Simon Ward is a video maker and animator from Wellington New Zealand.

He has made over 50 music videos …

Co-directed three seasons of the animated comedy series, Aroha Bridge, with Jessica Hansell through Piki Films

And collaborates with visual artist Jess Johnson, turning her drawings into animated videos and virtual reality artworks.



Hayden, Leonie “Coco Solid on the return of Aroha Bridge and the fight for IhumātaoThe Spinoff, July 25th, 2019

Lopesi, Lana “Finally, a TV series that reflects intelligent young brown people – and foretells IhumātaoNoted, Aug 22 2019

Aoake, Miriama “A Crock-pot of Crack-ups: On Aroha BridgeThe Pantograph Punch, Sept 9th, 2019 

Behan, Alex “Why Kiwi animation will never be the same after Aroha BridgeStuff, July 25th, 2019


Capp, Memm, “Review: Terminus, Heide Museum of Modern Art (VIC)“, Arts, Feb 2020

Lyon, Hester “TERMINUS at Heide Museum of Modern Art,” Vault: Australasian Art & Culture (website), 2020.

Dunn, Megan and Mark Amery. “Art on a shelf: 2019 in review,” The Spinoff (website), 21 December 2019.

Neon Meat Dream: The Otherworldly Work of Jess Johnson @ Nanzuka Underground, Tokyo,” Juxtapoz (website), 18 December 2019.

Wilson, Emma Kate. “Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds,” (interview), Ocula, 15 November 2019.

Wallen, Doug. “A Surreal Psychedelic VR Adventure Comes to Heide,” Broadsheet (website), 14 November 2019.

Smith, Andy. “Jess Johnson, Simon Ward Bring ‘Terminus’ to Heide Museum,” Hi-Fructose (website), November 6, 2019.

“Everything not saved will be lost: The Art of Jess Johnson,” Hi-Fructose Magazine, Vol. 53, 2019.

The Project. Interview at Tauranga Art Gallery, Friday, July 19, 2019. TV3, New Zealand.

Coney, Hamish. “Resident Alien: an Interview with Jess Johnson,” newsroom, April 12, 2019.

Lifehacks for Creatives,” The Big Idea, July 15, 2019.

Thwaites, Denise. “Ways of (not) seeing: Structures of visibility in VR,” Artlink, Issue 38:4, December 2018.

Frasier, Suzanne. “Terminus: Jess Johnson and Simon Ward,” Un Projects, September 27, 2018.

Kiwi Jess Johnson designs for stars,” New Zealand Herald, August 2018.

Amery, Mark. “Creating New Worlds – Jess Johnston & Simon Ward,” Radio New Zealand Interview, June 2018.

Jess Johnson & Simon Ward” (video interview), National Gallery of Australia, June 2018.

Babington, Jaklyn. Terminus Artist Interview, National Gallery of Australia, May 2018.

Christian, Dionne. “Artists in residence: Where artists find their happy place,” New Zealand Herald, May 2018.

Fazel, Mahmood. “Can VR Change the Way We Engage with Contemporary Art?Vice Magazine, May 2018.

Gordan, Margaret. “Surreal virtual reality show Terminus moves viewers to tears,” Sydney Morning Herald, May 2018.

Hills Duty, Rebecca. “New surreal VR exhibit Terminus opens at National Gallery Australia,” VR Focus, May 2018.

Black, Michael. “Tour the trippy world of virtual reality with Terminus at National Gallery,” ABC News, May 2018.

Gordan, Margaret. “Mind bending virtual reality work opens at National Gallery,” Fairfax Video, May 2018.

Walters Prize nominees announced,” New Zealand Herald, March 2018.

Wyma, Chloe. “Jess Johnson at Jack Hanley Gallery,” ArtForum, November 2017.

Caroline, Jessica. “Caught In Eternal Digital Glitches” (interview), Filthy Dreams, October 2017.

Smith, Andy. “Jess Johnson’s Otherworldly Drawings,” Hi-Fructose, September 2017.

Pellerin, Ananda. “Whol Why Wurld,” Nowness, Editors Picks, September 2017.

Jess Johnson at Jack Hanley Gallery,” Art Viewer, September 2017.

Huxley, Will. Artist Profile + Video Interview, Art Makers, ABC Arts, May 2017.

Laird, Tessa, “Jess Johnson & Simon Ward,” Carriageworks Catalog, 2017.

Gavin, Holly. “Jess Johnson brings together scifi and high technology with aplomb for her Talbot Rice solo show,” The Skinny, September 2016.

Thorpe, Harriet. “Jess Johnson: My work is a visual stew” (profile), Studio International, September 2016.

Nunes, Andrew. “Dune Meets Psychedelic VR in a New Immersive Art Experience,” Creators / Vice TV, August 2016.

Jess Johnson and Simon Ward: Eclectrc Panoptic,” Art In Scotland TV, July 2016.

Szilak, Ilya. “Jess Johnson and the New Language of Virtual Reality,” (profile) Huffington Post, July 2016.

Pasture, Dylan. “The gorgeous, unsettling worlds of Jess Johnson,” Versions, April 2016.

Mullally, Liam. “Panoptical illusions” (interview/profile), The Nouse, March 2016.

Bentley, Serena. “Jess Johnson: Wurm Haus” (exhibition essay), NGV website, 2015.

Ross, Annabel. “Through the wormhole,” Sydney Morning Herald, December 2015.

Alber, Tom. “Oculus Rift Artwork or Out-of-Body Experience?Creators / Vice Magazine, December 2015.

Capp, Mem. “Jess Johnson: Wurm Haus” (review), ArtsHub, December 2015.

Cox, Will. “Jess Johnson’s Wurm Haus” (review), Broadsheet Magazine, December 2015.

Lang, Ben. “‘Ixian Gate’ is a Mind-Bending VR Ride Through the World of Artist Jess Johnson” (review), Road to VR, September 2015.

Gordon, Margaret. “Talking Oculus Rift Artwork with Jess Johnson & Simon Ward” (interview), Creators / Vice Magazine, July 2015.