Simon Martin

Simon’s work reflects on material culture, with an interest in how we understand ourselves through social structures.

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Lecturer in Art




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Simon Martin's practice is an attempt to reflect upon material culture. He is interested in how we understand ourselves through social structures, mythologies and collective memory evidenced in art objects, mass media and the built environment. Employing various strategies of appropriation the work takes the form of moving image, installation and photography.

Academic qualifications

  • 1985-89, Slade School of Art UCL London
  • 1984-85, Mid-Cheshire College of Art


Martin joined Goldsmiths as a part time lecturer on the MFA programme from 2003 to 2007 and again in 2011. He previously lectured at Central St. Martins, Oxford University's Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Portsmouth and Sunderland University's BA and MA programmes. 

He has also worked as a LUX Associate Artists Programme mentor and for Richmond Adult Education College's PG Diploma in Fine Art. He was invited to examine Kingston University's PhD candidates in 2010 - 2011.

Professional projects

Martin's work has been featured in solo exhibitions across the UK, including the Holbourne Museum in Bath, the Collective Gallery in Edinburgh, and the Camden Arts Center, Chisenhale Gallery, and Tate Britain in London. His work has additionally been screened as part of group exhibitions at Hyde Park Picture House, ICA London, Tate Liverpool and CCA Glasgow, and internationally at the Zinebi International Festival of Documentary and Short Films, the Argos Film Festival in Brussels, and the Fifth International Video Biennial in Israell, among others.


Publications and research outputs


Martin, Simon. 2017. Simon Martin, Augustas Serapinas, Bridget Smith Group Exhibition Stanley Picker Gallery 2017. In: "Simon Martin, Augustas Serapinas, Bridget Smith Group Exhibition", Stanley Picker Gallery, United Kingdom, 16 February – 8 April 2017.

Martin, Simon. 2015. UR Feeling 2015. In: "UR Feeling", Camden Arts Centre, London, United Kingdom, 10 April - 21 June 2015.

Martin, Simon. 2015. The Parliament of Things 2015. In: "The Parliament of Things", Firstsite Colchester, United Kingdom, 2015.

Artist's Book

Martin, Simon. 2015. Simon Martin 2015.


Martin, Simon. 2007. This is an artists project…. TANK, 4(9),

Book Section

Martin, Simon. 2010. Incidents of Mirror-Travel in Yucatan and Elsewhere. In: Leon Pablo, ed. Incidentes de Viaje Espejo en Yucatan y otros Lugares/Incidents of Mirror-Travel in Yucatan and Elsewhere. Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura. ISBN 978-6076050873