Matthew White

Matthew White



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Lens based media have been at the heart of my practice for twenty years. During that time I have utilised the photographic medium to investigate and communicate a number of experiential ideas.

In my practice, I devise working processes that explore how personal and moral conflicts are sited within a wider socio-political landscape. Past projects or experiments have included: an attempt to identify the first tulip species to be colonised by the Ottoman Sultans; a journey to the mid-point between right and wrong; a re-creation of the state of mind of a French composer as well as experimenting with hypnosis to investigate weightlessness and past lives. My most recent project involves collecting data from the process of inhabiting the persona of a professional actor. The work that has resulted from this research methodology he’s been shown work in galleries both in the UK and abroad including, Spike Island, Bristol; EFA Project Space, New York; SMART Project Space, Amsterdam; Bergen Kunsthall, Nprway; Focal Point Gallery, Essex; Total Kunst Gallery, Edinburgh; Unit 2 Gallery, London.

An undergraduate degree in Fine Art (Intermedia) was followed by an MA in Fine Art from the University of Wales, Cardiff. I have been a University lecturer since 1995 and over that time have taught at various levels from BTEC to MA at a number of institutions including, Kingston University, Chelsea School of Art, Oxford Brookes University and the University of the West of England. I am also Programme Leader for the Moving Image at the Open College of the Arts.

My work as an educator extends from a genuine interest in the ever shifting language that surrounds the creation, manipulation and dissemination of the photographic image. I very much enjoy the dialogue between my students, their work and the context that it inhabits towards the furthering of our collective knowledge. I am also Programme Leader for the Moving Image course at the Open College of the Arts.

Research interests

My current research centres around the connection of people to places and the way in which individuals construct and perform their own identity within specific social contexts.

I am currently working as artist in residence based in Newtown, Ebbw Vale. This project as part Arts & Minds, a wider investigation into the ways in which contemporary art can be incorporated into the community regeneration process with the Tai Calon Housing Association.

Research interests


Solo Exhibitions

2013 From the Wing of a Fly, Cube Cinema, Bristol
2013 Vanishing Point, St. Michael’s Church, Abertillery, Wales
2012 Vanishing Point, Market Cinema, Brynmawr, Wales
2011 From the Wing of a Fly, Ffloc Research Gallery, ECPR, University of Wales, Newport.
2008 This is the Place, Spike Island, Bristol.

Selected Group Exhibitions/Screenings

2015 Kinofilm, Manchester International Short Film & Animation Festival, Manchester, UK.
2015 Wiper Online Film Festival, New York, USA.
2015 Visionaria International Film Festival, Siena, Italy
2015 Oregon Underground Film Festival, Oregon, USA
2015 Cineshift Film Festival, Washington, USA
2015 Kolkata International Film Festival, Greater Nioda, India
2015 Los Angeles Cinefest, Los Angeles, USA
2014 Lost, Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury
2013 The Story of the Creative, See Me Gallery, New York
2011 I am Not a Poet, TotalKunst Gallery, Edinburgh.
2011 Speculative Documentaries, Lewisham Art House, London.
2010 A Video Serenade, EFA Project Space, New York.
2009 It Wouldn’t Be Worth it Without the Struggle, Howard Gardens Gallery, UWIC, Cardiff.
2009 Coalesce: Happenstance, SMART Project Space, Amsterdam.
2008 If You Build It, They Will Come, g39 gallery, Cardiff.
2007 Art Video Exchange, Bergen Kunsthall, Norway.
2007 The Stanley Picker Fellowship Collection, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston Upon Thames, London. 2005 Locale, Unit 2

Artist in Residence

2015 Arts and Minds Resicency with Head4Arts and Tai Calon Housing Associsation
2012 Mythbusters, ACW funded residency in the Ebbw Fach Valley, Wales
2010 Apartment Project, Istanbul.
2004-06 Digital storytelling artist in residence for Caerphilly Borough Council
1997 BAA Art programme, Heathrow Airport. Artist in residence at Heston School
1995 Video Positive 95, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. Artist in residence at Wigan and Leigh


2007 Rootstein Hopkins Award, Spike Island, Bristol
2004 Best film for Past Lies at the GstaadFilm festival, Switzerland
1998-00 Stanley Picker Fellowship in Fine Art Kingston University. Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey

2008 This is the Place, Solo show catalogue with essays by Joanna Lowry and Dr Peter Naish

2007 Stanley Picker Gallery Fellowship Collection, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston Upon Thames, London

2015 ‘Perspectives on Place: Theory and Practice in Landscape Phptpgraphy, Jesse Alexander, Bloomsbury Acedemic, 2015, Chapter 2
2009 ‘Coelesce: Happenstance’, Michael Gibbs, Art Monthly No. 323, p.29
2009 ‘Coelesce: Happenstance’, Vaari Claffey, CIRCA 127, Spring 2009, p108
2008 ‘Desert Cantos’, Joanna Lowry, This is the Place publication, Spike Island, 2008, p.37
2004 ‘Afterlife at Chapter, Jennie Savage, CIRCA 107, Spring 2004
2003 ‘Afterlife’, Sam Summers, review in METRO, Newcastle, September 2003, p.18
2002 ‘Blurring Borders: Between Reality and Fiction’ Johanna G. Arnadottir, Catalogue for Spectareal: Media in Your Mind p.6
2002 AN Magazine ‘Blinc…But Still’ exhibition review, March issue p8.‘Longevity, or the Length of Things’ by Matthew Shadbolt, Catalogue for Picker Fellows 1999. Show, p.4
1999 ‘Longevity, or the Length of Things’ by Matthew Shadbolt, Catalogue for Picker Fellows 1999. Show, p.4
1999 ‘Devotion, Centrality, and a last Meal by Tessa Adams, Catalogue for Picker Fellows 1999 Show, p.8
1997 ‘Art at The Airports’, BAA art Program Catalogue, p.17
1995 ‘Video Positive 1995’ Catalogue, p39 Published by Moviola

Education/Academic qualification

Foundation Studies, Art & Design, Oxford Brookes University

BA Hons. 1st, Kingston University, London

MA Fine Art, University of Wales, Cardiff

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

External positions

Member of Spike Island Studios and Associates


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