Movement artist Simon Whitehead works from both his base in rural west Wales and internationally.
Since 2000 he has developed a body of work from walking practices; his works are place-sensitive and he often invites members of the public to collaborate in a process of devising live performance.
In 2002, in2mph during the wake of foot and mouth disease he walked 300 miles from his home to Smithfield market in London along old drovers’ roads.
He was visiting Artist at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park 2004-06, where he developed ‘walks to illuminate’, a series of nocturnal walks for the public, culminating in a major gallery retrospective of his performance work.
In 2009 he made Scatter, a walk from Siobhan Davies Studios to Victoria Miro gallery where he invited the public to seed bomb a wild flowering route, this later grew as a blue visual trace through central London. This was a commissioned work as part of the Collection
Over the last 18 years Simon has collaborated closely with Melbourne-based sound artist Barnaby Oliver. They are currently working oncoedmor an accumulated process of field recording and composition, processed between two remote locations. www.untitledstates.net
As an artist working within a small rural community in the Teifi valley, west Wales Simon has become interested in how he can continue to develop a role for himself there that is rooted in and related to the community and place.
One of the strategies he has used to establish relationality is by bringing to light the forms and ideas he works with in ways that can be visible, relevant and thought provoking.Maynardis a project where he curates and shapes live events in his home village of Abercych, Pembrokeshire, inviting international artists in residence to respond to the place and share ideas and practices. www.may-nard.org