I will be doing an ‘In Conversation’ with Susanna Brown, Curator of Photography from the V&A, at this year’s Photo London, where we’ll be discussing my latest work, Merrie Albion.
Thursday 17 May 2018
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
“For over a decade, Simon Roberts has photographed events and places across Britain that have drawn people together in public, reflecting on the nature of our shared histories and communal experiences. Join Simon Roberts to explore identity and community, and the complex relationship between history, place and culture, often photographing places of leisure. Whilst creating a view of contemporary society, Roberts critically conflates the traditional genre of landscape with social documentary, layering notions of national identity and character within moments of time and to particular places.”
Book your place here: https://photolondon.seetickets.com/content/ticket-options

Book here: http://www.sotsef.co.uk/festival_events/?zone=festival_events

Wednesday 18th April 2018

David Hurn and Simon Roberts, two leading British photographers from two different generations, will be in conversation at The Photographers’ Gallery covering a wide range of topics such as education, forging a career in photography, authoring major bodies of work, and their different approaches on documenting their home countries of Wales and England respectively.

Hurn and Roberts exhibit together at the National Maritime Museum in The Great British Seaside alongside photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr, running 23 March to 30 September 2018.

Tuesday 6th March 2018

To coincide with the exhibition and publication Merrie Albion – Landscape Studies of a Small Island, Flowers Gallery will host a panel discussion chaired by Curator of Photographs at V&A, Susannah Brown. Joining her is exhibiting artist, Simon Roberts and contributing writers David Chandler, Professor of Photography at Plymouth University and Alex Vasudevan, Associate Professor in Human Geography at The University of Oxford.

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A walk and talk with artist Simon Roberts whose Thames Tideway Tunnel hoarding commission The Thames Wunderkammer: Tales from Victoria Embankment in Two Parts is currently on show at Victoria Embankment.

Participants are invited to gather outside Embankment Underground Station (River Thames exit) where the artist will meet you and take you on a short walk to the site of the hoarding. There, he will discuss his 25-metre ‘cabinet of curiosities’ that presents a fascinating and diverse collection of objects from the past and present. Ancient swords, photographs from the women’s pro-suffrage march and comical engarvings of the dirty water of the Thames contribute to an artwork that reflects the area’s complex history, geology and devleopment.

Simon Roberts’ commission draws on exciting research with the Museum of London, British Museum, Houses of Parliament, Parliamentary Archives, Parliamentary Art Collection, Wellcome Trust, and Thames 21; and Flowers Gallery London.

The event is free and can be booked here: TICKETS

This event is part of Totally Thames, which takes place over the month of September and brings the river to life via an exciting season of arts, cultural and river events throughout the 42-mile stretch of the Thames in London.

More information about Tideway’s arts programme is available here: https://www.tideway.london/news/media-centre/tideway-launches-vision-for-public-art-to-celebrate-history-and-culture-of-the-river-thames/

I will be participating in this symposium hosted by the MA Documentary Photography and Photojournalism course at University of Westminster.

‪9th May, 11-1pm‬

Speakers include-

David Moore, Head of MA Documentary Photography, University of Westminster

Dr Massimiliano Fusari, Teacher and Photographer

Clare Grafik, Curator, The Photographers’ Gallery

Anne Bourgeois, Global Digital Director Magnum Photos

Britain in Pictures: Landscape, History and Identity

with Simon Roberts and David Chandler

I will be involved in a Photography Research Dialogue event with Professor David Chandler at the Plymouth University as part of the MA Photography Programme. The event is open to visitors.

Wednesday 3 May

Scott 114, 2.00pm to 5.pm

Through highly regarded publications such as Motherland (2007), We English (2009) and Pierdom (2013), and for his incisive coverage of the General Election of 2010, photographer Simon Roberts has emerged over the last decade as one of our most interesting chroniclers of the British social landscape. In this timely research dialogue, Roberts will discuss his recent work and the preparations for his new book project with David Chandler, who will be contributing an essay to that publication. Linking a number of his different series over the last ten years, Roberts’s new book continues his investigation into the relationship between landscape and national identity, while paying more specific attention to the texture of British life during the unfolding of recent historical events. The afternoon will be structured around two presentations: one by Roberts about the book and one by Chandler about the ideas and images informing the research for his essay. The presentations will be followed by an in-conversation between the two speakers and a general discussion.

Join us for a one-day symposium accompanying Museums Sheffield’s new exhibition at the Graves Gallery, Street View: Photographs of Urban Life.

Featuring images primarily drawn from Sheffield’s own photographs collection, the exhibition explores the diversity of the street; as a social space, as a battleground for protest and as a source of artistic inspiration. Visitors will discover a range of works which, in many cases, have not been exhibited for over 20 years.

This symposium will contextualise the exhibition within the broader theme of street photography and the long-term development of photography in Sheffield. It also aims to emphasise the importance of UK-wide photography networks to continued development and research in the field. The symposium will offer the first chance to find out about the Photographic Collections Network. This is a new organisation, supported by Arts Council England, for anyone involved with photography archives and collections. It launches in October 2016 and Paul Herrmann, one of the co-founders, will give more information about its aims and plans.

Speakers will include Susanna Brown (Curator, Photographs, Victoria and Albert Museum), Simon Roberts (UK-based contemporary photographer), Paul Herrmann (Director, RedEye: The Photography Network and Chairman of the Photographic Collections Network), Paul Hill (UK-based photographer and Professor of Photography) and Ken Phillip (Sheffield-based photographer and former Lecturer of Photography, Sheffield Hallam University).

The symposium will be followed by a special evening viewing of the Street View exhibition 5.45pm-7.45pm with curator Catherine Troiano. 

Tickets are priced 12 / £10 concessions and are available now – please book via Eventbrite

For further information please contact Catherine Troiano: c.troiano@vam.ac.uk 

I’m giving a talk on Tuesday 15th November at FOMU foto museum in Antwerp, Belgium.

Entry is free but you must register here: http://www.fotomuseum.be/workshops-en-events/lezingen/inschrijven-artist-talk.html

The talk has been organised by the photography department of Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp.


I will be taking part in the conference: Photography and Britishness on November 4–5, 2016, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT.

This two-day international conference investigates the various ways in which ideas about Britain have been communicated, inflected, and contested through the photographic image. It questions how photographs are understood to mirror, reinforce, or interrupt what constitutes “Britishness” in national, local, imperial, colonial, and postcolonial contexts. Papers cover a wide range of international perspectives from the nineteenth century to today. The conference will incorporate a panel discussion with practitioners, and delegates will be able to sign up for break-out sessions in Yale’s special collections.

I’ll be involved in a panel discussion with Angela Kelly and Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski moderated by John Tagg, Professor of Art History at Binghamton University.

This conference is co-organized by the Yale Center for British Art; the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London; and the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California.

Schedule- For more information about the conference and for a full listing of events, please download the following schedule:

Photography and Britishness (pdf; 1.30 mb)