Simon Read is a visual artist and Associate Professor of Fine Art at Middlesex University London. As someone who has an intimate understanding of coastal dynamics, he has used his position as a senior academic to foster discussion on an interdisciplinary and international basis over the vital importance of understanding the cultural implications of environmental change.
Aside from the study that generated this publication, he is actively engaged at a community level in Suffolk with estuary management schemes. Ongoing and recent research projects include CoastWEB, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and led by Plymouth Marine Laboratory, to use locations on the Welsh coast in a study of the community benefits of a healthy intertidal saltmarsh environment.
His studio work has been exhibited widely both in the UK and abroad and is held in several major national and international collections. He has carried out several public commissions, including “A Profile of the River Thames, from Thames Head to Sea Reach” for the Thames Flood Barrier (1996) and “Memory and the Tideline” for the flood defence works on Poole Town Quay (2001).
Simon Read owes his interest in coastal dynamics to a lifelong enthusiasm for all things marine and to a life afloat and aground on the Suffolk coast.