Simon Coates is a London-based artist, writer and curator. Coates creates artworks based on community and communication, and is the founder of Tse Tse Fly Middle East, the non-profit experimental arts and human rights project and production company.
Coates sees curation and event production as part of a practice that examines societal mores and behaviours as communicating modes. He produces a monthly two-hour Tse Tse Fly Middle East programme for UK-based arts radio station Resonance Extra and a monthly one-hour Ubu Kung sound collage for the Moscow-based station New New World Radio. Coates has produced Tse Tse Fly Middle East live events for the likes of the Maraya Arts Centre and the Alserkal art complex (both in the UAE), the UK's Other Worlds festival, Fringe Arts Bath festival and more.
His artwork has been exhibited at - among others - the Whitechapel Gallery, Conway Hall (London), Tunisia's Tunis Central gallery, Bristol's Caraboo Projects, Mülheim an der Ruhr in Germany, Turin's Paratissima Art Fair, Berlin's Art Claims Impulse Gallery, Egypt's Cairotronica, and at venues and festivals in the USA, Poland, Chile and the Netherlands. He has written for Harper's Bazaar Art Arabia, Contemporary Practices, The Face and other publications. Between 2014 and 2015 Coates managed the Dubai Community Arts Centre programming, among others, Trevor Noah, Chicago Shakespeare Company, Gulzar and the Moscow City Ballet, and curating art projects featuring Jeremy Deller, Sara Al Haddad, Vikram Divecha, Mohammed Kazem, Alvin Lucier and more.