Simon Spain / Chairperson
Simon Spain’s social practice with the community, particularly his 30 years work running engaging arts programming for children and families demonstrates his commitment to providing an opportunity for everyone to be affected by the power of the arts. Simon trained as a printmaker in the UK and in a journey that has taken him to work in around the world as an artist and presenter he settled in Australia in 2004 to establish ArtPlay for the City of Melbourne, moving to Tasmania at the beginning of 2016. Following the completion of a Masters in Social Investment and Philanthropy in 2015 Simon was invited to undertake a reflective Practice PhD reflecting on his social practice, taking as his area of research the transformative power of community engagement in the arts and the artist role in responding to the challenges of the 21st century. Simon combines a personal compulsion to make art, expertise in the co-design of public participatory arts experiences and a committment to social justice with a strong entrepreneurial spirit. He was awarded the Australia Council for the Arts Fellowship in Cultural and Community Development in 2017 and is the Arts and Culture Leader for the B4 Early Years Collective impact initiative in Tasmania. His current project in Tasmania provides residency and capacity building opportunities for artists within his personal home at all that we are, just outside Hobart.