Simon Hall is a Bristol-based visual artist who utilises painting, sculpture, installation and bio-art to consider the body in health and disease, medical ethics and emerging technologies. He is dual qualified in medicine and dentistry alongside being an academic clinical fellow for the University of Bristol Centre for Academic Primary Care. He delivers interdisciplinary art/science collaborations and draws together artists, researchers, clinicians and service users to explore participatory arts experiences and curiosity driven research. His work playfully and experimentally explores at the transection of disciplines, is crafted using materials developed within science environments and connects through storytelling.
During his art & science residency, Simon explored the historical relationship between healthcare and coastal waters. He investigated local archival material and engaged with community groups, alongside considering the legacy of human impacts upon the environment and future of the Thames Estuary. Simon made use of the accommodation at Chalkwell Hall and highlighted the importance of research and development. Simon used his time to trial new visual and scientific materials, visiting the beach regularly to conduct experiments. He also hosted a community dinner to build new connections with local creatives, wild swimmers, activists and academics, started work on a funding application and led a brilliant hands-on creative workshop for participants of our NetPark Wellbeing Project.