Simon Woolham

Simon Woolham's work is concerned primarily with occupied spaces and the narratives that unfold in them. His drawings of school playing fields, junked underpasses and the like often contain text with the tone of dialogue. Through these glimpses of speech the dilapidated environments come to life in a skint version of enchantment: a tree stump or a broken fence are filled with the meanings of the events that go on around and about them. In his attempts to unearth this unpredictable and fragile process of memory, he uses biro drawings, paper interventions, animation, video and text. Biography Simon Woolham is currently based in Macclesfield. He has exhibited widely, including solo exhibitions at the Lowry in Salford and Chapter Gallery in Cardiff, as well as numerous national and international group exhibitions. In 2008 he was included in the first Tatton Park Biennial and in 2006 he was Artist-in-Residence at the Baltic in Gateshead. He won the Mostyn Open 11 at Oriel Mostyn in 2001.

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Cling On's
Biro on Paper
30 x 42cm
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The Weeping Wall
Biro on Paper
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Bursting Point
Biro on Paper
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The Arrested
Biro on Paper
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The Runaround (Add it Up)
Biro on Paper
42 x 60cm
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The Craft
Biro on Paper
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Wave of Mutilation
Biro on Paper
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The Transmitter Room
Biro on Paper
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The Goal
Biro on Paper
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The Remains
Biro on Paper
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Saving my Cousin
Biro on Paper
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The Short Cut
Biro on Paper
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The Audatorium
Biro on Paper
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Sticks & Stones
Biro on Paper
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Fuck n' Run
Biro on Paper
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Simon Woolham // Artist Editions // Books
‘The bridge was a good place to throw stuff off – Drawings, Lithographs and Pop-Ups”
By Simon Woolham
Published by Marmalade – Publishers of Visual Theory
Lithograph Pop Up Book, 96 Pages
Limited Edition of 50
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‘Sticks and Stones – The Game’
By Darkcorner (AKA Simon Woolham)
Self-published Game Booklet
10 Pages
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Simon Woolham // Artist Editions // Artist Trading Cards
Installation Views
Installation in Soft Estates @ Bluecoat, Liverpool, 2013
Installation @ Chapter, Cardiff, 2008
Installation @ Floating IP, Manchester, 2004
Installation @ Hoxton Distillery, London, 2001
Performing Paper
9 mins
Wythy Talks
12 mins
1 min 30 seconds
The Hollows (excerpt)
25 secs
On the Run (excerpt)
28 secs
Hey Wayne!
37 secs

2012-2015     AHRC Funded PhD Candidate at MIRIAD - Manchester Metropolitan University
1999-2000     M.A. Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art, Grade: Distinction
1996-1999     B.A. Fine Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, Grade: 2:1 

Solo Shows:
2016            In Search of the Short Cuts, Art on Paper @ BOZAR (with PAPER)
2013            The Wanderer, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe
2008            The Short Cut Kings Lynn Art Centre, Norfolk
                    The Invader (curated by Elena Schmitz) Chapter Gallery, Cardiff
                    Dark Corner Margaret Harvey Gallery, St Albans
2007            The Bridge was a good place to throw stuff off Leicester Art Gallery, Offsite    
                    Shreds of Evidence (curated by Danielle Arnaud) Museum of Garden History, London
                    On The Run and The Passage Wexford Arts Centre, Enniscorthy, Per Cent Commission
                    Our Place BLOC Space, Sheffield
2006            Pop Up’s and Interventions The National Glass Centre, Sunderland
                    ARTS COUNCIL North East Offices Show and Commission
                    BALTIC centre for contemporary art Launch of Publication, Newcastle Upon Tyne
                    Jerusalem Book Space Installation Dean Clough Gallery, Halifax
2004            Hanging Out at the Lamppost The Lowry Residency, Commission and Solo Show
                    Floating IP Gallery Plan-chest Show, Manchester
2001            Hoxton Distillery (above the Macbeth) Shoreditch, London

