Approved: 07.03.2007

Simon Warner

Artist, Curator, Film-maker, Researcher

Approved: 07.03.2007

I am interested in landscape history, environmental change and early photography. I have produced  a number of photographic exhibitions and films looking at rivers and coastlines, and I worked with the late Professor Jay Appleton on a show exploring his Prospect-Refuge theory of landscape aesthetics.

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    Artist Statement

    I am interested in landscape history, environmental change and early photography. I have produced  a number of photographic exhibitions and films looking at rivers and coastlines, and I worked with the late Professor Jay Appleton on a show exploring his Prospect-Refuge theory of landscape aesthetics.

    A NESTA Fellowship enabled me to develop a parallel strand of work in performative lecturing, and I have delivered talks, walks and events on landscape history, early photography and 19th century visual culture.

    I run educational workshops on basic photography, video-making and silhouette drawing. My silhouette portrait workshop has run at the Latitude Festival, Tate Modern, V&A, Harewood House and Burlington Arcade (for London Fashion Week). I have co-curated exhibitions at South Square Gallery and the Brontë Parsonage Museum, as well as a Symposium on landscape and literature in Haworth.

    I am a co-founder of Whitestone Arts, a research base and producing company based in the Pennine countryside.







    CV & Education

    Solo exhibitions and major projects

    2016 - North & South  Harewood House (part of 'Great Capabilities' season)

    2016 - All in View, Very Neat  Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate (part of 'Noble Prospects')

    2014-15 - Image, Instinct and Imagination - Landscape as Sign Language  Royal Geographical Society, London; Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax; Edinburgh College of Art; Bath Central Library

    2012 - Ways to the stone house  Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth

    2010 - Seven Streams  'The Arts of Place', Bradford

    2009 - Walking Out  Huddersfield Art Gallery

    2006 - A Guide to Yorkshire Rivers  Impressions Gallery, Bradford

    2005 - Leaving Home  Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth

    2004 - High Tide  The Deep, Hull; Beverley Art Gallery, East Yorkshire (and tour)

    2003 - Follow a Shadow  Impressions Gallery, York

    1998 - Airedale - A Changing Landscape  Cliffe Castle Museum & Art Gallery , Keighley (and tour)

    Group exhibitions

    2016 - Lenses on a Landscape Genius  The Building Centre, London

    2015 - Watershed – Art, play and the politics of water  Hall Place Museum, Bexley (curated by Artwise)

    2014 - Art in Yorkshire - From Turner to Hockney  Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

    2014 - The Walking Encyclopedia  Airspace Gallery, Stoke on Trent

    2013 - Inspired by Landscape  Bradford Gallery 1

    2013 - Wildness between Lines  Leeds College of Art 

    2012 - Confluence  Appledore Arts Festival, Devon

    2010 - 21  Harewood House, Leeds

    2009 - A Room of Words  South Square Gallery, Thornton

    2009 - Town & Country  Project Space Leeds

    2008 - Flesh  Yorkshire Craft Centre, Bradford

    2008 - The Bradford Grid  Yorkshire Craft Centre, Bradford

    2008 - Through the Lens  Keighley Arts Factory, Keighley

    2007 - RGB  South Square Gallery, Thornton

    2006 - Alchemy  Harewood House, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London; Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal; Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham (Arts Council England tour)

    2006 - The Bradford Grid  South Square Gallery, Thornton

    2003 - One Landscape, Many Views  Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford

    Film screenings

    2014 - Bradford Shorts, Bradford Festival 2014

    2013 - Crimson Coast Dance Society, Nanaimo, Vancouver
    A Guide to Yorkshire Rivers as video design for dance work What the Water Whispers

    2012 - Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires
    River Gauge shown as part of 'Transient Control' curated by Sheffield Fringe

    2012 - Sheffield Fringe
    River Gauge shown in the strand 'Chemistry of Incidence'

