Simon Terrill


Born 1969, Melbourne. Lives and works in London, UK.

Working with photography, sculpture, installation, drawing and video, Simon Terrill's work investigates relations between architectural spaces and their received narratives, public and private identities, and the idea of the crowd as a tool to examine architecture, identity, community and a performance of self. His ongoing Crowd Theory project consists of 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.

Selected solo exhibitions: Crowd Theory, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 2019; Like Fire Walk with Me, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2019; Crowd Theory: Thamesmead, The Link Thamesmead, London, 2017; South of the River: Crowd Theory, National Portrait Gallery, London, 2016; Nouns of Assembly, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2016; The Brutalist Playground, a collaboration with Assemble, The Royal Institute of British Architects, London, 2015-16; Room X, Balfron Tower, London, 2014; Tilt, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2013; Crowd Theory - Adelaide, Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide, 2013; Balfron Project II, 2 Willow Road, National Trust Ernő Goldfinger Museum, Hampstead, 2012; Phantom, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2011; Balfron Project, Nunnery Gallery, London, 2011; Crowd Theory - Southbank, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2010.

Selected group exhibitions: An Unorthodox Flow of Images, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 2017; The Brutalist Playground, a collaboration with Assemble, Vitra Design Museum, Germany, 2017; Parallel (of life and) Architecture, The Edge, University of Bath, 2017; Highlights from the MGA Collection, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, 2015; The Piranesi Effect, Ian Potter Museum, Melbourne, 2014; Momentum, McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery, Melbourne, 2013; Negotiating This World: Contemporary Australian Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2012; Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2011.

Following a BA in Sculpture and MA in Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, he lectured in Critical and Theoretical Studies (2005-08) and at the Centre for Ideas (2003-08), both at the VCA. In 2008 Terrill was awarded the Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship that enabled him to spend a year at the Slade School of Art. He has been commissioned by Acme Studios, Samstag Museum of Art, National Trust Ernő Goldfinger Museum (2 Willow Road) amongst others, along with grants from Australia Council (2009, 2002, 1998) and Arts Council England (2010, 2014). He is currently undertaking a residency at Somerset House Studios, London.


Terrill CV 2019

Artwork by Simon Terrill

Crowd Theory Adelaide: Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga

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