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Lines of Empathy

Tags: Group Exhibition, Public Event
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Please join me, and sixteen other artists on Saturday 3rd June 2 - 5pm for the opening reception of Lines of Empathy, an exhibition of hand drawn works on paper.

This exhibition has its genesis during the Covid lockdowns, when the artist and curator Giulia Ricci decided to explore and interrogate how, where, why and with what, the chosen artists made their drawings - the hidden side of creating these works. The in-depth artists responses have been collated into a beautiful book under the same title, and this exhibition which displays the drawings talked about by each artists in the book.

During the opening event on the 3rd June, many of the artists will be in conversation about their works and Carali McCall will make a performance drawing - not to be missed.

06.57 Bankend 19.16   Simon Hitchens 55 copy

The drawing I have written about in the book, and which is exhibited is 06.57 Bankend 19.16, a durational day drawing tracing the shadows of an ancient Scottish rock and exploring the themes of time and transience.

Exhibition continues at CLOSE until 22nd July
Open by appointment HERE
Thurs - Fri 10am - 3pm
Saturday - 10am - 1pm


RA Summer Show

Tags: Group Exhibition
Maywick Noontide   Simon Hitchens 1

I am delighted to say that I will have this sculpture shown in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2023.

Made from cast iron it captures the briefest of moments as the sun's at its zenith on a particular day, in a particular place, at a particular time. This is the shadow of an ancient and now absent rock I found on parallel #60 on Shetland. It is part of a body of work which will be shown in a solo show this autumn, exploring the themes of time and transience.

Maywick Noontide   Simon Hitchens 2

RA Summer Exhibition opens:
13 June - 20 Aug
Tue - Sun - 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 9pm
Tickets: book HERE
Burlington House



Tags: Group Exhibition
Deconstructing Wholeness 19   Simon Hitchens

Its a delight to be showing these works alongside fellow sculptors from the Royal Society of Sculptors.

Deconstructing Wholeness 21   Simon Hitchens

The exhibition is titled Congregation and, for a brief moment, celebrates relationships between artists and the seasons, namely the Vernal Equinox.

Deconstructing Wholeness 28   Simon Hitchens

These three drawings originate from shadows of stones found local to my Somerset studio. I set up a system of prescribed rules and let them run, not knowing how the final drawing will appear.

Maywick Noontide   Simon Hitchens 1

This sculpture is the noontide shadow cast of an ancient and now absent rock. Capturing the very a briefest moments in time, it records celestial time, geological time and human time.

Location: The Chapel, Tuckingmill, Tisbury, SP3 6JB
Dates: 24-26 March 2023
Open: 12 - 4pm.

Anima Mundi Gallery

Tags: Group Exhibition
05.57 18.4028.03.19ST252148   Simon Hitchens

I am delighted to be exhibiting this durational day drawing 05.57-18.40/28.03.19/ST252148 in the online exhibition Ostara.

Ostara: the spring fertility festival that honours the goddess of the dawn; Eostra, meaning East, from where the sun rises. It marks the vernal equinox; the moment in the year, when light overtake is darkness. Relevant to this drawing which was made a few days after the vernal equinox, a few years ago.

As the Sun rose in the east, it cast a westerly shadow over a stone I found in the field where I made this drawing. Drawing continuously, tracing and chasing the ever moving shadow for the duration of the 12 hour sunlight day, I became profoundly aware of the rotation of planet Earth beneath my feet, and the relationship all life on Earth has to our nearest star.
Online from 12/3 - 28/4/23


Lines of Empathy

Tags: Group Exhibition

31 January 2023

06.57 Bankend 19.16   Simon Hitchens 55 2

Curated by Giulia Ricci, this group exhibition of 17 artists who draw on paper, is accompanied by an in-depth book of research by the same name. The exhibition and book explores and interrogates what it means to draw: cognitively, physically, perceptually, intellectually and emotionally.

It's a rich and unusually in-depth interrogation into drawing. As processed based and durational drawings are part of my practice, this has been a rewarding opportunity, to put pen to paper about so many different aspects of what it takes to make one of these drawings. Its also a privilege to show alongside so many interesting fellow artists: Fay Ballard | Duncan Bullen | Lucinda Burgess | Helen Cass | Rachel Duckhouse | Mary Griffiths | Simon Hitchens | Louise Hopkins | Carali McCall | Onya McCausland | Anna Mossman | David Murphy | Peter Peri | Kathy Prendergast | Giulia Ricci | Wendy Smith | Kate Terry

Dates: 2 - 25th February 2023
Venue: Patrick Heide Contemporary Art
11 Church Street
London, NW8 8EE
Open 12-5pm Wednesday - Saturday



Tags: Group Exhibition

28 January 2023

Simon Hitchens    A certain recirpocity 2

I'm delighted to have my sculpture A Certain Reciprocity #2 included in the AnimaMundi Gallery online exhibition IMBOLC.

Body/wax, animate/inanimate - where does sentience start and finish? How do we perceive the world? What is our relationship to rock, the material and it’s deep time origin? Can we engage with the world differently if we begin to comprehend our own transience to that of rock?

