Matt has been a professional artist for over 15 years. He originally trained as an engineer but decided instead to follow a career in sculpture. Taking an MA in sculpture at Winchester School of Art and subsequently becoming artist in residence at Whitnash Nursery has led to his involvement in numerous creative play projects throughout the UK and overseas.
Working in collaboration with schools, galleries and communities he has created many large-scale structures, objects, and environments that provoke participation and enquiry into creative processes. The use of simple but open-ended materials has supported these processes and is an important part of encouraging children and adults of all abilities and ages to play, explore and create freely.
Recording these processes and documenting how they change a space has also supported this work and he has used various methods to do this including time-lapse, photography and video. Playing these recordings back to participants in real time has embedded a highly reflective element to these activities that has provoked further creativity and play and guided the creation of further structures, objects and environments.
His extensive experience of working with schools in the UK includes being lead artist on many ‘Creative Partnership’ projects in Coventry, Stoke on Trent, Birmingham and Leicester. Overseas this includes delivering projects on behalf of the charity Kinship at schools in India and Madagascar.
He has worked on education projects at various prestigious galleries such as: ‘Get Art’ at The Chisenhale, London, ‘Creative Futures’ at the Ikon, Birmingham and ‘Big and Small’ at Tate Britain.
In addition he has received funding to run his own projects. A good example, PlaySpace @ CAW was funded through the Arts Council’s and involved transforming a space over 6 weeks in response to visitors play. Groups from the local PRU and of young people with SEN were the most regular participants.
Outside of the school environment he was the 5th Artist in Residence on ‘Making Play’ at the South London Gallery, a project “inspired by the possibilities of bringing together children’s play and contemporary art practice”.