Approved: 30.09.2012

Simon Taylor

Artist, Curator, Film-maker, Maker

Approved: 30.09.2012

My current work explores our relationship with our environment and how it can impact both our mental and physical wellbeing. Modern life is full of distractions, which can remove us from being in the present. Longterm, this can have a significant effect on our physical and mental health. It is easy for us all to become enclosed in micro-worlds, narrowing our awareness of 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. 

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    Artist Statement

    My current work explores our relationship with our environment and how it can impact both our mental and physical wellbeing. Modern life is full of distractions, which can remove us from being in the present. Longterm, this can have a significant effect on our physical and mental health. It is easy for us all to become enclosed in micro-worlds, narrowing our awareness of 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 exploration aims 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. I aim to explore and visually communicate these thoughts and encourage a re-connection.

     

    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 recognised profitable opportunities and developing long-lasting relationships. Being creative and inspiring allowed me to present alternative solutions in a competitive market.

    CV & Education

    Qualifications 

    • 2019 - 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

    2019

    • 12th Annual Pound Arts Open, Pound Arts, Corsham. 29 November - 23 December 2019
    • A Gathering of Unasked Possibility, Centrespace, Bristol. 14 - 20 November 2019
    • RWA 167th Annual Open Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol. 29 September - 1 December 2019
    • Bath School of Art and Design, MA Degree Show, Sion Hill Campus, Bath. 20 - 25 September 2019
    • Bath Society of Artists, Annual Open Exhibition, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath. 18 May - 29 June 2019
    • Forest of Imagination Exhibition, Holburne Museum, Bath. 21 - 24 June 2019
    • Fringe Arts Bath Open Exhibition, 44AD ArtSpace, Bath. 24 May - 9 June 2019

    2018

    • Bath Photography Festival, Founder and Curator, Bath - 25 May - 10 June 2018

    2017

    • Photography On A Postcard, The Print Space, Shoreditch. 12 - 24 October 2017
    • PhotoBath Exhibition Alternative Facts, 44AD ArtSpace, Bath. 12 - 24 September 2017
    • 44AD Studio Artists - 5th Anniversary, 44AD ArtSpace, Bath. 30 August - 3 September 2017
    • Identity, 44AD ArtSpace, Bath. 3 - 13 August 2017
    • Find Another Bath Exhibition, Royal United Hospital, Bath. 30 March - 10 July 2017
    • TRACKS, 44AD ArtSpace, Bath. 9 - 19 February 2017

    2016

    • 4th Open Exhibition, Chapel Arts Centre, Bath. 2 November 2016 - 2 January 2017
    • Find Another Bath Exhibition, 44AD ArtSpace, Bath. 15 - 20 November 2016
    • PhotoBath Members Exhibition, 44AD ArtSpace, Bath. 7 - 13 November 2016
    • Curating For A Cure, Art Auction. October 2016
    • Urban 2016 Photo Awards, Dom Literatury, Lódz, Poland. September 2016
    • Urban 2016 Photo Awards, 400 Bar, Budapest, Hungary. August 2016
    • Bath Open Art Prize Exhibition 2016, 44AD ArtSpace, Bath. 27 May - 12 June 2016

    2015

    • PhotoBath Founders Exhibition - Street Seen, 44AD ArtSpace, Bath. 18 - 23 August 2015
    • Bath Open Art Prize Exhibition, 44AD ArtSpace, Bath. 1 - 7 June 2015
    • Edition #1 Printmaking Exhibition, 44AD ArtSpace, Bath. 15 - 26 April 2015
    • The North Exhibition, The World of Glass, St Helens. 30 March - 17 May 2015
    • Format 15 International Photographic Festival, Derby - Award Selector - Matt Hardy. March 2015

    2014

    • 24 Hours in Bristol Photographic Competition, Bristol - Judge. September 2014
    • Eighth Wonder Open Exhibition, 44AD ArtSpace in Bath. August 2014
    • Pie Magazine Photographic Competition, Bristol - Judge. May 2014
    • Format 14 International Photographic Festival, Derby - Award Selector - Yan Preston. March 2014
    • Photographic Association Of Dum Dum, Kolkata, India. January 2014 

    2013

    • Eighth Wonder Open Exhibition, 44AD ArtSpace, Bath.  August 2013

    2012

    • A Year in the Life of the Bath Botanic Gardens, Bath. June - July 2012

    2011

    • New York City Documentary Photography Solo Exhibition, Boston Tea Party, Bath. July - August 2011

    2009

    • Royal Photographic Society Western Exhibition, Bath Library. September - October 2009