The show can be viewed through the link below - it’s a beautifully curated coming together of different artists and ideas.
Dates: 28 January - 10 March 2023


Southampton City Art Gallery

Tags: Group Exhibition

12 November 2022

Evolving landscapes

Simon Hitchens   Dark Shadow Falling 1.JPG

It's such a pleasure to be showing alongside my father John, grandfather Ivon, and great grandfather Alfred, in the exhibition The Hitchens Family: A Shared Love Of Landscape. Rarely do I get the chance to show alongside them and further understand our common threads: the theme of Landscape is obvious, but the subtleties of what Landscape mean are deep and various. My father had a broad and impressive retrospective here in 2020, where his familiar earlier paintings were in conversation with more recent abstractions and explorations into sculpture. My grandfather needs no introduction, but my great grandfather, Alfred, is often overlooked. His trade of portraiture was very accomplished, as too were his grander Pre-Raphaelite style canvases, but his intimate and quiet pastel landscapes are a delight to rival Samuel Palmer.

Simon Hitchens   Dark Shadow Falling 2.JPG

My brooding black sculpture of a brief moment in time when the midday sun cast a shadow from an ancient and now absent rock, takes the exploration of landscape in a different direction. And my durational day drawing of shadows cast from a rock; recording celestial time, geological time and human time, firmly route my work in the tradition of landscape art.

06.16-20.08/15.04.20/ST252148 | Ink on paper | 50 x 70cm. | 2020

My creative immersion in landscape has only grown as I grow older and I give thanks for such a rich source of material worthy of further explorations into what it means to be human. This exhibition in the beautiful yet under-acknowledged Southampton City Art Gallery adds to themes of current national exhibitions exploring Landscape.

Exhibition continues until 4th March 2023
Open: 10am-3pm Mon-Fri
10am-5pm Sat
Closed Sun
T: 0238 083 4536
Commercial Road, Southampton, SO14 7LP



Tags: Group Exhibition

Anima Mundi Gallery have a particularly fine tuned feel for the rhythm of the seasons and are holding group exhibitions around this under the collective title The Wheel Of The Year. The current exhibition is titled Samhain: a Gaelic festival which marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the darker, winter season.

Casting a Shadow Over The Cambrian | Carbon, wax, Crystalcal | 17 x 10.5 x 42.5 cm. | 2020

I am truly delighted to be part of this topical and sensitive exhibition, by showing my sculpture Casting A Shadow Over The Cambrian. This is the cast shadow of an ancient piece of rock from the Paleozoic period as the midday sun fell upon its highly textured and weathered surfaces.

Casting a Shadow Over The Cambrian | Carbon, wax, Crystalcal | 17 x 10.5 x 42.5 cm. | 2020

Exhibition viewable at
open 24/7 . 29th Oct - 16th Dec
For further information:
T: +44 (0) 1736 793121


Shadows in the RWA

Tags: Group Exhibition

As an RWA Academician, I'm delighted to be showing two new works within the 169 Annual Open.

Pause | Concrete | 36 x 59 x 14 cm. | 2021

I am exhibiting a sculpture titled Pause, a direct cast in concrete of an ancient rock and the brief moment in time when it cast a shadow at midday - human time, celestial time and geological time united.

The drawing titled 05.26-20.52/13.05.19/ST252149 is a durational drawing of a different, but equally ancient stone. A fifteen hour, non-stop drawing of the stone's shadow as the sun swept over my head between sunrise and sunset: made in, of and about the landscape.

05.26-20.52/13.05.19/ST252149 | Ink on paper | 50 x 70cm. | 2019

These works continue themes I have been working on for a number of years; exploring time, transience and a shared reciprocity of the world we live in.

Exhibition runs until 8th January 2023
Open: Tue-Sun, 10am-5pm
Queens Rd
T: 0117 973 5129


Cathedral makeover

Tags: Group Exhibition, Public Space

I am truly delighted, honoured even, to be showing my recent sculpture, Bearing Witness to Things Unseen at the centre of Chichester cathedral's nave. The forms part of an exhibition curated by Jacquiline Creswell of 25 sculptors from the Royal Society of Sculptors, in an exhibition titled Together We Rise.

Simon Hitchens   Bearing Witness to Things Unseen 1

Entering Chichester Cathedral from the western door, you are confronted by an irregular shaped, polished black portal standing central to the nave on its flag-stone floor. Appearing as an absence of space and matter within the fabric of the cathedral, this phenomenon holds your reflection as you approach.

Simon Hitchens   Bearing Witness to Things Unseen 2 2

Walking past the reflective portal reveals its dense black surface; parallel grooves and ridges running along its length as if having been extruded. Contrasting with the flat polished western end, the eastern end is a cave-like void, a craggy cast of a boulder which is now absent. This is the shadow of an ancient rock, cast by the rising sun on the equinox.

Simon Hitchens   Bearing Witness to Things Unseen. 7.JPG

This uncanny object has a significant human presence because of its associative height and width and the ability to see oneself reflected in the flat polished western surface. It references time: deep geological time, celestial time and human time. Consequently, it also speaks of transience and the interconnected nature of what we share with the world and, importantly, of things larger than ourselves.

Simon Hitchens   Bearing Witness to Things Unseen 3

For more information about the exhibition, and interviews with the artists, click HERE.

Exhibition open: 27 June - 6 September
Mon - Sat 9am-5pm
Sun - 12pm-2pm
Chichester Cathedral
West Street
PO19 1PX
01243 782595

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