Simon Faithfull’s new work REEF has been commissioned as part of Time and Place (TAP), a three-year, European-funded collaborative project involving five partners across England and France.


Focusing on specific urban, rural and coastal areas in Pas de Calais, Basse Normandie, Brighton & Hove and Norfolk, the partners are: Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art, UK; FRAC Basse Normandie, France; Musée des Beaux Arts, Calais; Communauté d’Agglomération du Calais and Fabrica, UK. TAP seeks to engage and explore the cultural and environmental heritage of these areas, with a broad audience including socially excluded individuals and groups.

The project has grown around two central themes: Aftermath, the heritage of war; art, conflict and death and Changing Landscape, which explores the environmental and social aspects of the landscape.


REEF is part of the Changing Landscape theme of the project. Previous exhibitions, Resonance by Susie MacMurray and Raumzeichnung (Reflection) by Monika Grzymala at Fabrica, Voices of the Sea at the Musée des Beaux Arts, No Horizon at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art, and Peindre L’Air by Spencer Finch at FRAC Basse Normandie all form part of this theme.




Simon Faithfull is a contemporary artist whose work has been exhibited extensively around the world. His practice has been described as an attempt to understand and explore the planet as a sculptural object – to test its limits and report back from its extremities. Within his work Faithfull often builds teams of scientists, technicians and transmission experts to help him bring back a personal vision from the ends of the world.


Recent exhibitions include solo shows at ArtConnexion, (Lille, France), the British Film Institute (London), Harris Museum (Preston), Galerie Polaris (Paris), Parker’s Box (New York) and Stills (Edinburgh). Recent group shows include exhibitions at Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (Australia), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin) and Bienal del Fin del Mundo (Argentina). In 2010 Faithfull’s largest permanent public artwork to date was unveiled at the centre of Liverpool, England.


Faithfull was born in Braziers Park – a utopian commune in Ipsden, Oxfordshire. He studied at Central St Martins and then Reading University. His practice takes a variety of forms – ranging from video, to digital drawing, installation work and writing. Faithfull is also a lecturer at Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London, an External Examiner at Manchester Metropolitan University.

CV – Solo and two-person shows


  • 2013 Wanderings, ICIA, Bath, UK

  • 2012 Simon Faithfull: An Expanding Atlas of Subjectivity, ArtConnexion, Lille

  • An Expanding Atlas of Subjectivity, Phoenix Art Centre, Leicester, England

  • 2011 Going Nowhere – Simon Faithfull, New York, Parker’s Box, USA

  • An Expanding Atlas of Subjectivity, National Museum (Project Space), Berlin

  • 2010 Voyages Extraordinaires – (Simon Faithfull/Christoph Keller), Altkirch, CRAC Alsace

  • Recent Findings – Simon Faithfull, Harris Museum, Preston

  • 2009 Gravity Sucks, British Film Institute Gallery, London

  • Simon Faithfull & Carla Guagliardi – Schwerlos, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany

  • 2008 Simon Faithfull – Selected Video Works, France, Galerie Polaris, Paris

  • 2006 Stills, Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Ice Blink, Cell, London

  • Ice Blink, Parker’s Box, New York

  • 2005 Antarctica Dispatches, CCA

  • 2004 Hard Drive – (Digital Studio)

  • Vanishing Point

  • 30Km – Film and Video Umbrella Commission, Aspex

  • 2003 Dreamland – Droit House, Margate, Turner Contemporary

  • 2002 Simon Faithfull & Bruno Peinado, New York, Parker’s Box, USA

  • Dogends, Transit Space

  • Psychotopography, Artsway

  • 2000 Moth Island – Lotts Island, Waterman’s Arts Centre

  • 1999 ‘Y’, Amsterdam, de Veemvloer

  • 1998 Hertford Union, Chisenhale Gallery



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