Simon Grennan

Dr Simon Grennan

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Fine Art, University of Chester

Contact Details


Telephone: 09178 780540

Postal Address: The Lodge, Pickhill Hall, Wrexham, LL13 0UG


Biography and Research Interests

Simon Grennan has been practicing internationally as an artist since 1990. As part of collaborative artists team Grennan & Sperandio, he is well known as a pioneer of interventionist, New Genre and post-relational practice, through publishing, television and social action projects. Grennan & Sperandio transform and present the narratives of friends’, relatives’ and strangers’ lives into objects, events and situations, de-mystify artistic processes and bringing a variety of publics into the world of art. Simon has also been Director of Viewpoint Photography Gallery, Salford and Director of Public Art Forum (now IXIA).

Research interests: visual narratology, participatory arts practice


2012            Demonstrating discours: two comic strip projects in self-constraint Studies in Comics 2.2

2012            From Here to the Imaginary and Back, NGBK Berlin/U-10, Berlin

2011            Unsichtbare Stadt, NGBK Berlin/U-10, Berlin

2010            Profound Colours, Lanternhouse, Ulverston

2010            Siege and Storm, Tyne and Wear Museums, Newcastle

2009            Wisdom of Barrhead and Neilston, Barrhead Housing, Glasgow

2009            Wisdom of Caia Park, Cai Park Communities First, Wrexham,

2009            Bloomfield Talks, Blackpool Borough Council, Blackpool

2009            Seige and Storm, Tyne and Wear Museum Service, Newcastle, England

2009            The Wisdom of Barrhead and Neilston, BHA, Glasgow, Scotland

2009            The Wisdom of Caia Park” Caia Park, CPCF, Wrexham, England

2008            South Oxhey Library Book, Gunpowder Park, England

2008            Giant Psychic Avatars of Salford, The Lorwy, Salford, England

2008            Becoming Modern, Oreil Davies, Newtown, Wales

2008            Kartoon Kings, West Virginia University Press, Morgantown, USA

2008            The Art Below / Without Art I’m Nothing, Audiences Wales, Cardiff

2007            Making It, Northampton Museums Service

2006            The Conversationalists, English Heritage, Berwick-upon-Tweed

2006            Back Then Right Now, AMH, Winchester

2005            Out of the Dark, English Heritage, Thetford

2005            Here is Wherever, Sussex Arts Marketing, Brighton

2004            Energy, Livesey Museum, London, England

2004            Strange Cargo, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, England

2003            Comic Release, Zzdap Publishing, Pasadena

2003            One Place After Another, MIT Press, New York, US

2002            What in the World?, Arts About Manchester, Manchester, England

2002            Modern Masters, MoMA/PS1, New York, USA

2001            Glasgow 16/25, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow.

1999            The Invisible City, Public Art Fund, New York

1999            Art School Superstars, School of the Museum, Boston

1999            Buried Treasures. Photo98, England.

1998            The Peasant and the Devil. Seattle Art Museum, Seattle.

1998            Out of Here. Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.

1998            Ghost on the Stair. Art Transpennine 98, England.

1997            Revenge. Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.

1997            One Hundred. National Museum of Photography, Bradford.

1996            Dirt. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

1996            Cartoon Hits. London. Institute of Contemporary Arts.

1995            Times Like These… Manchester. Cornerhouse.

1995            Life in Prison. Fantagraphics.

1994            Recollections. San Francisco. Centre for the Arts.

1994            Six Eastbourne Dentists. Eastbourne. Towner Art Gallery .

1994            Everyone in Farnham. Farnham. James Hockey Gallery.

1994            Maintenance. New York. College of DuPage.

1993            Anyone in New York. New York. New York University.

1992            At Home with the Collection. New York. Bootstrap.

1990            The Body Chicago, Bootstrap.

Conference Papers and Talks

Grennan, S. (2011), ‘Demonstrating ‘discours’: two comic strip projects in self-constraint’, paper presented to the International Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, University of Alcala, Madrid, 10-12 November.

Grennan, S. (2011) ‘Demonstrating discours: two comic strip projects in self-constraint’, paper presented to Comica Conference ‘Transitions 2’, London, 05 November.

Grennan, S. (2010) ‘The story of the story: alterity, intentionality and subjectivity in comics theory and practice’, paper presented to Comics Forum, Leeds, 19 November.

Grennan, S. (2010) ‘Three experiments with drawing style: time and the displaced subject in comic strips’, paper presented to the International Association for Media and Communications Research Conference, Braga, 21 July

Grennan, S. (2010) ‘Positioning style: genre and the displacement of the subject in contemporary English language comic strips’, paper presented to the Graphic Novels and Comics Conference, Manchester 13-14 April.

Grennan, S. (2010) ‘Reading Seth through appropriation theory’, paper presented to the College Art Association Annual Conference, Chicago, 13 February.


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