Selected Group Shows:
2016            Sound and Vision (curated by Simon Woolham) PAPER, Manchester
2015            We shape our buildings: therefore they shape us London Art Fair
2014            Unstable Ground (curated by Simon Woolham) PAPER, Manchester
                    Jonbar Archaeology NN Contemporary Art, Northampton
                    Soft Estate Spacex, Exeter                   
2013            Soft Estate (curated by Sara-Jane Parsons) The Bluecoat, Liverpool
                    Performing PAPER PAPER, Manchester
                    Fine Art Schools Group Show Kunst Acacedmie, Dresden, Germany
2012            Meanwhile (curated by Eloise Rose) John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton
                    Digital Romantics (curated by David Hancock) Dean Clough Gallery, Halifax
2011            Ink on Paper DLI Museum, Durham
                    In Close Succession Group show, Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
                    Virtually Real London, Leeds and Cardiff
2010            Partnering Wysing Arts Centre, with Abbas Hashemi and as M4SK 22
                    Virtually Real London, Leeds and Cardiff
                    The Great Outdoors Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
                    Performing Presence The National Centre for Contemporary Art, St Petersburg
                    Animated Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales
                    Eastern Open 10 Kings Lynn Arts Centre, Norfolk
2009            Open End Tank TV (online), London
                    Parlourdoor And All Through the House, Group Show, New York
                    The Event Various Venues in Birmingham
                    Project Pigeon - Pictorial (curated by Alex Lockett and Ian England) Birmingham
                    In between the Lines - Recent British Drawing (curated by Jeremy Cooper) Trinity
                    Le Roman Du Lievre: Marginalia MTS Gallery, Anchorage                    
                    Blue Sky (curated by Nancy J Clemance) Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge
                    Celebration of Earth Day The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California
                    The Kiss of A Lifetime (curated by Mike Chavez-Dawson) Rogue Project Space
                    Place, Identity and Memory Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries
                    Eastern Open 09 Kings Lynn Arts Centre, Norfolk
                    TESTCARD (curated by Projeckt) Online Project, London
                    ANIMATED Wysing Arts Centre, Bourn, Nr Cambridge
2008            AQUA Art Fair with Danielle Arnaud, Miami, USA
                    LE60 Lumen Eclipse, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
                    Time is Love (curated by Kisito Assangni) Octobre Gallery, Paris
                    Inside-Out (curated by Lotte Juul Petersen) Wysing Arts Centre, Bourn, Nr Cambridge
                    The Golden Record (curated by Mel Brimfield) Collective Gallery, Edinburgh
                    Stop Watch RSA Arts and Ecology/Animate Projects Commission, Various
                    Visions of the Nunnery The Nunnery, London
                    Tatton Park Biennial 2008 (curated by Parabola) Tatton Park, Knutsford, Nr Manchester
                    Margate Rocks Margate, Kent
                    Eastern Open 08 Kings Lynn Arts Centre, Norfolk (prize winner)
2007            ISOBAR (curated by Gaia Persico) Fieldgate Gallery, London
                    Bolwick 4 Bolwick Hall, Nr Norwich
                    Creekside Open APT Gallery, London
                    Harry Smith Anthology Alt.Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne                
                    Merdre! Pendu Gallery, New York, USA
                    Art Video Västerås, Sweden
                    Snow Domes The National Glass Centre, Sunderland
2006            Too Much Freedom! Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA
                    One Love, The Footbal Art Prize The Lowry, Manchester
                    EXPO Sonic Arts Cornerhouse and Victoria Baths, Manchester
                    Visions of the Nunnery The Nunnery, London
                    Paper Cuts Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery and Various Venues
                    Another Product Cornerhouse, Manchester
                    Jerusalem Dean Clough Gallery, Halifax
                    London Art Fair Work curated by Danielle Arnaud and Pryle Behrman
2005            Artsway Open Artsway, Sway, The New Forest  
                    Emergency 2 Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
                    Perspectives 2005 Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast
                    Future Landscape Shrewsbury Art Gallery, Shrewsbury
2004            Le Petit Paysage Independent, Liverpool Biennial 04
                    Bad Kids' Warrington City Art Gallery, Collins Gallery, Margaret Harvey Gallery
                    I am a Curator (curated by Per Huttner) Chisenhale Gallery, London        
2003            Keith Talent Gallery Drawing Show, London
                    Prospects Drawing Prize 2003 The Truman Brewery, London
2002            May it Return in Spades Bart Wells Institute, London
                    Blinc G39 Gallery, Cardiff
2001            Sparwasser HQ (Z-Bar Cinema), Berlin, Germany
                    If the wind changes you'll stay like that Mafuji Gallery, London
2000            Mostyn Open 11 Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno (prize winner)
                    Perspectives 2000 Ormeah Baths Gallery, Belfast
                    Dilated Pupils V.T.O. Gallery, Bethnal Green, London
                    Becks Futures Student Prize ICA, London
                    Uptight Outasight Plus Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany
                    Exit 24hrs Chisenhale Gallery, London 

