Simon Bray is a Manchester based artist, who develops projects exploring place, through photography, text and sound, investigating our connection to place and its influence on our personal identity.
Simon spent 2018 working with photographer Martin Parr, producing a new commission for Manchester Art Gallery, which is being currently being exhibited, running until April 2019.
His documentary project 'Loved&Lost' invites participants to explore their experience of loss through the re-staging of family photographs and audio interview. It has been featured on BBC Breakfast TV, BBC News, BBC Local Radio, The Guardian and Positive News.
In 2017, Simon was one of 6 artists invited to undertake a fellowship with Manchester International Festival, working alongside Hong Kong based artist Samson Young.
Simon collaborated with artist Tom Musgrove on landscapes project 'The Edges Of These Isles', supported by a 120-page self-published book sponsored by G.F SMITH and documentary film. It was featured by Outdoor Photography Magazine, Another Place Press, Oh Comely and YHA Magazine.
He has undertaken editorial commissions for publications such as The Telegraph Magazine, Pasture, Lodestars Anthology and Rakesprogress. He was also invited to make new work for the publication ‘This Is The Place : Choose Love’, by Tony Walsh & Friends, a book commemorating those lost after the Manchester bombing.
He also works with Shillington College, working with students to photograph and produce their design portfolios.
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Forthcoming Exhibitions & Events
Flow Photo - National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port, Liverpool March - May 2019
Flow Photo - Gloucester Waterways Museum June - July 2019
Poetry&Photography with Perins School - Winchester Discovery Centre - October 2019
Loved&Lost - Sheffield Museum - December 2019 - March 2020
Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong - 'One of Two Stories, or Both' with Samson Young - TBC
Past Exhibitions & Talks
Loved&Lost - Manchester Cathedral - March - April 2019
Manchester Art Gallery - Talk - Producing Martin Parr’s ‘Return to Manchester’ - March 2019
Portrait Salon - Peckham Levels - November 2018
Duality - The Sharp Project, Manchester - May - October 2018
Loved&Lost - Oriel Colwyn - July 2018
Signs of Spring - Photoeast, Suffolk - May 2018
Festival of Voice - Cardiff - June 2018
Changing Lives: 200 Years of People and Protest in Sheffield - Museum Sheffield - Feb - June 2018
Free For Arts Festival - Plant NOMA - 'Entity' Film & Stills March 2018
Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal - Kendal Mountain Festival - 'The Edges Of These Isles' - November 2017 - January 2018
Kendal Mountain Festival - The Edges Of These Isles' with Tom Musgrove - 17th November 2017
Manchester International Festival, Centre For Chinese Contemporary Art - 'One of Two Stories, or Both' with Samson Young - July-October 2017
Hull City of Culture 2017 - Hull International Photography Festival - 'Duality' with Strand Collective - October 2017
Longitude Gallery, Clitheroe - 'The Edges Of These Isles' - June 2017
Independent Photo Festival Prize - House of Vans, London - May 2017
The Southbank Centre, London - 'Loved&Lost' - March 2017
Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool - 'The Edges Of These Isles' - November 2016
No Walls Gallery, Brighton Photo Fringe - 'Duality' - October 2016
The Whitworth, Manchester - 'The Edges Of These Isles' - September 2016
Signs of Spring - 2018
30th December - 2017
The English Lake District - 2017
This Is The Place - Choose Love, Manchester - 2017
The Limited Findings of a Westerner's Short Stay in Rajasthan - Co-Published with Let's Explore - 2017
The Edges of These Isles - 2016
Second Skin - Strand Collective - 2016
Italy - 2014
Grants & Awards
Manchester International Festival - Jerwood Fellowship 2017
Arts Council - Grants for the Arts - The Edges Of These Isles - 2016
Arts Council - Grants for the Arts - Second Skin with Strand Collective - 2016
Magnum/IdeasTap - Professional Practice Bursary - 2012
The Guardian - Feature in 'Family' Section
BBC Stories - Mini Documentary
The Limited Findings of a Westerner's Short Stay in Rajasthan
The Edges of These Isles
Outdoor Photography Magazine - Book of the Month
Outdoor Photography Magazine - In The Spotlight - 2 page feature
Signs of Spring