Simon Parsons & Nigel Gaunt

5th September – 22nd September

Simon Parsons designs and makes contemporary furniture based on mathematical formulas and a love of wood.  He has a strong desire to make the most of wood as a precious resource, and has a particular appreciation of Australian native species.  Most of the wood he uses is recycled.
Since he was 6 years old, his grandfather, William Oakley, the head carpenter at Windsor Castle until early 1980’s, made sure Simon had access to a steady stream of timber cut-offs to work with his simple set of tools. The enthusiasm for fashioning usable objects from scraps of wood never left him and Simon went ton to study furniture design and craftsmanship.

Nigel’s introduction to Photography was when his father gave him an Ilford Sporti camera for his 8th birthday.  He was 18 when he commenced his Diploma in Advertising and Fashion Photography at Medway College of Art and Design in Rochester Kent, U.K.  In 1982 aged 27, Nigel came to Australia for a holiday and never went back! While in Perth WA, he worked for various photographic studios and was soon directing his own studio in Mandurah.

“My images let people view how I see the beauty and ruggedness of the North West landscape, the places they have been to but have never really seen before.”  In July 2006 Nigel held his first solo exhibition, “Dreaming of Water” in Broome’s The Bay Gallery. During the next nine years he won numerous local photographic awards and was involved in many community photographic events.  Nigel is a founding member of the Fremantle Centre for Creative Photography (FCCP).