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Simon Faithfull

An Expanding Atlas of Subjectivity

The drawings are very restricted in their detail because of the tiny screen with its paltry number of pixels. But I like this discipline of making something meaningful with such reduced means, something akin to an economy of line.” - Simon Faithfull

More than 800 drawings created using an iPhone as a sketchbook will be displayed in a new exhibition by internationally acclaimed artist Simon Faithfull at Phoenix Square, across Leicester and online. The exhibition is the first in a programme of exhibitions and events supported by Phoenix Square’s ‘National Portfolio Organisation’ funding from Arts Council England.

From the streets of East London to the remote landscapes of Antarctica, the sketches provide a personal atlas of the world created by Faithfull over the past ten years; capturing a record of his presence in particular places, at particular moments, somewhere on the surface of the planet.

People can also view Faithfull’s work using his iPhone app – Limbo – on his website and via Twitter and Facebook, all of which present new sketches the moment they are made, and enable users to explore the artist’s work and travels.

Simon Faithfull lives and works in London and Berlin. He travelled to Antarctica with the British Antarctic Survey, sent a chair into space with a live video feed, and recently completed a major public art commission for the city of Liverpool. He has exhibited widely including at the BFI and Chisenhale galleries in London, and the CCA in Glasgow. His work has also been shown in New York, Paris, Spain, Berlin and Switzerland.

Limbo can be viewed at limbo.simonfaithfull.org and downloaded at the Apple App Store.

Curated by Phoenix Square and the Interact Gallery interactgallery.co.uk

Limbo is part of an ongoing series of  web- based artworks commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella. The project is supported by Leicestershire based website and app developers Cuttlefish and ArtSway.


Learn more about Simon Faithfull’s work and his exhibition at Phoenix Square in this fascinating talk from the internationally renowned artist. During the talk, Faithfull will discuss the development of his iPhone app and web based artwork Limbo and take part in a Q & A with members of the audience.

This is a free event but booking ahead is advised.

To reserve a place please call the box office on 0116 242 2800 or CLICK HERE