Matt's Gallery

Matt's Gallery

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Matt’s Gallery is a contemporary non-profit art gallery and a charity, established 38 years ago in East London and currently located in Bermondsey, South East London. During this time, Matt’s Gallery has been an independent and influential force in the visual arts sector, both nationally and internationally. It has championed the careers of artists such as Mike Nelson, Turner Prize nominee in 2001 and 2007; Susan Hiller, who had a major retrospective at Tate in 2011 and Nathaniel Mellors who is representing Finland at the 2017 Venice Biennale.

Matt’s Gallery exists to support artists with the space and time to take risks, test their limits and surprise even their own intentions. We place equal emphasis on the gestation of the work and the final exhibition, providing the best conditions for experiencing art and challenging audiences. It has established and maintained a vital and distinctive collaborative approach to working with artists, acting as an essential thinking space away from the pressures of the commercial environment. 


We maintain a core model of commissioning approx. 4 artists per year, partnership projects, an in-house publishing series, digital platforms, public events, screenings and talks, and touring across the UK and internationally.

This includes:

  • Provides support, mentoring, studio space and resources for artists to develop innovative work.
  • Supports a number of artists at all stages of their careers, through sustained critical and administrative support, promoting their work to external agencies, institutions and collections
  • Challenges audience perceptions and provide the best conditions for experiencing and discussing art through exhibitions and educational and social platforms, in metropolitan and non-metropolitan contexts
  • Expands public access mechanisms (live and digitally)
  • Expands higher education activity: traineeships, artist residencies and seminars and higher education collaborations, engaging students from across the UK and internationally

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