Simon Beckmann is an artist, designer and ecologist. He is also co-founder and director of Joya: arte + ecología a not for profit arts organisation based in the Parque Natural Sierra María – Los Vélez, Vélez Blanco, Almería, Andalucía, Spain.
Simon grew up in the small industrial town of Glossop in Derbyshire on the edge of the ‘Dark Peak’. He studied Fine Art BA (Hons) at Manchester University and Fine Art MA at The Royal Academy Schools in London. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society (with IBG). He now teaches art and continues his own practice through the Joya: arte + ecología programme.