    2011 - Holmfirth Arts Festival, Owd Towser Artists' film programme, Holmfirth

    2008 - Saltaire Arts Festival, Art Parade, Saltaire

    2007 - In Flux, Bradford Big Screen (curated by Fabric)

    2007 - Haworth Arts Festival, St Michael's Church, Haworth

    2006 - 37 Seconds (screening programme), Big Screen, Liverpool

    2006 - Evolution (film festival), Lumen / City Art Gallery, Leeds

    2006 - Saison Vidéo (festival), Espace Croisé art centre, Roubaix, France

    2005 - Testbed 3 (Film Night), Leeds Met Gallery, Leeds

    2003 - Shot by the Sea, Digital Arts Festival, Hastings


    2016 - Infinite Landscapes  Harewood House - walk as Victorian photographer Roger Fenton (with photo-historian Brian Liddy)

    2016 - Walking with Mr Brown  Harewood House - walks as Lancelot 'Capability' Brown

    2015 - 50 Steps – Walking and Dancing the Pennine Way - landscape video captured on a group walk with 3 dancers and a musician, live-edited on VJ programme to accompany same-day performances at 6 venues up and down the Pennine Way including Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax (funded by Arts Council England)

    2012/13 - The History & Antiquities of Harewood in Yorkshire  Harewood House - historical walks

    2010 - Isolating V5 - Towards a Human Zoetrope  Sheffield Institute of Arts (Hybrid); University of Westminster/Magic Lantern Society, London - talk and demonstration

    2010 - JC Lavater's Silhouette Drawing Academy  V&A, London (Friday Late: Renaissance Masked Ball) - workshop and demonstration

    2010 - Seven Streams  The Arts of Place, Bradford City Hall - talk with actor and musician

    2009 - A Theory of Colours  Light Night, Leeds - talk as JW Goethe

    2009 - Lavater – The Shadow of History  Milton Theatre, Huddersfield; University of Westminster/Magic Lantern Society, London - solo performance

    2009 - Panorama of Rome  'Hatch', Bradford Playhouse - talk with audience participation

    2009 - The Diorama: weaving time and space, at conference 'Instruction, Amusement & Spectacle', University of Exeter; University of Westminster/Magic Lantern Society, London; Leeds Art Gallery/Light Night - talk as LJM Daguerre

    2009 - Transported  Project Space Leeds/Harewood House - Mystery Tour on No.36 bus with actors, professional guide and camera obscura

    2008 - An Adventure in Space and Time  Impressions Gallery, Bradford - talk with dancer

    2008 - Lavater  – The Shadow of History  Ferens Art Gallery, Hull (Humber Mouth Festival)

    2008 - Performing Magic in the Dark: Photographers in Fiction since 1850  Project Space Leeds - talk with actor

    2007 - Farbenlehre  South Square Gallery, Thornton - talk as JW Goethe

    2007 - Lavater - The Shadow of History  Holy Trinity Church, Leeds (part of Light Night)

    2004 - Phantasmagoria!  York St Mary's - magic lantern shows

    2000 - 'I have forced the sun to paint pictures for me'  University of Sheffield - theatre event with writer, dancer, live photo-chemical demonstration and students

    Curated projects

    2015 - High Line  South Square Gallery, Thornton, Bradford – co-curator with Yvonne Carmichael/Nancy Stedman of group show to mark 50 years of the Pennine Way

    2012 - Unbounded Moor  Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth - curator of symposium on landscape and literature, with poet Simon Armitage, artists Carry Akroyd and Rebecca Chesney, academics Simon Dentith, Stephen Carver and David Atkinson, geologist William Varley, historian Steven Wood and performance company Whitestone Arts

    2012 - Ways to the stone house  Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth - curated display of photographs and artworks of Top Withins farmhouse, including Bill Brandt, Fay Godwin and Sylvia Plath

    Artist talks and conference papers

    2016 - Landscape as sign language at conference Language, Landscape and the Sublime, Dartington Hall, Devon (

