Simon Read is a visual artist and Associate Professor of Fine Art at Middlesex University London. He currently lives on the Suffolk Coast where througha life spent afloat upon a converted barge, he has developed a strong sensitivity to coastal and estuarine systems. Over at least the past fifteen years he has sought to plough this back into both his practice as an artist and his academic research, believing that the cultural community has a duty to contribute to a deeper understanding of environmental change and to promote a stronger sense of public engagement.
He is actively involved with his local community in the implementation of an estuary management plan for the River Deben and uses this experience as essential grounding for broader research activity that takes him into other territories and social contexts. As well as being a partner in Hydrocitizenship, the research programme that gave rise to the Cinderella River publication, he is at present a contributor to CoastWEB, a project to explore the benefits of saltmarsh upon the Welsh Coast and has just finished working as arts advisor for a project in Bangladesh and Nepal to seek ways of addressing water resource conflicts driven by climate change.
Simon Read will be speaking at the North London Story Festival on Tuesday 13th of March at 2:30pm in the Boardroom C219. In order to guarantee a seat for this event, please rsvp via this Eventbrite page. The North London Story Festival is a free event and open to students, faculty and members of the public.