Simon Terrill: Crowd Theory

National Exhibition Register

  • Crowd Theory - Southbank
    Simon Terrill Crowd Theory - Southbank, 2007
    type c print
    180 x 240cm
    Image Credit
    © the artist, produced in association with Footscray Art Centre and City of Melbourne

About the exhibition

Crowd Theory is an ongoing series of photographic and performance based events with crowds, communities and the spaces they occupy. Following a period of location research, Terrill begins by inviting anyone and everyone who has an association with that place to be a part of the image. From there an idea of a crowd portrait emerges.

The work places Australian and British culture in counterpoint, where the architecture, public housing and the way communities inhabit public space are foregrounded. Terrill is now based in London and this exhibition presents an opportunity to celebrate an Australian artist whose practice has bridged the divide between Australia and Britain in an ambitious, critical, engaging and ultimately telling manner.The works are monumental in their conception yet glorious and political in their realisation.

Over a period of 13 years Terrill has continued to develop his ongoing series Crowd Theory, researching communities, the spaces they occupy and photographing performative events with these crowds. Terrill first shot Crowd Theory at the Footscray Arts Centre in 2004, continuing to shoot in Melbourne, Adelaide and London. Last year Terrill shot the 10th project in Thamesmead, London. This exhibition will unite the various parts of Crowd Theory and provide a comprehensive retrospective of the project. It will be the first instance that the complete ten projects of the series will be shown together as a single whole. Terrill is producing a new large-scale video installation exploring the cognitive dissonance around the experience of place as an individual and then as a member of a crowd. Architecture will be a theatrical backdrop experienced personally and collectively.

The elements of the exhibition include:

·         10 C-type photographs, one from each part of the series, printed at full scale

·         a multi-screen video work

·         2 single-channel video works

·         all audio-visual equipment

·         catalogue and learning resource

·         public programs with Simon Terrill


This project has been produced in partnership with the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne.

Artists and Curator


Simon Terrill

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
01/09/2019 onwards
Exhibition size
Between 75-100 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
NETS Victoria & CCP
Contact to discuss
Accompanying materials available
Catalogue/Book, Digital Catalogue, Education Kit, Exhibition Tour Manual, Installation Support Available, Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Labels, Media Kit, Public Program Opportunities, Signage
Primary contact
Mardi Nowak
NETS Victoria
+61 3 8620 2002