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I am a Somerset House Studios Resident Artist and Course Director of BA (Hons) Photography at LSBU. Following an MA in Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts Melbourne, I lectured in Critical and Theoretical Studies (2005-08) and the Centre for Ideas (2003-08) at the VCA. My work has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally, including Centre for Contemporary Photography Melbourne, Royal Academy of Arts, National Portrait Gallery, and Royal Institute of British Architects London, Samstag Museum Adelaide, QUT Museum Brisbane, Vitra Design Museum Germany, Ian Potter Museum, National Gallery of Victoria Melbourne amongst others.
I am an Australian artist based in London. I work with photography, sculpture, installation, performance and video. Previous works have investigated relations between architectural spaces and their received narratives, public and private identities, and the figure of the crowd as a tool to examine architecture, identity, community and a performance of self. My Crowd Theory project involves large-scale stage-managed public events resulting in exhibitions at the sites of their creation along with collaborations with museums and public galleries to extend these images and stories outwards.
In 2008 I was awarded the Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship. Since moving to London I have been commissioned by Acme Studios, National Trust Ernő Goldfinger Museum (2 Willow Road) amongst others, along with grants from Australia Council for the Arts (2002, 2009, 2018) and Arts Council England (2010, 2016, 2020). My work is held in permanent collections including National Gallery of Australia, Samstag Museum of Art, State Library of Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria, Monash Gallery of Art, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, La Trobe University. Most recent works have been at the Centre for Contemporary Photography ‘Crowd Theory: Simon Terrill’; Sutton Gallery ‘Like Fire Walk with Me’, National Portrait Gallery London ‘Crowd Theory: South of the River’; Parallel (of Life and) Architecture, University of Bath and The Brutalist Playground, a collaboration with Assemble, commissioned by RIBA and touring internationally. I am currently working on a new research platform titled 'Crowds and...' through the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image at LSBU.
Photography and Imaging - BA (Hons)
Victorian College of Art, University of Melbourne
Victorian College of Art, University of Melbourne
Slade School of Fine Art, University College London
Prizes, awards, and accolades
The Anna & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship (Sep 2008)
Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia
KPMG Tutorship Prize for Teaching (Jan 2005)
Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne
National Gallery of Victoria Trustees Award (Nov 1997)
National Gallery of Victoria
Reach and Impact
Big cities, tiny people: the vast community portraits of Crowd Theory – in pictures (Jan 2019)
Simon Terrill's Playground (Aug 2015)
Britain's brutalist playgrounds (Jun 2015)
Terrill, S. (2020). Crowd Theory . London South Bank University. https://doi.org/10.18744/lsbu.8v9yz
The Brutalist Playground
Terrill, S. and Assemble (2019). The Brutalist Playground. London South Bank University. https://doi.org/10.18744/lsbu.8v97w
Civilization: The Way We Live Now
Terrill, S. Civilization: The Way We Live Now. 13 Sep 2019 - 01 Feb 2020
Simon Terrill: Crowd Theory Survey Exhibition
Terrill, S (2019). Simon Terrill: Crowd Theory Survey Exhibition.
Simon Terrill: Crowd Theory 2004-18, Perspectives, Notes and Comments
Palmer, D, Minton, A, Faust, C, Fite-Wassilak, C, Mulvey, M and Terrill, S. (2019). Simon Terrill: Crowd Theory 2004-18, Perspectives, Notes and Comments. Centre For Contemporary Photography.
Terrill, Simon and Alexander, D. (2019). Crowd. London Self Published Artist Book.
Crowd Theory Reunion featuring Snuff Puppets
Terrill, Simon (2019). Crowd Theory Reunion featuring Snuff Puppets.
Terrill, S. (2019). Exchange Value.
Like Fire Walk With Me
Terrill, Simon (2019). Like Fire Walk With Me. Sutton Gallery, 254 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 3065, Victoria, Australia 02 Feb - 02 Mar 2019
Nouns of Assembly
Terrill, S (2016). Nouns of Assembly.
36 Views of Orbit
Terrill, S (2016). 36 Views of Orbit. London Simon Terrill.
Parallel (of Life and) Architecture: The Ostrich and the Kipper
Terrill, S (2017). Parallel (of Life and) Architecture: The Ostrich and the Kipper.
Crowd Theory Thamesmead
Terrill, Simon (2017). Crowd Theory Thamesmead. The Link, Thamesmead 07 Jul - 18 Aug 2017
Sources of inspiration: from the monument tothe ordinary
Terrill, S (2017). Sources of inspiration: from the monument tothe ordinary. Alison and Peter Smithson: Ideas, Impact, Architecture. Edge Theatre, The Edge, University of Bath, Bath UK 04 Nov 2017
South of the River: Crowd Theory
Terrill, S (2016). South of the River: Crowd Theory. National Portrait Gallery, London 10 Jun - 06 Sep 2016
The Brutalist Playground, RIBA
Terrill, S. and Assemble (2015). The Brutalist Playground, RIBA . Vitra Design Museum 14 Jan - 30 Apr 2017
Ideas Series: Crowd Theory
Terrill, S (2014). Ideas Series: Crowd Theory. photoworks https://photoworks.org.uk.
Welcome to the High Rise
Terrill, S and Faust, C (2012). Welcome to the High Rise. London Simon Terrill.
Home Work 2020
Terrill, S. Alexander, D. (ed.) (2020). Home Work 2020. London Ottoby Press.
Terrill, S. (2019). Crowd Theory.