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 will explore the historical relationship between healthcare and coastal waters. He will investigate local archival material and engage with community groups, alongside considering the legacy of human impacts upon the environment and future of the Thames estuary. The socially engaged project will speculatively enquire regarding the health properties of the local seaside through DIY shed-lab analytics of coastal air, water samples and found materials, including Victorian era methodologies to explore ozone, ionised baths and other remedies sold to relieve chronic health conditions.