Biography
Henrietta Simson is an artist whose work explores the landscape image through its historical and cultural development, and current definitions within a digital context framed by ecological crisis. Her research draws from late medieval and early Renaissance imagery, presenting ideas of landscape that challenge its designation within human/nonhuman dichotomies and that facilitate a critical questioning of the visual structuring of space.

She completed an MA in painting at the Slade School of Fine Art in 2007, and then a practice-related PhD in 2017, supervised by Professor Joy Sleeman, Professor Alison Wright and Lisa Milroy RA, with the thesis title, Landscape After Landscape, Pre-Genre Backgrounds in a Post-Genre Digital Age. In 2011 she won the Threadneedle Prize for Painting and Sculpture, and her work and writing have been exhibited and published widely. She has taught at the Slade School of Fine Art and currently at the University of the Arts, London.



Education
2010 - 2017      
Practice-related PhD, Slade School of Fine Art, London
Thesis Title: Landscape After Landscape: Pre-Genre Italian Backgrounds in a Post-Genre Digital Age             
2010 - 2011     
Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching, CLTAD, University of the Arts London
2005 - 2007   
MA Fine Art (distinction), Slade School of Fine Art, London
1990 - 1993     
BA (Hons) Fine Art, Bristol School of Art, University of the West of England                            
1992                
Erasmus exchange studies, Facultad de Bellas Artes, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain  

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions
2018
Between the Horizon and the Cloud, Sassoon Gallery, Folkestone, Kent
2016 - 2017
Making Landscapes, HSBC Landscape Collection, HSBC Tower, Canary Wharf, curated by Jeremy Akerman
2014                   
Scenario, Cabin, London, curated by Joe Madeira
2013                   
The Eye Like a Strange Balloon Mounts Toward Infinity, Slade School of Fine Art, Summer School, London
2012                   
Risk Twirl Room, collaboration with Irena Kalodera, Whitstable Biennial Satellite programme, Kent
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
2020
Of Earth, For Earth, Heartlands World Heritage Site, Cornwall
2019
The Nomenclature of Colour, Slade Research Centre, London
2018                   
Metadata: how we relate to images, The Lethaby Gallery, London, curated by the International Research Project “Bilderfahrzeuge, Aby Warburg's Legacy and the Future of Iconology" and presented with cooperation from Central Saint Martins
Wanderer, an exhibition exploring planets and stars at Platform Project 2018, Athens School of Art, Greece, collaborating with Jo Volley as Simson&Volley
2015              
Against Delivery, Slade Research Centre, UCL, London
Signal Failure2: The Agon of Romance and Triumph (Cultural Disfiguration in the Age of Austerity), Maverick Projects, Peckham Rye, London Re-Unpacking, The Café Table Commissions, Nottingham Castle, Nottingham
2014                   
(detail), touring exhibition, Usher Gallery, Lincoln, Transition Gallery, London and H-Project Space, Bangkok, Thailand
All New Things, Man&Eve Projects, London
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: Variations on Dystopic Space, 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, (Simson&Volley)
Brittle Crazie Glasse, Islington Mill Salford, (Simson&Volley)
Jerwood Drawing Prize, (Simson&Volley) (UK touring exhibition)
videooooooh, the one minutes, Slade Research Centre, London (Simson&Volley)
Cities Methodologies, Slade Research Centre, (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, (Simson&Volley)
Seasonal Disorder (No. 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, Visual Arts Centre, Portsmouth,Virginia, USA
The Voice and Nothing More, Slade Research Centre, (Simson&Volley)
2008/9                
Group Exhibition of Gallery Artists, Man&Eve, London
2007              
Aqua Wynwood, Miami, Florida, USA
Year_07 Art Projects, London
2006              
The New Contemporaries 2006, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool and London
Scape, Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square, London
2005              
Jerwood Drawing Prize (UK touring exhibition)