    2013 - Ways to the stone house – Haworth Moor and Brontë mythology at conference Visualizing the Rural, University of Cumbria

    2013 - A Grand Weekend, Leeds Corn Exchange

    2011 - Landscapes on a Plate, Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds

    2011 - Owd Towser Artists' Film Programme, Holmfirth Arts Festival, Holmfirth

    2007 - Water works, Lovebytes Festival, Sheffield

    2006 - A Guide to Yorkshire Rivers, Impressions Gallery, Bradford

    2003 - Follow a Shadow, Impressions Gallery, York


    2015 - The Time Traveller's Ironbridge Quest – silhouette portraiture at Ironbridge Gorge Museums (with The House of Fairy Tales)

    2015 - Shadow Screen  drop-in workshop, Light Up Lancaster

    2014 - Winterville, Victoria Park, Hackney – silhouette portraiture (with The House of Fairy Tales)

    2014 - Shadow Screen drop-in workshop, Leeds Corn Exchange (Light Night)

    2013 - A Grand Weekend, Leeds Corn Exchange (silhouette and lantern-slide painting workshops)

    2010 - JC Lavater's Silhouette Drawing Academy V&A (Friday Late: 'Shadow Catchers'), London

    2010 - Magic Lantern family workshop, Florence Nightingale Museum, London creating lantern slides with glass paints and viewing them through a Victorian projector

    2009 - JC Lavater's Silhouette Drawing Academy, Tate Modern Long Weekend, London

    2008 - JC Lavater's Silhouette Drawing Academy, Latitude Festival, Suffolk (with Last Tuesday Society)

    2008 - Linfoot Harewood Summer School, Harewood House, Leeds

    2008 - Pontefract Liquorice Festival, Pontefract (Faceless Company)

    2008 - Silhouette portraiture, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool

    2006 - Linfoot Harewood Summer School, Harewood House, Leeds

    2006 - Photography without cameras, National Media Museum, Bradford

    2004 - Art Illuminating York St Mary's, St Mary's Church, York - photo-silhouette portraits


    2011-12 Watershed Landscape Project, Pennine Prospects

    2010  Magic in the Dark, Florence Nightingale Museum, London - Victorian photography project with 2 schools in Hampshire and Derbyshire, documenting the sites of Florence Nightingale’s family homes

    2009 - Transported (Artist in Residence on 36 Bus), PSL / Harewood House, Leeds

    2007 - The Collecting Place  Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth

    2004 - Shadow/Self  South Square Centre, Thornton

    2003 - Intrigue  Castle Museum / Impressions Gallery, York

    Competitions and awards

    2011 - Northern Art Prize, nomination (longlist)

    2006-8 - NESTA Research Fellowship

    Educational - primary

    2014 - Film Literacy Programme, Bradford City of Film

    2013 - Stone Heritage Project, South Square Centre, Thornton, Bradford

    2011 - Confluence, Great Torrington Junior School / Appledore Community Primary School, Devon

    2007 - Each Child has their own Story, Creative Partnerships, East Shipley cluster, Bradford

    2003 - Pinhole Heritage, National Trust (East Riddlesden Hall) / Brontë Parsonage Museum, Keighley/Haworth

    2002 - SPARK, West Yorkshire Playhouse / Primary Schools, Leeds

    Educational - secondary

    2012 - In Boswell's Footsteps, Hall Place Museum/Townley Grammar School (Bexley Heritage Trust)

    2009 - Image Lab (Creative Partnerships), Shelley College, Kirklees

    2009 - Reducing our carbon footprint (Creative Partnerships), Colne Primet High School, Colne

    2007 - HOW Design ENgages, Beam / Howden School, East Yorkshire

    2005 - Art Exchanges, Salt Grammar School, Saltaire

    Educational - tertiary

    2014 - University of Leeds, Dept of Design, Visiting Artist (workshop + performed talk)

    2009 - University of Salford, Dance & Photography workshops