Simeon Barclay (b. 1975, in Huddersfield, UK) received his BA from Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds in 2010 and an MFA from Goldsmiths College, London in 2014. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally including at Southbank Centre, Tate Britain, South London Gallery, London; Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool; Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Workplace Foundation, Gateshead; Holden Gallery, Manchester; The Tetley, Leeds; Cubitt Gallery, London; The Bluecoat, Liverpool; Jerwood Space, London; Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna; Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels; Arcadia Missa, New York and W139, Amsterdam. In 2021 he was been appointed as a member of the Art Council Collection Acquisition Committee and has been a board member of the Freelands Foundation, London since 2018. His work is in the Government Art Collection, UK, Arts Council Collection, London, Zabludowicz Collection, London and Manchester Art Gallery and Whitworth Art Gallery collection, Manchester.




2014 MFA Art Practice, Goldsmiths College, University of London  

2011 PG Diploma in Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London  

2010 B.A. (Hons) Fine Art [1st Class] Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds  


Selected Solo Exhibitions


England’s Lost Camelot, Workplace Gallery, London, UK


Bus2move, The Turnpike, Leigh, UK 


Bus2move, Workplace Foundation, Gateshead, UK 

Liferoom, The Holden Gallery, Manchester, UK 


Bus2move, The Tetley, Leeds, UK 


Art Now: Simeon Barclay, The Hero Wears Clay Shoes, Tate Britain, London, UK  


They Don't Like It Up 'Em', Cubitt, London, UK 


Where Did It All Go Wrong, Dam Projects, London, UK 

Mans Not Ready, Set the Controls for the Heart of The Sun, Leeds, UK 


Selected Group Exhibitions

Kaleidoscope, Workplace, London, Uk

Love is the Devil: Studies after Francis Bacon, Marlborough, London, UK


BOLD BLACK BRITISH, Christie’s, London, UK

Beano: The Art of Breaking the Rules, Somerset House, London, UK

Flatwork, Solid Haus, Woodbridge, UK

British Art Show 9, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen, UK

In the Castle of My Skin, MIMA, Middlesbrough, UK


Paint the Town in Sound, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, UK 

Winter Light, Southbank centre, London, UK 


Survey, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK 

Futbolka, Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham, WAL 

Survey, Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK 

Survey, G39, Cardiff, AL 


Survey, Jerwood Space, Jerwood Visual Arts, London, UK 

Knock Knock, South London Gallery, London, UK  

Common Third, Copperfield Gallery, London, UK 

It's Not There Till it's There, (joint show with Hannah Perry) Galerie  Kandlhofer, Vienna, CH 

We Are Where We Are, Baltic 39, Newcastle, UK 

Repeats (Figures and Infrastructures), Sixty Eight Art Institute, Copenhagen, DK 

2017 Exit, Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, BE 

Houses Are Really Bodies, Cubitt, London, UK  

On Longing, Arcadia Missa, New York, NY  

Wagstaff s, Mostyn, Llandudno, WAL

2016 Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK  

General Studies, Outpost, Norwich, UK 

Open Source Art Festival, Dalston, London, UK 

Playing by The Rules, The Royal Standard, Liverpool, UK  


A British Art Show, Meyhoas, NewYork, NY 

The Feast Wagon, The Tetley, Leeds, UK 

True Players, W139, Amsterdam, NL 

You think the only people who are peopleare the people who look like you. 

But if you walk in the footsteps of a strangeryou learn things you never knew you never knew, Two Queens, Leicester, UK 


MFA Fine Art Degree Show, Goldsmiths College, UK 2013

Wu Tang Killa Beez, BlipBlipBlip, Leeds, UK  

Tomorrow or Today, Soscastoa, Gent, BE 

Tomorrow or Today, Mexico Project Space, Leeds, UK  

Contemporary Figuration, Gallery Q, Copenhagen, DK

2012 Beaten BlackBlueRedGreen & Gold,Cardiff, WAL  

Glamourie, Project Space Leeds, Leeds, UK

2011Final Show Postgraduate Diploma, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK  

Lives and Works, Limazulu, London, UK 

My Space, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, UK


Plaza Principle, Leeds Plaza, Leeds, UK 

One of Those Platonic Solids Existing Somewhere Out In The Ether Of A World Of ldeal FormEnjoy, Unit 22c, Margate, Leeds

Graduate Show, Bloc Project, Sheffield, UK 

Watchamacalit, The One Offs Project, Leeds, UK 

Leeds Metropolitan Fine Art Degree Show, Leeds, UK 

Collection Continued .. ,The Private Gallery of Rachel Carter and Harry Meadley, Mabgate, Leeds, UK  


Residencies and Awards   


Appointed to the Arts Council Collection Acquisitions Committee

Art Fund Commission, British Art Show 9


Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Visual Artists

2018/19 Artist Fellow, University of Cambridge, Girton College, UK


Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant 

Phoenix Dance Theatre Residency, Leeds, UK 

The Bryan Robertson Trust Award 

Henry Moore Foundation Award

2016 Liverpool Biennial Associate Artists Programme 


A Jolly Lament in Four Movements Concerning A Hamlet by The Sea,  Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK Master Class, Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK  


Press & Publications   


Financial Times, British Art Show 9 finds healing in troubled times, By Rachel Spence


The Art Newspaper, How the Beano encouraged generations of artists to break the rules, by José da Silva 

Artnet news ‘9 Gallery Shows to See in London During Frieze Week’ By Naomi Rea

Burlington Contemporary, Simeon Barclay: England’s Lost Camelot, by Alex Hull 

The Face, Simeon Barclay on exclusion, Black mythology and Britain’s past, By TJ Sidhu

Commemorative Space - Artist Reflections on Monumentality in Leeds,  

edited by Dr Rebecca Senior 

Frieze, A New Regionalism, Amy Sherlock 

Art Monthly, Don't Look Back in Anger, Morgan Quaintance #443 


OOF, The Art and Football Magazine #6

Corridor 8, Bus2Move, Isabel Taube (review) 


Corridor 8, Liferoom, Jazmine Linklater (review) 

Corridor 8, Bus2Move, Laura Clarke (review) 

The White Pube, Bus2move, Gabrielle de la Puente (review) 

The Yorkshire Post, Bus2move, Yvette Huddleston (review) 

Poetic Dissonance, Girton College, University of Cambridge  

A-N, Q&A, with Amelia Crouch 


ID Magazine, The Radical Issue #351 2017  

Cura, Hot!, Frances Loeffler #26 

Artworks London, Lauren Velvick  

Art Monthly, Tom Emery, #403 (profile) 


Evening Standard, The Hero Wears Clay Shoes, Ben Luke 


Artforum, Critic's Picks, Philomena Epps 

Frieze, Playing by The Rules, Eleanor Clayton, #179 (review)  

The Feast Wagon, The Tetley  


Art Monthly, Feast Wagon, Tom Emery, # 392 (review)  

Corridor 8, Feast Wagon, Lara Eggleton (review)  

Corridor 8, Mans Not Ready, Hatty Nestor (Review)  

CVAN, A Jolly Lament in Four Movements Concerning A Hamlet by The Sea, Jack Welsh(review)  

Times Education Supplement, Lost and Found: Echoes of Britain's Black Voices, Alan Rice The Catlin Guide, edited by Justin Hammonds  



Government Art Collection, UK

Arts Council Collection, London

Zabludowicz Collection, London

Manchester Art Gallery and Whitworth Art Gallery collection, Manchester