Simon Carter

b. 1961

Simon Carter is an artist and curator, born in Chelmsford, Essex. He studied at Colchester Institute (1980–81) and then North East London Polytechnic (1981–84).

In 2013 he collaborated with artist Robert Priseman to form the artist led group Contemporary British Painting and then the ‘East Contemporary Art Collection’, the first dedicated collection of contemporary art for the East of England which is housed at the University of Suffolk, Ipswich.

Carter is President of Colchester Art Society and has been Artist-in-residence at the University of Essex and Firstsite, Colchester. He is represented internationally by Messum’s.



2018 Uppingham School, Rutland
2018 Simon Carter, Messum’s Wiltshire
2018 Simon Carter, Messum’s, London
2017 Signs and Wonders, Hayletts Gallery, Essex
2017 Approaching the Remote, The Minories, Essex
2016 Simon Carter: Paintings, SEA Foundation, Tilburg, The Netherlands
2015 The Series Paintings, Messum’s, London
2014 A Walk in the Park, Art Exchange, University of Essex
2013 The Crypt, St. Marylebone Parish Church, London
2013 The Shapes of Light, Messums’s, London
2011 Borderlines, Messum’s, London
2010 Promenade, University of Essex Gallery, Essex
2010 On the Road, Walton Fine Art, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk


2017 Wallace Seymour Prize, Royal Watercolour Society
2015 Daler-Rowney Prize, Royal Watercolour Society
2007 Artist in Residence, Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester, Essex
2006 Thomas Hoblyn and Simon Carter, RHS gold medal, show garden at Hampton Court
2005 Escalator Visual Arts, Arts Council England East and Commissions East
2005 Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England East