Simeon Barclay

Introducing a new project by Ashley Holmes as the first Sheffield Platform Residency artist

30 January 2017

Ashley Holmes has been selected as the first artist to participate in Site Gallery‘s Sheffield Platform Residency where he will present new project Dot Dot Dit Dit Dot Dot Dash running from January 31 to February 11.

The project will look at “black British cultural production, unspoken coded languages and the history of black personae in popular culture” and will be multi-directional in its approach, bringing together DJs, cultural theorists and artists to “uncover a set of international common threads that exist in black communities, made visible through the Internet and its powerful ability to find links within the black diaspora.”

There will be five new video works presented, as well as a live research hub among music and other events that visitors are encouraged to drop in and engage with. Keep an eye out for the following events taking place during the residency:

Open Conversation – Feb 4

An open conversation based around archive and black persona with invited guests, including Evan Ifekoya, Black In The Day and more.

In Conversation and Closing Party – Feb 9

Ashley Holmes will be in conversation with Simeon Barclay, as well as a night of live DJ’s and a performances including London based artist Georgia Lucas-Going.

Film Screening – Feb 11

a screening of the 1980 film Babylon.

Visit the Site Gallery webpage for more details.**



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Simeon Barclay @ Cubitt, Oct 12- Nov 13

11 October 2016

Simeon Barclay presents solo show They Don’t Like It Up ‘Em at London’s Cubitt gallery opening on October 12 and running to November 13.

Barclay will unpick categories of cultural archeology, drawing on “symbolically rich references culled from sports journalism, Vogue magazine, Afro-Caribbean dance,  British working class history and its rogue’s gallery of maligned cult icons.” Personal memory, gender and history are explored though a wide range of materials, including printmaking, video, sculpture and painting. The press release notes that these cultural signifiers both “clash and cohere” in a seductive space of imagery.

Barclay recently exhibited  at the Liverpool Biennial (2016) and General Studies (2016) at Norwich’s Outpost.

Visit the Cubitt gallery event webpage for more details.**
Simeon Barclay, 'The Feast Wagon', (2015). Courtesy the artist. Photo by Jules Lister.
Simeon Barclay, ‘The Feast Wagon’, (2015). Courtesy the artist. Photo by Jules Lister.


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