Simon Reekie


Course Leader - Contemporary Art Practice


  • Course Leader – Contemporary Art Practice
  • Lecturer – Art and Design
  • Personal Academic Tutor


  • MSc, Art Psychotherapy International (distinction) – Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
  • PGDE, Art and Design – University of the West of Scotland
  • MFA, Painting and Drawing – the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • BA (1st class Honours), Fine Art – Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design
  • BSc (2.1 Honours), Biotechnology – Abertay University


Simon Reekie


Teaching Subjects

  • Drawing and Painting
  • Contextual Studies and Art History Studies
  • Professional Practice
  • Collaborative Practice
  • Professional Exhibitions

Technical/ Research Interests

  • Creativity and health
  • The psychology of art and artists
  • Art Psychotherapy
  • Drawing and painting
  • Creativity and pedagogy

Employment History

  • I am a professional artist and I exhibit my work nationally and internationally.  My work is held in many public and private collections.
  • I set up and run a company that delivers art teaching, community art workshops, and creativity and health and wellbeing workshops.  Clients include Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee City Council, Perth and Kinross Council, the University of Dundee and Art Angel Dundee.
  • I work as an Art Psychotherapist for Barnardo’s Child and Family Services.
  • I have lectured and tutored extensively within the higher education sector, including work at the University of the Highlands and Islands, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (University of Dundee).
  • I am a fully qualified Art and Design teacher and I have taught in Dundee schools.
  • Prior to undertaking formal art training I was a molecular biologist where I researched DNA capture for forensic applications.

Honors and Awards

  • Fulbright Scholar
  • Royal Scottish Academy’s John Kinross Scholar
  • Royal Scottish Academy’s Linda Clark Nolan Scholar
  • Scottish International Education Trust Scholar
  • St Andrews Society of Washington DC’s James and Mary Dawson Scholar
  • Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation Award recipient
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago International Scholarship recipient
  • Duncan of Jordanstone, Sandra McNeilance Memorial Prize for Painting Recipient
  • The Roger & Sarah Bancroft Clark Charitable Trust recipient
  • The Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust recipient
  • City of Dundee Educational Trust Award recipient
  • Southdown Trust Award recipient


  • Fully registered with the General Teaching Council of Scotland
  • Fully registered with the British Association of Art Therapists
  • Fully registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Associate of the Teaching Company Directorate
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy