SPEAKER: Dr. Simon Spain

Dr. Simon Spain

Simon Spain has over thirty years of experience in social arts practice with communities. Simon trained as a printmaker in the UK. Working internationally as an artist and presenter, Simon settled in Australia in 2004 to establish ArtPlay for the City of Melbourne, moving to Tasmania at the beginning of 2016. Following the completion of a Masters in Social Investment and Philanthropy in 2015 Simon completed a reflective practice PhD, taking as his area of research the transformative power of community engagement in the arts and the artists role in responding to the challenges of the 21st century. Simon was awarded the Australia Council for the Arts Fellowship in Cultural and Community Development in 2017 and is the Arts Leader for the B4 Early Years Coalition in Tasmania. His current project in Tasmania provides residency and capacity building opportunities for artists through his creative initiative, ‘All That We Are’. Simon is the Chair of RAA.