Director, WORKS|PROJECTS, Bristol and Curator, Foreground, Frome
Open Frequency selector from July 2010
Simon Morrissey is Director of WORKS|PROJECTS, the commercial gallery which he established in Bristol in November 2008, which represents a small stable of emerging and established British artists.
Simon is also curator at Foreground, the visual arts commissioning organisation he founded with Tabitha Clayson in 2007. Based in Frome, Somerset, Foreground realise temporary and permanently sited contemporary art projects in the South West of England that explore the relationship between art and its diverse settings and publics.
Educated at Warwick University (BA Hons History, MA European Cultural Policy & Administration), Simon worked at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham 1994-1996, and Matt’s Gallery, London 1996 – 1999. Since 1999, Simon has worked as an independent curator. His curated projects have been commissioned by leading public institutions and commercial galleries including The British Council; Arnolfini, Bristol; The Bowes Museum, County Durham; Forma, Newcastle/London; and Spike Island, Bristol as well as being produced as self-initiated projects.
He has written extensively on contemporary art & edited publications for numerous leading galleries and publishers in Britain and internationally. He contributed widely to UK art and architecture magazines and periodicals between 1995 & 2003.
Simon is also Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at University of the West of England, where he is a member of the PLACE research centre, which addresses recent theories of place, location, and context in contemporary visual art.