Biography

Henrietta Simson completed an MA at the Slade in 2007 where she is currently researching for a practice-related PhD. Her work engages with technologies of vision derived from linear perspective, and the impact these have had on our definitions of landscape. By adopting an interpretive approach to these media of image production, she explores the seductive nature of two-dimensional representations of three-dimensional space, what the co-option of visual experience implies culturally and ideologically, and how the materiality of the forms produced impacts on the illusory effects they create. The work is experimental, and focuses on the material presence that accompanies (and is a striking feature of) 14th and 15th century forays into spatial illusion, exploring an affective reality, and asking how this can contribute to contemporary image-making; how it can mitigate against the extreme effects of perspective and perspectival technologies. She received the Clare Winsten Memorial Award and the Gordon Luton Award for Fine Art in 2007, and in 2011 won the Threadneedle Prize for Painting and Sculpture. She has had solo shows at Cabin Gallery (2014), the Slade Summer School (2013 & 2007) and the Slade Research Centre (2008), Man&Eve Gallery (2008) and Volta New York (2010). Group shows include New Contemporaries (2006), the John Moores Painting Prize (2010) and the Jerwood Drawing Prize - in 2005, and as Simson&Volley in 2012.

Education


2010 - 2017 Practice-related PhD, Slade School of Fine Art, London
2010 - 2011 PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching, CLTAD, University of the Arts, London
2005 - 2007 MA Fine Art (distiction), Slade School of Fine Art, London
1992 Erasmus exchange studies, Facultad de Bellas Artes, Universitat de Barcelona
1990 -1993  BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of the West of England

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions


2014 ‘Scenario’, The Art Cabin, London
2013 'The Eye Like a Strange Balloon Mounts Toward Infinity’, Slade School of Fine Art, London
2012 ‘Risk Twirl Room’, with Irena Kalodera, Wet Fish Shop, High Street, Whitstable as part of the Biennial Satellite programme.
2010 ‘No Guts, No Glory’, Volta Art Fair, New York, Man&Eve booth
2009 ‘Lulled into Believing’, with Esther Teichmann, Man&Eve, London
2008 ‘Over the Frontier’, Man&Eve, London
        ‘Lost Narratives’, Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square, London
2007 ‘Drawings and Projections’, Slade Summer School of Fine Art, London
        ‘Mystery Songs and History Pictures’, Foreign Press Association, London

Selected Group Exhibitions


2016 ‘MA/MFA/PhD’ Degree Show, Slade School of Fine Art
2014 ‘the tongue shapes words all too quickly’, Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Art, London
        ‘Immaterial’, Slade Research Centre, London
2013 ‘Duet’ Quay Arts Centre, Isle of Wight
        ‘Signal Failure’, Legion TV, London
        ‘Slade Print Fair’, Slade Research Centre, London
        ‘Open Spaces’, Mottisfont Abbey, Hampshire
        ‘Another Way of Seeing’, UCL, London in conjunction with EPSC2013, collaborating with Jo Volley as Simson&Volley
        ‘Cities Methodologies’, Slade Research Centre, London (Simson&Volley)
        ‘Risk Twirl Room’ installation as part of Exploding Cinema on SS Stubnitz, London
        ‘Open Studios (Hinterland)’, Slade Research Centre, London
2012 ‘The Hearing Trumpet’, West Dean College, West Sussex, collaborating with Jo Volley as Simson&Volley, curated by         Natalie Gale
        ‘Brittle Crazie Glasse’, Islington Mill Salford, as Simson&Volley, curated by Lucy Newman Cleeve
        ‘Jerwood Drawing Prize’, as Simson&Volley (UK touring exhibition)
        ‘videooooooh’, the one minutes, Slade Research Centre, London as Simson&Volley
        ‘Cities Methodologies’, Slade Research Centre, as Simson&Volley
        ‘The Threadneedle Space’, opening exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
        ‘Making Space’, Slade Research Centre, London
2011 ‘The Threadneedle Prize for Painting and Sculpture’, Mall Galleries, London
        ‘Cities Methodologies’, Slade Research Centre, London, collaborating with Jo Volley as Simson&Volley
        ‘Seasonal Disorder 2’, with Corinna Till and Joe Packer, Gransden Avenue, London
        ‘Surplus to Requirements?’, Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square, London
2010 ‘Changing Landscapes’, BFAMI annual auction, Christies, London
        ‘With These Walls We Are Shaped’, Wolstenholme Creative Space, Liverpool
        ‘The John Moores Painting Prize’, Liverpool Biennial, The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
        ‘The Borrowed Loop’, Man&Eve Project Space, London
        ‘Shelf’, Whitstable Satellite, Whitstable Biennale, Kent
        ‘Cities Methodologies’, Slade Research Centre, Simson&Volley
2009 ‘spaces/places/senses/places/senses/spaces’, Simson&Volley and Elizabeth Mead, VAC, Portsmouth, Virgina, USA
        ‘The Voice and Nothing More’, Slade Research Centre, Simson&Volley
2008 ‘Group Exhibiton of Gallery Artists, Man&Eve, London
2007 ‘Aqua Wynwood art fair’, Miami, USA
        ‘Year_07 Art Projects’, London
        ‘MFA/MA Degree Show’, Slade School of Fine Art
2006 ‘The New Contemporaries 2006’, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool and London
        ‘Scape’, Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square, London
        ‘The Sefton Open’, Netherton Arts Centre, Merseyside
2005 ‘The Jerwood Drawing Prize’ (UK touring exhibition)

