Image: Simon Withers, Hostage, Mixed Media (2015)
Simon Withers is a visual artist, performer and writer; he lives and works in Nottingham.
For over thirteen years Simon ran Oldknows Studio group and coordinated over 30 studio events. Whilst running the studios, Simon became increasingly aware about the lack of long-term security of artists’ studios in the City. Acting upon this Simon allied with fellow artists and became an advocate for addressing the issues surrounding studio provision. In 1994 Simon became part of a core group of artists who subsequently became Nottingham Studios. Primary opened its doors to artists in 2011. In 2012 Simon took the decision to leave the Nottingham studios board.
Simon has participated in over 140 exhibitions and is one half of the Nu-Urban Gardeners. The NUGS have partaken at events organised by Home Live Art, The City of London Festival, The National Theatre, The National Trust and Nottingham Contemporary.
Since 2009 the artist has been working at ‘Nottingham Contemporary’, from 2009 until 2013 Simon worked as the galleries ‘Inspirational Zebra’. In this roll Simon adopted the persona of Mr Zebra and performed across the City helping to promote the gallery. Secondly and prior to the opening in November 2009 Simon became a galley assistant.
Selected Residencies, Works and Exhibitions:
2014 Ghost. Café table-top commissions, Nottingham Castle & Art gallery
2012/13 The Rashleigh Jackson Collection. Nottingham Contemporary (Small Collections Room)
2010 Northern Stars. A Foundation, Liverpool. Selected by Rebecca Wilson, Associate Director, Saatchi Gallery
2009 Art of Ideas. Curated by Stephen Snoddy. Baskerville House, Birmingham
2008 Meta Hang. Nottingham Castle & Art Gallery
2007/08 Pricked: Extreme Embroidery. Museum of Art & Design, New York.
2007 Out of Place. Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham. Curated by Mary Doyle. Group show
2007 Terra Incognita. Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham. Curated by Indra Khanna. Group show
2005 (dis)Comfort. Angel Row Gallery. Group Show
2001 AV Modern Brittisk Knonst. Foreningen, Norden, Gothenburg. Sweden
2001 Museum of the South West. Midland, Texas. USA
2001 Multi- Folds 1991-2001. Solo show of paintings. Wrexham Arts Centre
2000 Beach hut residency exhibition. Year of the Artist. Sutton on Sea, Lincolnshire
2000 Box project. Museum of Installation, Museum of Installation/Angel Row Gallery
1998 Mostyn 10 Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales