Simon Roberts

(b. 1974, United Kingdom)
Lives and works in Brighton.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery (Brighton, UK): Pierdom

BredaPhoto (Breda, Holland): Pierdom
Pallant House Gallery (Chichester, UK): Pierdom National Exhibition
Grundy Art Gallery (Blackpool, UK): Pierdom National Exhibition
Quay Arts (Isle of Wight, UK): Pierdom National Exhibition
SeaCity Museum (Southampton, UK): Pierdom National Exhibition
Towner Gallery (Eastbourne, UK): Pierdom National Exhibition
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery (Brighton, UK): Pierdom National Exhibition, Kirkleatham Museum (Redcar): Pierdom National Exhibition
Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Aberystwyth, UK): Pierdom National Exhibition Teign Heritage Centre (Teignmouth, UK): Pierdom National Exhibition Burgh Hall (Dunoon, UK): Pierdom National Exhibition
Turner Contemporary (Margate, UK): Pierdom National Exhibition Multimedia Art Museum (Moscow, Russia): Landscape Studies of a Small Island,

Klompching Gallery (New York, USA): Pierdom Morat Galerie (Hamburg, Germany): Pierdom Flowers Gallery (London, UK): Pierdom
Format Festival (Derby, UK): Let This Be a Sign Flowers Gallery (London, UK): The Election Project Phos Fotografia (Chieri, Italy): We English
MC2 Gallery (Milan, Italy): Pierdom

4RT Contemporary (Lausanne, Switzerland): We English
The Photographers’ Gallery, Print Sales (London, UK): Pierdom Third Floor Gallery (Cardiff, UK): We English
Swiss Cottage Gallery (London, UK): Let This Be a Sign
Light House (Wolverhampton, UK): We English
Pluie d'Images (Brittany, France): We English

Centro Brasileiro Britânico (São Paulo, Brazil): We English
Hereford Photo Festival (Hereford, UK): Landscapes of Innocence & Experience
Flowers East (London, UK): We English
Photaumnales Festival (Beauvais, France): We English
SIFEST Photography Festival (Savignano, Italy): An Italian Story
UH Galleries, St Albans Museum (St Albans, UK): We English
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery (Brighton, UK): We English
mac Gallery (Birmingham, UK): We English / Landscapes of Innocence & Experience
mac Gallery (Birmingham, UK): The Election Project
New York Photo Festival (New York, USA): Landscapes of Innocence & Experience
MC2 Gallery (Milan, Italy): We English
Robert Morat Galerie (Hamburg, Germany): Motherland & We English DMB Project Space (London, UK): Polyarnye Nochi
Spazio Labo' - Centro di Fotografia (Bologna, Italy): We English

Clocktower Gallery (Croydon, UK): We English
Robert Morat Project Space (Berlin, Germany): We English
EX3 Centro l’Arte Contemporanea (Firenze, Italy), Motherland, Homeland Brighton Photo Fringe (Brighton, UK): The Election Project
SIFEST Photography Festival (Savignano, Italy): We English
House of Commons (London, UK): The Election Project National Media Museum (Bradford, UK): We English Burgh Hall, (Dunoon, UK): We English
Bank Street Arts (Sheffield, UK): Motherland Bonington Gallery (Nottingham, UK): Motherland Crane Kalman (Brighton, UK): Polyarnye Nochi

South Hill Park Arts Centre (Bracknell, UK): We English The Photographers’ Gallery (London, UK): We English Klompching Gallery, (New York, USA): We English

Blank Gallery (Brighton, UK): Motherland- Landscapes of Longing Belfast Exposed (Belfast, Northern .Ireland): Motherland

Klompching Gallery (New York, USA): Motherland Lodz Foto Festiwal (Lodz, Poland): Motherland Photofusion (London, UK): Motherland
Pushkin House (London, UK): Motherland
The Photographers’ Gallery (London, UK): Motherland

Selected Group Exhibitions

John Hansard Gallery (Southampton, UK): Show Me The Money Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Aberystwyth, UK): I like this place
The Photographers’ Gallery (London, UK): Didn’t We Have A Lovely Time Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (Sunderland, UK): Show Me The Money

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Missouri, USA): Making Pictures of People — Recent Perspectives on Photographic Portraiture
Museum of London Docklands (London, UK): Estuary
Somerset House (London, UK): Landmark: The Fields of Photography
Format Festival (Derby, UK): Piece of Cake

