Beat Back

Leeds Industrial Museum


Will Simpson

William Simpson is a filmmaker and video artist whose work appears on the stage, screen and in exhibition. He studied Film and TV Production in Manchester (2001) and has worked freelance since graduating. Most recently he founded and works as Creative Director at the creative arts and film company, Omni Studio.

Recent video design, projection credits and work has appeared in shows such as Rocky Das Musical (Stuttgart, Stage Entertainment), Derren Brown - Miracle (National tour), Theatre of Illumination (Light Night Leeds), the European stage premiere of The Kite Runner (Nottingham Playhouse); the award winning adaptation of Of Mice and Men by Mike Kenny (Mind the Gap); Clockwork (National Theatre); Mapping the City (Slunglow); The Mamba (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Piano Circus – Trilogies (Kings Place).

During his artistic residency at Leeds Industrial Museum, Will has been inspired by the collection of original film and still cameras in the Museum collection, and how they link to the pioneering role Leeds played in the development of the moving image. He will be collecting stories and experiences from the Mill to bring the movement of people through the Museum back to life.