Wish You Were Here – An Open Conversation with Simon Roberts

The RPS is offering a unique opportunity for an audience-led discussion with British photographer, Simon Roberts. Roberts will take questions from the floor (or pre-submitted) where he can offer advice and his thoughts on subjects ranging from the creation and dissemination of long-term projects, crowd funding and publishing, working with galleries and exhibiting work, print sales, editioning, and commercial collaborations. After the conversation, Simon will be signing copies of his books.

There are a number of ways you can submit questions:

Send Simon a postcard (RPS House, 337-340 Paintworks, Bristol, BS4 3AR), or post it on Twitter (@The_RPS, #wishyouwerehere), via email (del.barrett@rps.org), or come prepared on the night.

Questions and answers will be tweeted live on the night!

Photo © Sandra Mickiewicz, 2019

A unique opportunity to work with acclaimed British artist-photographer Simon Roberts, whose recent commission for Pallant House Gallery, Inscapes, explores our relationship to landscape.

Start with a walk in the Sussex Downs before returning to the studio at Pallant House to look collectively at the photos you have taken and discuss landscape practice.

Details on meeting points and logistics to be supplied two weeks before the course begins.

For more information, visit the gallery website here: https://pallant.org.uk/whats-on/practical-class-landscape-photography-masterclass-simon-roberts/

Photographer Simon Roberts and writer Dr Alexandra Harris explore the meaning of place with Pallant House Director Simon Martin on 27 July 2019.

How are we connected to our local landscapes? Simon Roberts’ new series of  photographic, video- and sound-based landscape studies explores these connections. For this In Conversation event he is joined by Alexandra Harris, author of Weatherland and Romantic Moderns to explore how we build connections with familiar landscapes.

View the event details here.

The Format Festival gallery space at Furthest from the Sea Music in Derby’s Strand Arcade is opening its doors to host The Brexit Shop curated by Peter Bonnell.

Join artists Simon Roberts, Martin Seeds and Mark Duffy for a tour and talk of their Brexit related projects. This is a free event but spaces are limited so booking is essential.

Image © Ed Alcock

I will be taking part in a panel discussion around Brexit and the arts, alongside Max Barnett, Editor-in-Chief of Pylot Magazine, and the photographers Ed Alcock and Sukhi Dhanda. It’s being convened by Mina Raven Art.

Factory 45, 44-46 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR London

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM

From the press to the Internet, social media, TV, and social interactions in everyday life, the Brexit is currently present everywhere. The consequences are as important inside as outside of the UK, it is shifting our environment and changing our relationship to one another.

While UK’s exit approaches and the confusion becomes more widespread, some artists have been exploring the impacts of the Brexit in our daily life and how the recent events have shaped their own journey.

More information and tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/532865310458115/

Image: Screengrab from The Brexit Lexicon by Simon Roberts, 2018

‘Brexit will spell the end of British art as we know it. Discuss. – A Panel Discussion

According to the artist Bob and Roberta Smith leaving the EU will have a devastating impact on our artists, museums and galleries, with Brexit meaning the end of a period of British culture born out of the ashes of the Second World War that was open, intellectually curious and essentially generous. As the UK Government releases Technical Notices on a ‘No Deal Brexit’ and we approach the date of the People’s Vote March for the Future in Central London on 20 October, our panelists will explore the possible impact of Brexit on the cultural sector and ask how we should respond as artists and stakeholders working within the arts. The panel will also discuss the changing funding landscape and our shifting relationship with Europe.

Free but tickets must be booked here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brexit-will-spell-the-end-of-british-art-as-we-know-it-discuss-tickets-50216631296

Panelists will include:

Shoair Mavlian, Director of Photoworks and former Assistant Curator at Tate Modern.

Mahtab Hussain, whose work explores the relationship between identity, heritage and displacement. Mahtab was recently featured on the BBC 4 documentary ‘What Do Artists Do All Day?’.

Natasha Caruana, artist and Senior Lecturer of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK

Michael Lightfoot, artist, illustrator, and director of Artists for Brexit, a network of artists, arts workers and arts enthusiasts who support the process of securing independence for the UK.

and Uta Kogelsberger, a London based artist working with photography, video installation and sound. Uta’s new work ‘Uncertain Subjects: Part II’ being shown as part of the 2018 Brighton Photo Biennial gives a voice to those who feel they are not being heard in the current Brexit negotiations.

This event forms part of the 2018 Brighton Photo Biennial festival and is supported by Arts Council EnglandPhotoworks and the Brighton Photo Fringe.

It has been convened by Brighton-based artist Simon Roberts, who is showing work during the festival exploring Brexit.

Image: Extract from ‘The Thames Wunderkammer: Tales from Victoria Embankment in Two Parts’ An artwork commissioned by Tideway, 2017

Wednesday 5 September, 7pm (doors open 6.30pm)
Tideway Cottons Centre, SE1

Free but booking required (please see below)

An ‘in-conversation’ between Simon Roberts and David Prior, Head of Public Services and Outreach at the Parliamentary Archives, chaired by curator, Rachel Fleming-Mulford.

Using his large-scale artwork for the Victoria Embankment, commissioned by Tideway, as a starting point, Simon Roberts will discuss his photography and his approach to the creation of the artwork, which references the rich and varied history of that section of the Victoria Embankment and the River Thames. Roberts took photographs at the site but also researched objects and images from a wide variety of archives and collections in London to create the work.

“The design is created to reflect the literal and metaphorical layering of the landscape, in which objects from the past and present are juxtaposed to evoke new meanings. The hoarding represents an aesthetic excavation of the area, so that diverse elements, both manmade and natural, can co-exist in new ways.

“All the objects are presented as a metaphoric Victorian ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’. Modern terminology would categorise the objects included as belonging to natural history, geology, ethnography, archaeology, religious or historical relics, works of art, and antiquities.”

Simon is joined by David Prior, who is Head of Public Services and Outreach at the Parliamentary Archives. The Parliamentary Archives holds the records of both Houses of Parliament. The records, which date from 1497, reflect the ways in which Parliament has affected the lives of individuals and communities and the processes by which people have been able to influence the work of Parliament. David’s responsibilities include the curation and management of exhibitions and displays, the development of community outreach activities and the provision of facilities for public access to the Archives. He will bring his fascinating perspective as a heritage expert to the discussion.

Part of Totally Thames Festival 2018 that runs from 1-30 September.

Book free tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-thames-wunderkammerin-conversation-with-photographer-simon-roberts-tickets-46525090799

I will be discussing my most recent project, Merrie Albion, in Bristol at Martin Parr’s new foundation. Copies of the book will also be available.

I will be one of the speakers at this year’s Street London festival in East London.

Street London returns in August this year with a new theme. We want to explore the ‘borders’ of street photography: where street photography meets photojournalism, art photography and portraiture.

Come join us for talks, shooting, panel discussions, drinks and much more.

TIckets available HERE.

As part of the exhibition The Great British Seaside at the National Maritime Museum, I will be in conversation with fellow exhibitors, Martin Parr and David Hurn to discuss the role of photography in documenting British culture and their approaches to capturing the seaside.

Viewing of the exhibition followed by a panel discussion and Q&A led by artist and writer Sunil Shah.

Book tickets HERE>