Research and Published Work
2020 
“Transformative Wilderness: From Medieval Cave To Industrial Mine; From Landscape Image To Landscape Site,” paper given at Imp@ct Conference, Heartlands World Heritage Site, Cornwall 
“Heterotopia and Perspective: Towards a Different Imagining of Landscape,” Interrupting Globalisation: Heterotopia in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Drs. Simon Ferdinand, Irina Souch and Daan Wesselman, Routledge
“Neither Here Nor There: The Equivocal Status Of The Cloud,” Silver Linings: Clouds in Art and Science, edited by Dolly Jørgensen and Finn Arne Jørgensen, Museums Forlaget
2019
"Looking Like We Care," Chasing Intensities, published by Liz Orton with help from The Wellcome Trust
"(Don’t) Fall on Me, Arena Chapel: Disrupting the Stable Pictorial Worlds of the Arena Chapel", paper given as part of Art and Visual Perception panel at the Renaissance Society of America, Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada
"Neither Here nor There", paper given at research workshop In the Clouds, Stavanger Art Museum, Norway
2018
"Haptics and Digital Optics", PaintingDigitalPhotography: Synthesis and Difference in the age of media equivalence, edited by Carl Robinson, Cambridge Scholars Publishing
2017                  
“Implications of Absence: Mary Magdalen and the Wilderness Landscape”, research paper given at the workshop The Body Politics of Mary Magdalen, the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London
“Landscape After Landscape: Before the Genre and Beyond the View”, Environment, Space, Place, Zeta Books: University of Minnesota Press
2016                   
“The Bridge of Sighs”, Engaged Urbanism: Cities & Methodologies, edited by Ben Campkin and Ger Duijzings, I.B. Tauris, London and New York
“Affective Landscapes: Surface and Depths in Wilderness Imagined”, research paper given at Deep Material Encounters, Clearwell Caves, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire
“Landscape after Landscape: Before the Genre and Beyond the View”, research paper given at Language, Landscape & the Sublime, symposium, Dartington Hall and Sharpham House, Devon, UK
2015                   
“Where is the Work?”, research workshop delivered at Against Delivery, EARN and LAHP Doctoral Research Event, Slade Research Centre, UCL    
"Material, Affect and Artificial Perspective", research paper given at Audiences and Cultural Experiences in the Digital Age, JFIGS multidisciplinary workshop, UCL
2009              
“Art and Nature”, Immediations, Courtauld Institute Research Journal

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

Talks and Events
2018 
Between the Horizon and the Cloud, Sassoon Gallery, Folkestone, Kent
Practices of Production, panel discussion as part of Metadata: how we relate to images, The Lethaby Gallery, London
Gold, Friday Forum, Interdisciplinary colloquium, Institute of Advanced Study, UCL
In Conversation with Liz Orton as part of her Digital Insides project, supported by the Wellcome Trust
2017              
Flashpoints, with Professor Alison Wright and Dr Allie Stielau, as part of the UCL Festival of Culture
Making Landscapes, in conversation with Jeremy Akerman
2013                  
The Eye Like a Strange Balloon Mounts Toward Infinity, Slade Summer School, UCL
2011              
Surplus to Requirements? Slade Research Centre, UCL
"Appropriated Landscapes", lecture given as part of the In Focus series, Nottingham Contemporary
2009              
Lulled into Believing, in discussion with Esther Teichmann and Patrick Henry, Man&Eve Gallery, London
2007              
Drawings and Projections, Slade Summer School exhibition series, UCL

Awards

2020
Of Earth, For Earth Artist’s Award, as part of the sustainable mining Imp@ct Project, funded by the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
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, UCL
Gordon Luton Award for Fine Art, given by The Worshipful Company of Painter Stainers

Press Articles and Exhibition Publications
2011                   
The Threadneedle Prize exhibition catalogue
Michael Glover, “Threadneedle Prize for Painting and Sculpture, Mall Galleries, London”, review,The Independent, 4/10/11
“Henrietta Simson wins £25,000 Threadneedle Prize 2011”, Art News, artlyst, 6/10/11
2010                   
Changing Landscapes, BFAMI exhibition catalogue
The John Moores Painting Prize exhibition catalogue
Fay Nicholson, “The Borrowed Loop”, review, Artists Newsletter, 1/10/11
Volta NY exhibition catalogue
2009                   
Lulled into Believing, exhibition catalogue
Skye Sherwin, “Exhibitionist: The best art shows to see this week”, review, The Guardian, 25/09/09
Mimi Haddon, “Inner landscapes”, review, Dazed and Confused, 21/09/09
John-Paul Pryor, “Lulled into Believing”, review, Dazed digital, 1/10/09
2007              
Celeste Art Prize exhibition catalogue
2006              
Bloomberg New Contemporaries, exhibition catalogue
Grayson Perry, “New Contemporaries”, review, The Times 2, 15/11/06



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