Approved: 30.09.2012

Simon Taylor

Artist, Curator, Maker, Project manager

Approved: 30.09.2012
 
 

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    Biography

    Visual Art practice

    My current work explores our relationship with nature and how it can positively impact on our mental wellbeing. The modern world is full of distractions, that remove us from being in the present, this also significantly affects our health, both physically and mentally. It is easy for us all to become enclosed in micro-worlds, narrowing our awareness on the self. However, if we can find a place and space of stillness and contemplation, we can then allow ourselves the opportunity to find perspective. This can be a solitary act or a shared experience with anyone who is in the same state of being. 

    The aim of my project is to create a body of work that evokes a valued awareness of the natural world, as a place and environment, for personal and connected being. The work will, at the same time, hopefully, remind us of our responsibility to look after and respect our natural environment. 

    Nature, place, and being are all linked with our mental and physical health. Changing and altering our natural environment for the worse could be seen as self-harming, except it affects everyone. We all have become partially disconnected from what is important in life, my aim is to visually communicate these thoughts and encourage re-connection. Long term, I want to explore visual imagery as a way of connecting people with positive mental health and well-being. 

    Previous Career

    For the past twenty years, I have worked in the photographic trade gaining experience in retail, marketing, purchasing, and business management, my proactive approach has successfully led to increased profits and company expansion. My design and photographic background have complimented my business acumen resulting in a firm understanding of visual and strategic marketing. As a successful buyer, I have recognized profitable opportunities and developing long-lasting relationships. Being creative and inspiring allowed me to present alternative solutions in a competitive market.

    CV & Education

    Qualifications 

    • 2017 - (Current Studies) - MA Visual Communications at Bath Spa University
    • 2016 - Associate - Chartered Institute Of Marketing
    • 2012 - First Class Degree in Creative Arts (Photography) - OCA (New Bucks University)
    • 2012 - ARPS (Associate) - The Royal Photographic Society
    • 1994 - HND Graphic Design - Southampton Solent University

     

    Exhibitions & Festival Involvement

    2017

    • Photography On A Postcard - The Print Space, Shoreditch - 12th – 24th October 
    • Alternative Facts - PHOTO BATH Exhibition - 44AD Art Space, Bath - 12th – 24th September 
    • 44AD Studio Artists (celebrating 5 years) 44AD, Bath – 30th August 3rd September 
    • Identity - 44AD Art Space, Bath – 3rd – 13th August
    • Find Another Bath Exhibition - RUH, Bath - 30th March - 10th July
    • 48 hour notice - TRACK - 44AD Art Space, Bath - 9th February - 19th February 
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    2016

    •  Open Exhibition - Chapel Arts Centre, Bath - 2nd November 2016 - 2nd January 2017
    • Find Another Bath Exhibition - 44AD Art Space, Bath - 15th November - 20th November
    • PHOTO BATH Members Exhibition - 44AD Art Space, Bath - 7th November - 13th November
    • Curating For A Cure 2016 - Art Auction October 2016
    • Urban 2016 Photo Awards - Dom Literatury, Lódz,  Poland - August 2016
    • Urban 2016 Photo Awards - 400 Bar, Budapest, Hungary - August 2016
    • Bath open art prize exhibition 2016 - 44AD Art Space, Bath - 27th May - 12th June

     

    2015

    • PHOTO BATH Founders - Street Seen - 44AD Art Space, Bath - 18th August – 23rd August
    • Bath open art prize exhibition - 44AD Art Space, Bath - 1st June - 7th June  
    • Edition 1 printmaking exhibition - 44AD Art Space, Bath - 15th April - 26th April
    • The North exhibition - The World of Glass, St Helens - 30th March - 17th May   
    • Format 15 International photographic festival - Derby - March 2015

     

    2014

    • 24 Hours In Bristol photographic competition - September 2014
    • Eighth Wonder open exhibition at 44AD art space in Bath - August 2014
    • Pie magazine photographic competition - May 2014
    • Format 14 International photographic festival - Derby - March 2014
    • Photographic Association Of Dum Dum, Kolkata, India - January 2014 

     

    2013

    • Eighth Wonder open exhibition at 44AD art space in Bath - August 2013

     

    2012

    • A year in the life of..... at Bath Botanic Gardens - June - July 2012

     

    2011

    • New York City exhibition at the Boston Tea Party, Bath - July - August 2011

     

    2009

    • Western region exhibition - RPS exhibition tour - September - October 2009