Simon Ripley is an artist, printmaker and a Director of Exeter’s Double Elephant Print Workshop.
In the past Simon worked as a legal advisor to asylum seekers and spent time with the UN High Commission for Refugees in Sudan and Hong Kong. It is perhaps this perspective that led Simon to initiate the community print workshop which strives to reach out to people of all ages and abilities through art in the form of printmaking. Last year Double Elephant won the South West Arts in Health Award for its Print on Prescription scheme supporting people with poor mental health to develop art projects. In recent years Simon has undertaken a range of hospital based residencies focused on an exploration of dementia. In 2010 he was Associate Artist at Derriford Hospital Plymouth where he developed a successful programme of art with elderly patients and this has led him on to work currently with people living with dementia in Franklyn Hospital, Exeter. In addition to delivering art workshops in the hospital, one of the aims of the project is for Simon to make his own art work in response to the experience. You can follow the process on the blog at www.simonripley.co.uk.
Simon exhibits nationally and internatiionally and his works are featured in collections held by The Bank of England, South Devon Healthcare Trust, Nottingham City Hospital, Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, Exeter University, Starbucks, Somerset County Council, Twickenham Rugby Football Union, The Victoria & Albert Museum, Direct Action Centre for Peace and Memory, Cape Town, South Africa and in private collections in the UK, USA and Japan.
Examples of Simon’s work will be hanging in the Exeter Northcott Theatre’s auditorium during TEDxExeter – abstract meditations which explore through colour a search for understanding the world around us.