Galeria de Arte SESI (Sao Paulo, Brazil): Observers: British Photography and the British Scene (From the 1920s to Now)
Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma (Rome, Italy): Camera Work / FOTOGRAFIA – Festival Internazionale di Roma
Belvedere Museum (Noorderlicht Photofestival, Netherlands); Terra Cognita Sifest (Savignano, Italy): Sin_Tesis
Flowers Gallery (London, UK): Uncommon Ground
White Cloth Gallery (Leeds, UK): The Great British Public
Dog Eared Gallery (London, UK): The Great British Public
Aubin Gallery (London, UK): The English Way
Australian Centre for Photography (New South Wales, Australia): Hijacked III: Contemporary Photography from Australia & UK
Griffith University Art Gallery (Brisbane, Australia): Hijacked III: Contemporary Photography from Australia & UK
Quad (Derby, UK): Hijacked III: Contemporary Photography from Australia & UK
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (Perth, Australia): Hijacked III: Contemporary Photography from Australia & UK

National Library of Ireland (Dublin, Ireland): Martin Parr’s Best Books of the Decade, July Klompching Gallery (New York, USA): Land
Down Stairs Gallery (Madley, UK): Heartlands

Host Gallery (London, UK): Pieces of a song
Carrousel du Louvre (Paris, France): Electric Vision: BMW Paris Photo Prize The Photo Gallery (Bristol, UK): Landscape
Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington DC, USA): 100 Portraits / Photographers, November George Eastman House (Rochester, USA): What We’re Collecting: Art/Not-Art
360 degrés (Quebec, Canada): Contemporary Landscape Photography Kaunas Photo Festival (Kaunas, Lithuania): Duets and Duels - Night of Photography
Krakow Photomonth (Krakow, Poland): Aktualizacja UK

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead, UK): Parrworld
House of Sweden, FotoWeek DC (Washington, USA): What Lies Beneath: Nature & Urban Landscape in EU Photography
Paris Photo, Carrousel du Louvre (Paris, France): We English Noorderlicht Photo Festival (Groningen, Netherlands): War Machines
3 White Walls Gallery (Birmingham, UK): Photography is dead / Rhubarb- Rhubarb
Royal Academy (London, UK): Summer Exhibition
C/O Berlin (Berlin, Germany): Visions of Our Time, Deutsche Börse Art Collection
New York Photo Festival (New York, USA): Foto8 / Home for Good Klompching Gallery (New York, USA): Splash!
Shinjuku, (Tokyo, Japan): This Day of Change
Format Festival (Derby, UK): Polyarnye Nochi

Month of European Photography (Berlin, Germany): Blurring the Lines Vanderbilt University Law School (Nashville, USA): Dialogues
Pingyao International Photo Festival (Pingyao, China): Motherland Royal Academy (London, UK): Summer Exhibition

Lumix Festival (Hannover, Germany): Motherland
New York Photo Festival (New York, USA): Portraiture
Zeitgeist Art Gallery, (Nashville, Tennessee): Dialogues
Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, USA): This Land Is Your Land
Museum of Contemporary Art (Shanghai, China): Unseen

Association Of Photographers Gallery (London, UK): Polyarnye Nochi
Les Rencontres D'Arles (Arles, France): Motherland - Evening Projection Photo London, Old Billingsgate (London, UK): Motherland
Deutsche Börse Art Collection (Frankfurt, Germany): New Acquisitions
Royal Photographic Society (London, UK): 150th International Print Exhibition

Lianzhou International Photo Festival (Lianzhou, China): Motherland Lennox Contemporary Gallery, (Toronto,Canada): Flash Forward / Magenta Paris Photo, Carrousel du Louvre (Paris, France): Motherland
Kaunas Photo Days Festival (Kaunas, Lithuania): Motherland
PHotoEspaña Festival (Madrid, Spain): Descubrimientos PHE

