Approved: 26.05.2009

Matt Smith

Artist, Maker, Curator, Lecturer / academic, Researcher

Approved: 26.05.2009

The core of my practice is infiltrating establishment organisations and shifting their – and their visitors’ – points of reference. Using techniques of institutional critique, artist intervention and reappropriation, the familiar is made unfamiliar and power structures are brought to light.

Using craft, with its connotations of the amateur, accessibility and gender and exploiting its place in the

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  • Location: Hove, South East
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Art historical research, Curating, Collection
  • Categories: Curatorial project, Ceramics, Installation, Intervention, Sculpture
  • Tags: museum, intervention, site specific, critique, institutional, identity, national trust, historic house, artist in residence, hidden histories
 

Biography

The core of my practice is infiltrating establishment organisations and shifting their – and their visitors’ – points of reference. Using techniques of institutional critique, artist intervention and reappropriation, the familiar is made unfamiliar and power structures are brought to light. Using craft, with its connotations of the amateur, accessibility and gender and exploiting its place in the art world, the pieces both celebrate the mainstream and also unsettle it, taking objects from their intended role and repurposing them in new situations – creating a visual polari. “Ingeniously producing objects that are both reassuringly familiar and strangely new, vibrant and multifaceted, Matt's works are, in the end, irreverent reinterpretations of the ideas of kitsch - clichés that are first emptied, then filled again with ever more loaded meaning.” Oliver Winchester, Curator, Victoria and Albert Museum

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2010 - PhD in Queer Craft, University of Brighton, Brighton 2005 - BA Hons Ceramics, University of Westminster (Harrow), London 1996 - Museum Studies, Leicester University, Leicester Solo exhibitions 2012 - Other Stories, The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds 2010 - Milk, aspex Gallery, Portsmouth 2010 - Queering the Museum, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham Group exhibitions 2014 - Subversive Design, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Brighton 2013 - Unravelling The Vyne, The Vyne, National Trust, Basingstoke 2010 - Renegade Potters, Ink_d Gallery, Brighton 2010 - Unravelling the Manor House, Preston Manor, Brighton Competitions, prizes and awards 2009 - Arc Award, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth 2009 - Grant to Found Unravelled, Arts Council, South East 2008 - Grant to work with Stephen Dixon, Arts Council, South East