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

He makes music videos, co-directs 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.

This tumblr blog has a bunch of behind the scenes pics.

More up to date things on instagram and twitter

Contact at simonmcward@gmail.com





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


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

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

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.