Fellowships / Prizes

Arts Council England Grant (UK) 2014
Honorary Fellowship, Royal Photographic Society (UK), 2013
North East Photography Network commission (UK), 2013
Above&Beyond artist commission for Bristol Royal Infirmary (UK), 2013
BNL - BNP Paribas Group Award, MIA Art Fair, Finalist (Italy), 2012
Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, Nomination for We English monograph (UK), 2011
Creative Review Photography Annual - Pierdom (UK), 2011
International Photography Awards, First Prize - Political category (USA), 2011
International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention - Architecture category (USA), 201
Arts Council England Grant (UK), 2011
BMW Paris Photo Prize, Shortlisted (France), 2010
Official Election Artist, House of Commons Works of Art Committee (UK), 2010
PDN Photo Annual, Best Photography Book - We English (USA), 2010 World Press Photo Award, Daily Life Stories, Third Prize (Netherlands), 2010 Arts Council England Grant (UK), 2010
Royal Photographic Society Fellowship Distinction (UK), 2009
EU Imagine a New World, Public's Favourite Award, Shortlisted (EU), 2009 Creative Review Photography Annual (UK), 2009
New York Photo Festival Book Award - We English (USA), 2009
KLM Paul Huff Award, Shortlisted (Amsterdam), 2009
ArtSlant Showcase Winner (USA), 2009
Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, Nomination for Motherland exhibition (UK), 2008
John Kobal Foundation Grant (UK), 2008
PDN Photo Annual, Best Photography Book - Motherland (USA), 2008 American Photography 24 Annual (USA), 2008
National Media Museum Bursary (UK), 2007
Arts Council England Grant (UK), 2007
Vic Odden Award (UK), 2007
Arles Contemporary Book Award, Motherland shortlisted (France), 2007 PHotoEspana Year's Best Photography Books, Motherland shortlisted (Spain), 2007
Lodz Foto Festiwal Special Prize (Poland), 2007
Association of Photographers Document Award (UK), 2007
Getty Grant (USA), 2006
Photography Now - One Hundred Portfolios (USA), 2006
PHotoEspaña Festival Descubrimientos PHE06 (Spain), 2006
Review Santa Fe, Selected Participant (USA), 2006
Magenta Foundation Bright Spark Award (Canada), 2006
Alexia Foundation Grant, Highly Commended (USA), 2006
PDN Photo Annual Award (USA), 2006
Lange–Paul Taylor Prize, Finalist (USA), 2006
Association Of Photographers Open Awards, Best In Show (UK), 2005 NPPA Best of Photojournalism, Magazine Picture Story (USA), 2005 PDN Photo Annual Award (USA), 2005
Photo District News’ PDN30 Emerging Artist (USA), 2004
Chinese Humanity Photo Award, Daily Life Category (China), 2004 World Press Foundation Joop Swart Masterclass (Amsterdam), 2003 XIV Yann Geffroy Award, Honorable Mention (Italy), 2003
Anne Bolt Memorial Award (UK), 1999
Ian Parry Award (UK), 1998

Fellowships / Prizes

Birmingham Central Library, Birmingham, UK Croydon Museum, Croydon, UK Deutsche Börse Art Collection, Frankfurt, Germany George Eastman House, Rochester, USA
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA National Media Museum, Bradford, UK
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Missouri, USA Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, UK Parliamentary Art Collection, UK
Royal Photographic Society, UK
Swiss Cottage Gallery/ London Borough of Camden, UK Wilson Centre for Photography, London, UK


Pierdom. Photographs by Simon Roberts. Essay by Francis Hodgson. Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2013.
This Is A Sign. Photographs by Simon Roberts. Self published (newsprint), 2012.
The Election Project. Photographs by Simon Roberts, Essays by Greg Hobson, Sean O’Hagan and Peter Wilby. Self published (newsprint), 2010.
We English. Photographs by Simon Roberts. Essay by Stephen Daniels. Chris Boot, 2009.
Motherland. Photographs by Simon Roberts. Essay by Rosamund Bartlett. Chris Boot, 2007.


Show Me The Money – The Image of Finance. Manchester Uni press; UK, 2014.
The Photobook: A History Volume III. Phaidon; UK, 2014.
Contatti – Provini D’Autore Volume II. Postcard; Italy, 2013.
Hijacked III - Contemporary Photography from Australia & UK. BigCityPress: Australia, 2012. Flash Forward - 5th Anniversary. Magenta Foundation: Canada, 2009.
This Day of Change. Kodansha Limited: Japan, 2009.
XL Photography 3. Hatje Cantz: Germany, 2007.
Flash Forward 2007. Magenta Foundation: Canada, 2007.
Granta 94: On the Road Again. Photoessay by Simon Roberts. Granta: London, 2006. Eyes Wide Open. Chris Boot: London, 2004.
10 Years of the Joop Swart Masterclass. World Press Foundation: Amsterdam, 2004.

Selected Artist Lectures

Belfast Exposed Gallery, UK; Fatamorgana School of Art Photography, Copenhagen, Denmark; Houses of Parliament, UK; Host Gallery, London, UK; Kingston University, UK; Klompching Gallery, New York, UK; Landscape Stories, Venice, Italy; London College of Communication, UK; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA; National Media Museum, Bradford, UK; PHotoEspaña, Universidad Europea de Madrid, Spain; Photofusion Gallery, London, UK; Royal Geographical Society, London, UK;Royal Photographic Society, Bath, UK; Scottish Parliament, UK; Sotheby’s Art Institute, London, UK; Syracuse University, New York State, USA; The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK; University College Falmouth, UK; University College for the Creative Arts, UK; University of Cambridge, UK; University of Plymouth, UK; University of the Arts, Bremen, Germany; University of Wales Newport, UK