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Simon Ryder

Winchester Science Centre

From a Gothic cathedral to a 1970s milking parlour, from the mudflats of the National Wetlands Centre Wales to the cells of HMP The Verne, Simon Ryder has worked as artist-in-residence in a wide variety of locations around the country and abroad. For him the value of residencies is two-fold: first, it lies in discovering how we relate to individual places, how, as the author Robert MacFarlane puts it, places "have long offered us keen way of figuring ourselves to ourselves, strong means of shaping memories and giving form to thought"; second, it lies in being flexible and choosing processes or technologies that are in some way indigenous to each location to make his next piece. To see how this works in practice, Simon keeps an online journal of his work-in-progress at


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