Residencies


2013    Artist in Residence, Slade Summer School
2002-3 Artist in Residence, The Art Factory, Luton, Bedfordshire

Awards


2015 The Jean Spencer and Malcolm Hughes Bursary, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL given in conjunction with Graduate School research funding, UCL
2013 The Jean Spencer and Malcolm Hughes Bursary, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL
2011 The Threadneedle Prize for Painting and Sculpture
2007 Clare Winsten Memorial Award, given by The Slade School of Fine Art
        Gordon Luton Award for Fine Art, given by The Worshipful Company of Painter Stainers

Selected Press and Publications


2014 ‘Signal Failure’, exhibition catalogue
2013 60 Second Interview, Art Finder, 4 February
        Five Artists to Watch in 2013, Art Finder, 30 January
2011 The Threadneedle Prize exhibition catalogue
        Michael Glover, Threadneedle Prize for Painting and Sculpture, Mall Galleries, London, The Independent, 4 October
        Art News, Henrietta Simson wins £25,000 Threadneedle Prize, 2011, artlyst, 6 October
2010 ‘Changing Landscapes’ BFAMI exhibition catalogue
        John Moores Painting Prize exhibition catalogue
        Fay Nicholson, The Borrowed Loop, Artists Newsletter, 1 October
        Volta NY exhibition catalogue
2009 ‘Immediations’, Courtauld Institute research journal
        ‘Lulled into Believing’ exhibition catalogue
        Skye Sherwin, Exhibitionist: The best art shows to see this week, The Guardian, 25 September
        Mimi Haddon Inner landscapes, Dazed and Confused, 21 September
        John-Paul Pryor, Lulled into Believing, Dazed digital, 1 October
2007 Celeste Art Prize exhibition catalogue
2006 Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition catalogue
        Agenda, Wallpaper Magazine, November
        Art Monthly, November
        Art Review, September
        Grayson Perry, The Times 2, 15 November
2005 The Jerwood Drawing Prize exhibition catalogue

Talks and Events


2016 ‘Deep Material Encounters’, Clearwell Caves, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire
        ‘Landscape, Language & the Sublime’ Symposium, Dartington Hall and Sharpham House, Devon, UK
2015 ‘Against Delivery’, EARN and LAHP Doctoral Research Event, Slade Research Centre, UCL
        ‘Audiences and cultural experiences in the digital age’, multidisciplinary workshop, UCL
2013 ‘The Eye Like a Strange Balloon Mounts Toward Infinity’, Slade Summer School, UCL
2011 ‘Surplus to Requirements?’, Exhibition and Symposium at the Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square, London
        ‘Appropriated Landscapes’, In Focus series, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
2009 ‘Lulled into Believing’ in discussion with Esther Teichmann and Patrick Henry
2007 Slade Summer School exhibition series

Contact: henriettasimson@yahoo.co.uk