Simon Poulter has worked within the art and technology sector for twenty years. He has established a national profile both as an artist and curator, working with all of the UK’s leading art and technology organisations.
He is co-Director of Collusion, based in Cambridge, an art and technology organisation developing a three year programme of projects in the wider Cambridge area. Collusion, commissions new work from artists, develops Simon’s expertise in artist labs and will be curating a major event in 2019. You can find out more about Collusion here.
Simon was formerly Associate Curator with Metal, devising projects and programmes across Metal’s three locations. During 2014/2015, he developed and managed NetPark, a Digital R&D Fund for the Arts project in Chalkwell Park on behalf of Metal. This project created a digital platform for a Chalkwell Park, working with schools, artists and partners the University of Brighton and Calvium (Bristol). The project has been well received nationally as an example of digital public space and new usage for parks.
He is recently advised several organisations on work with locative media in public spaces and is working on a major national touring programme project with other UK partners. Simon is a regular speaker and contributor at arts events and has contributed talks for Hello Culture, Furtherfield and DCMS.
Recently, he has developed business plans for Design Manchester, FACT and Abandon Normal Devices (AND Festival) and has been a consultant advisor to Watershed and other smaller arts organisations. He is presently working with Design Manchester on a business plan leading to a bid for 2022 World Design Capital.
He worked for five years as Associate Curator with Metal, establishing a digital portfolio across three locations along with artist lab work in the Eastern region of England.
He was director of PVA MediaLab in Dorset for ten years, where he established the ‘Labculture’ programme of artist professional development labs. He has continued to innovate in this area, working with other organisations such as mac (Midlands Art Centre – Birmingham) and Turning Point West Midlands. In 2010 he curated the opening visual arts programme for the mac capital programme. He was also lead artist on the Knowle West Media Centre capital development programme in South Bristol and programmed the first three years of projects.
Simon has substantial experience of working as a facilitator, producer and with young people and technology. He worked with Creative Partnerships in Cornwall, Bristol and the West Midlands as a commissioned artist and advisor.
Working with Sophie Mellor as Close and Remote, he has completed a number of large scale commissions across the UK, including We Are What We Are for Creative Barking and Dagenham, Lost Characters for Sefton Borough Council/The Atkinson and Zone for FACT/Mersey Forest. In 2016 Close and Remote are working on a new commission for University of Bristol – Life Chances – investigating issues affecting residents of Bristol and Cardiff and the UK benefits system.