Simon Woolham

    Simon Woolham is based in Macclesfield, Cheshire and studied at Manchester Metropolitan University (BA, PhD) and Chelsea College of Art (MA). He has exhibited widely, including solo shows at the Lowry in Salford and Chapter Gallery in Cardiff, and in numerous national and international group exhibitions. In 2008 he was included in the first Tatton Park Biennial and in 2006 was artist-in-residence at the Baltic in Gateshead. He won the Mostyn Open 11 at Oriel Mostyn in 2001 and is the curator and artistic programmer of the artist-led gallery, PAPER, based in Manchester.

    Statement
    My work is primarily concerned with occupied spaces and the narratives that unfold within them: school playing fields, underpasses, ditches, unofficial dumps and other suburban sites near Wythenshawe, south Manchester, where I spent my childhood. Through these glimpses of dilapidated environments I attempt to unearth the unpredictable and fragile process of memory and to recover the meanings of events that took place around them. Although the works are unassuming, made from simple materials and with seemingly modest aspirations, it is their quotidian qualities that charge them with emotion and make them unsettling. These sites are the scenes of humiliation as well as innocent play, of rejection and failure as well as of fantasy and adventure.

    ‘Simon Woolham’s streams of consciousness make for very engaging artworks. He doodles his memoires and fantasies on paper, often adding little tidbits of information to guide the viewer through the caverns of his mind: places where he camped as a child, bleak underpasses and school playing fields – the unassuming backdrops against which the drama of his life has been played out.’ Jessica Lack, the Guardian.

    Links
    www.insearchoftheshortcuts.com
    www.darkcorner.co.uk
    www.paper-gallery.co.uk

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    The Ranges, 2010, biro on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm

    The Ranges, 2010, biro on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm

    Floaters, 2009, biro on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm

    Floaters, 2009, biro on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm

    Cliff Hanger (The Forge), 2009, biro on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm

    Cliff Hanger (The Forge), 2009, biro on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm

    At the Borders, 2009, biro on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm

    At the Borders, 2009, biro on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm

    Granddad, 2013, biro on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm

    Granddad, 2013, biro on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm

    Parting, 2011, biro on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm

    Parting, 2011, biro on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm

    Open Vision, 2012, biro on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm

    Open Vision, 2012, biro on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm

    Under Way, 2012, biro on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm

    Under Way, 2012, biro on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm

     

    The Warren, 2008, biro on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm

    The Warren, 2008, biro on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm

     

    The Vortex, 2008, biro on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm

    The Vortex, 2008, biro on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm

     

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