35 & Counting: Simon Faithful

In early February we launched ’35 & Counting’, an exhibition and online auction, marking 35 years of supporting emerging artists.

All proceeds of the online auction, launching on Thursday 16 February (5pm), will support our artist residency programme.

To showcase the 29 artworks generously donated, we have asked each of the artists to remind us about their involvement with the gallery and what a residency means to them. 

Above: 2014 (Image courtesy of the artist)

Simon Faithful 

Simon Faithfull is a contemporary artist whose work has been exhibited extensively around the world. His work has been described as an attempt to understand and explore the planet as a sculptural object - to test its limits and report back from its extremities.

Faithfull was born in Oxfordshire, UK, studied at Central St Martins and then Reading University. He is a Reader in Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London.

The artist said: “In 2004 I had a solo exhibition at Aspex. The show came at an important point in my career and the support of Aspex and Jo Bushnell proved pivotal to my career”

What does a studio/place to work mean to you? 

“A place to think. A place to layout my thinking and to invite others in” 

How have funded residencies supported your professional development, and what impact have they had on your work?

“The greatest shift in practice came out of my residency in 2004/5 with the British Antarctic Survey. Organized through the Arts Council’s International Fellowship scheme, the two-month’s residency on an ice-breaking ship, travelling to Antarctica and back, changed my practice and raised my profile significantly”

About the artwork

'Whatever #15', 2017                                                                                                                             

  • A promise to make a digital drawing
  • Dimensions variable

‘Whatever #15’ is a contract between the purchaser and the artist. The text printed on an A4 sheet of paper constitutes a promise to make a drawing of whatever the artist is looking at when the purchaser texts the artist’s German mobile. The purchaser of the promise will be given the artist’s full mobile-phone number upon the successful purchase of the artwork. At a later date the artist will gladly sign either or both print-outs of the promise and/or the digital drawing.