Simon Perry is a highly awarded and publicly recognised sculptor and was awarded the prestigious Prix de Rome and the Royal Academy Gold Medal for Sculpture. Over the last 20 years the focus of his art practice has been the design and production of urban public art, and he is associated with significant and high-profile works in Australia, including: Public Address (2005), Federation Square; The John Mockridge Fountain (2000), Melbourne City Square; Threaded Field (2000), Docklands Stadium; and Public Purse (1994) Bourke Street Mall Melbourne. These projects have involved working collaboratively with large teams of artists, industry partners and multidisciplinary design teams. His more recent interest in the emerging field of art and ecology is demonstrated by his participation in a pioneering international exhibition HEAT: Art and Climate Change.
Perry is recognised for his experience and knowledge of public art practice and legislation. He has been selected to sit on number of public art advisory boards for major international and national organisations, and was a consultant for the new environmentally sustainable Melbourne City Council building, CH2. He has been an advisor to government on commissioning strategies for public art, and has also been selected to judge major public art and sculpture competitions in Australia and internationally, including the City of Hong Kong Public Art Competition and Government of Western Australia International Sculpture Competition. As a lecturer, Perry co-created a new educational model for international collaboration for art students at RMIT University and Chelsea University of the Arts (London). The International Virtual Studio Project, 2005-2007 used live web-technologies to develop creative communication exchanges between students working on parallel installations in different physical locations.
For Spatial Dialogues Simon Perry will produce a number of individual and collaborative art works that focus upon activating the public realm. These works will take the form of a number of site responsive sculptural installations, which incorporate objects, spatial structures, sound and screen based media architecture and performance.