Simona Ciocarlan is a Romanian artist based in Glasgow, United Kingdom.
Her work explores the relationship and impact between traditions and the modern era, investigating how our perception of the world is influenced by cultural heritage. Throughout her projects, she constantly seeks to reference diverse layers of personal history and collective memory that shape our identity.
Fascinated by folk textiles, Simona’s practice is focused on recurring themes such as belonging and sustainability, as she is devoted to exploring folk traditions and promote the safeguarding of our ancestor’s knowledge and cultural heritage awareness.


2018: First Class Honours Degree in Photography – University of the West of Scotland & City of Glasgow College

Awards and Recognitions

2021 Women Photograph International Community – Member

Portrait of Britain 2020 – Winner & publication by Hoxton Mini Press

Kolga Tbilisi International Photography Festival Award 2020 – Nominee

FORMAT Festival Shutter Hub Portfolio Award 2019 – Winner

Jill Todd Photographic Award 2018 – Highly Commended Awardee

Fòcas Document India 2017- 2018,“The Best Single Images”, Fòcas Scotland – Winner

Made Brave photography competition 2016, United Kingdom – Winner

“Images of Research 2015”, United Kingdom – Finalist

“Picture This 2014”, United Kingdom – Winner

“Shoot the Future”, OPEN Glasgow 2014, United Kingdom – Runner up

“My UK student postcard” 2014, Education UK – British Council – Finalist


Ways of Seeing, Collective exhibition, Glasgow Women’s Library – 29 October – 24 December 2020

Portrait of Britain, United Kingdom – September – November 2020

Time to Think, Festival Pil’Ours, Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, Collective exhibition, France — July 2020 – November 2020

NOW, FOR THE FUTURE, Look Photo Biennial at Open Eye Gallery, Collective exhibition Liverpool, UK – November 2019

LifeFramer Photography Prize, Officine Fotografiche Milano, Collective exhibition, Italy – October 2019

Street Level Open, Glasgow September 2019,  Collective exhibition, UK – September 2019

LifeFramer Photography Prize, Bermondsey Project Space London, Collective exhibition, UK – September 2019

STREET / FORM at Pow! Wow! Rotterdam, Collective exhibition, Netherlands – September 2019

New Photographers Guild: Still Searching… , Trongate 103, Collective exhibition, Glasgow, UK – July 2019

Time to Think, Festival Pil’Ours, Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, Collective exhibition, France – July 2019

Jill Todd Photographic Award, Street Level Photoworks, Collective exhibition, Glasgow, UK – December 2018

Futureproof, Street Level Photoworks, Collective exhibition, Irvine, UK – July 2018

Free Range, The Old Truman Brewery | Shoreditch London, Collective exhibition, UK – June 2018

Structured, Quartermile Edinburgh, Collective exhibition, UK – December 2017

Purvai Festival, An Laintar, “The Best Single Images”, Collective exhibition, Fòcas Scotland, UK – August 2017

Free Range, The Old Truman Brewery | Shoreditch London, Collective exhibition, UK – June 2017

Type 22, New Glasgow Society, Glasgow, Collective exhibition, UK – October 2016

Transitions, Theatre Royal, Collective exhibition, Glasgow, UK – May 2016

Picturing the Future, Technology & Innovation Centre Glasgow, Collective exhibition, UK – July 2015