Trained as a sculptor, printmaker and painter, Simon Normand has lived and worked with elders in southern Arnhem Land for over 25 years. His on-going cultural mapping projects in collaboration with the Ngukurr community on the Roper River document a long time love affair with the landscape of the Northern Territory and the first peoples who still intimately “hold on to” one of the most remote and unknown parts of Australia.
Working as a full-time artist, Normand has exhibited his work across Australia in both solo and group exhibitions. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and commissions such as; Armistice Mosaics (2018), Austin Repatriation Hospital, State and Federal Government 100th Anniversary Armistice Project; Indigenous Cultural Mapping (2017-18), Limmen National Marine Park, Northern Territory, funded by Australian Federal Government; Indigenous (Wurundjeri) Labyrinth (2017), Camberwell Girls Grammar; Kaans Winya (2016), Indigenous themed playground, Fairfield Primary School.
More recently Normand has been completing a body of work centred on Ludwig Leichhardt, the first European to travel through the Northern Territory in 1845.