Publications and Reviews:
2014            Unstable Ground Guardian Exhibition Previewed by Robert Clarke
                    Drawing Paper Distributed Newspaper Gallery, Liverpool
2012            Pop Up’s and Drawings Publication published by Marmalade–Publishers of Visual Theory
2010            Rubric Journal Spring Edition, Document
2009            Between the lines Recent British Drawings Publication Curated by Jeremy Cooper
2008            The Invader Guardian Exhibition Previewed by Jessica Lack
                    The Invader Metro Newspaper Exhibition Previewed by David Trigg
                    The Golden Record reviewed in The Times, The Herald, The Scotsman and Metro
                    Tatton Park Biennial 2008 Catalogue Published by Parabola, essay by Sally O’Reilly
                    Three Artists Views Engage Publication 22
2007            Shreds of Evidence Guardian Exhibition Previewed by Jessica Lack
                    ISOBAR Publication by Gaia Persico and Angela Kingston
                    Shreds of Evidence Publication Published by Parabola with an essay by Lisa Le Feuvre
2006            Our Place BALTIC/Creative Partnerships Residency Publication
                    The Lowry Work acquired for the Professional Footballers Association Collection
2004            Hanging Out at the Lamppost Metro Newspaper Exhibition Preview
                    I am a Curator Publication by Per Huttner
                    Bunk Publication Commission for Bunk
2002            Mined Publication Commission for Tank Magazine 

Awards and Commissions:
2012            Arts Council England Funding for Publication of Drawings, Lithographs and Pop Ups
                    Brotherton Library 75th Anniversary Commission of new Pop Up's
2009            Arts Council England Funding for Artistic Development and Research
2008            Enquire Commission Urban Origami for Kettles Yard, Ruskin Gallery and Wysing
                    Tatton Park Biennial 08 Commission, Knutsford, Nr Manchester
                    Stop.Watch Animate Projects/RSA Arts and Ecology Commission for Ecologically Film
2007            Arts Council England Funding for ‘Shreds of Evidence’ Museum of Garden History
2006            50 Drawings in Snowdomes National Glass Centre Commission, Sunderland
                    Arts Council North East Offices Commission and Show
                    Per Cent for Art Commission and Residency Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland
2004            The Lowry Commission and solo show
2003            Bookworks Short listed for Chap Books Series
2002            Middlesborough Art Gallery Short listed for Drawing Residency
                    London Arts Board Artists Bursary Awarded
2001            Mostyn Open 11 First prize award winner
2000            ACAVA First Base prize winner (one year’s free studio) 

Residencies and Education:
2015            The Manchester College Contemporary Art Practice Course, Artist in Residence  
2014            Staffordshire University Foundation Course, Lecture and Tutorials
                    The Manchester College Degree Course, Lecture and Tutorials
2013            Lancaster University Degree Course, Lecture and Tutorials
2011            Fermynwoods Flow Interchange Residency 14 days Residency on a Narrow Boat
                    Fermynwoods 'Forest as Film' Public Residency Thrapston, Northamptonshire                      
                    Museum as Film Workshops at V&A
2010            Artist in Residence Bedford Creative Arts, Bedford
                    Imagine a Film Storyboard Workshop at Wysing Arts Centre
                    Wysing Arts Centre Escalator retreat
2009            Vital Arts Shrink Your World Project
                    Chisenhale Gallery and Vital Arts Residency, collaboration with Yara El-Sherbini
                    Creative Partnerships Artist in Residence in collaboration with Science and Art         
                    Lancaster University Degree Corse, Lecture and Tutorials
                    Media Box Project Leader on Digital Project with Disadvantaged Children, WAC
2008            Various Schools in Cheshire Part of Tatton Park Biennial 08, Tatton Park
                    West Suffolk College Lecture and Tutorials, Bury St Edmunds
2007            Bolwick 4 Bolwick Hall Residency and Show, Nr Norwich
2006            The National Glass Centre Artist in Residence, Sunderland
                    Berwick Gymnasium Short listed for Berwick Residency
                    BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art Freelance Artist
                    BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art/Creative Partnership Artist in Residence
2005            V&A Museum Digital Artist in Schools Residency
                    ACAVA Dianne Hughes Residency in Schools
                    Lancaster University Lecture and Tutorials
                    V&A Museum Digital Art Workshop Leader
2004            Lowry Art Gallery Drawing Residency with St Thomas Aquinas School
                    Warrington Art Gallery Residency at Young Offenders Institute, Warrington
2003            V&A Museum Digital Art Workshop Leader
                    CITAS Narrative/Image Workshops with refugees, Hammersmith
                    Kings Cross Workshops in Schools for production of Carmen
                    Manchester Metropolitan Lecture and Tutorials on B.A Fine Art
2002            ACAVA Selected for portfolio development and artists talks in schools
                    ACAVA Drawing and Storytelling Workshop with refugees
2001            Hurlingham and Chelsea School Children with Dyslexia
2001            Newcastle University Lecture and Tutorials on B.A and M.A. Fine Art  

Conference Presentations:
2014             Thinking John Berger Conference Presentation at Cardiff University, Wales
                     Mapping Culture Conference Presentation at Coimbra University, Portugal

Public Collections:
Potteries Museum and Art Gallery
MMU Special Collections, Manchester
NN Contemporary Art, Northampton
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire
Texas State University, USA
Professional Footballers Association Collection
The Mag Collection
Fermynwoods, Northamptonshire
Poppy Sebire