As a senior conservator at the V&A, Simon Fleury is currently responsible for the conservation and care of the Museum’s photograph collections. This wide ranging role is underpinned by a background in photography, which has included extensive commercial experience, postgraduate study at the Royal College of Art, and an on-going research-led practice.
Fleury is also actively involved in promoting conservation centred arts projects at the V&A. This has included organising and chairing a recent roundtable discussion exploring the emerging field of ’experimental preservation’ (featured in the publication, Experimental Preservation, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Lars Müller Press, 2016) and a project with the artist Marie Lund, and several paper conservators, which investigated the practice and ethics of conservation, through the collaborative making of a new artwork, for the exhibition Best Laid Plans, at the Drawing Room, London.
Fleury’s practice-led research fabricates new museum(-objects) with which to explore and test the intimate entangling relations between artworks and their environments in the museum. These encounters include the cultural care-takers, their techniques and technologies of capture, and the infrastructure of corresponding informational artifacts. This research is the basis of a PhD study at Birmingham School of Art and Design (M3C AHRC).