, training with Jon Davison (of The London Clown School/Circomedia, Escola de Clown Barcelona), Holly StoppitPhilippe Gaulier, Brian Desmond (University of Chester/Be Your Own Banana), and with Igne Barkauskaite at the Bristol Physical Theatre Project, among others.

After graduating from the University of Bristol, Artie formed the comedy duo Godden and Barnes with Daniel Barnes. Long-time collaborators, they have created several original live shows and a feature film together.

In 2018, Artie was a semi-finalist for the Chortle Student Comedy Awards, and co-devised #LiveShow1 (Godden and Barnes), a 5-star surrealist cabaret show for the Cardiff Fringe. He spent the summer running clown workshops for young people with the National Citizen Service.

In 2019, Artie began touring around the UK with Olivier Award-winning Director Sally Cookson's We're Going on a Bear Hunt, a clown theatre show for families produced by Kenny Wax.

In late 2019/early 2020 (before the pandemic hit), Artie managed to fit in a few more clown adventures, performing a silent clown act in cabarets in Bristol, London and Paris, and some street performing with Sigmund the Viking of the Valhalla Collective. He also got the chance to partake in an experimental Bouffon and Clown workshop with international pedagogue and theatre maker, John Wright, exploring the spaces between and overlaps of these forms of expression.

He continues to write and devise work, and runs online clown workshops and meditation groups for those willing to brave the virtual space and its eccentricities.