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... the creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act
Marcel Duchamp, The Creative Act, 1957


Matt's Gallery Reading Room, 2005

Central St Martins MA Fine Art students' symposium, 14 July 2005

Central St Martins MA Fine Art students' symposium, 14 July 2005

Matt’s Gallery is committed to supporting artists in the development of their practice and to the critical engagement of its audience. The gallery endeavours to engage and generate discussion in an educational context through its exhibition and publishing programmes, the gallery Reading Room, access to archive materials, artists’ talks, surgeries, and the internship programme.

Reading Room
Matt’s Gallery has a reading area and bookshop which is currently housed in the foyer of the gallery, with a large table and space to sit and browse reference copies of gallery publications and related materials.

Publishing is one of Matt’s Gallery's core activities. Approximately four small publications are produced annually with exhibiting artists and are distributed free at the gallery. Matt’s Gallery also produces larger monographs, with texts by eminent writers, focussing on emerging and mature artists with a large body of work previously unpublished.
Through its publishing programme Matt's Gallery produces lasting documents of bodies of work, which both explore and provide critical context for the artist's practice.

Since 1979, Matt’s Gallery has built up a unique archive of research materials on exhibiting artists, installation art, performance art, painting, sculpture, photography, film and video, that includes showreels, photographs, printed ephemera, press cuttings, maquettes and correspondence. A limited amount of the material is currently available to researchers. The gallery intends to catalogue and digitise the archive in the near future to make it fully available as a resource.

Artists’ Talks
Matt’s Gallery currently organises talks by exhibiting artists during exhibitions. These talks are attended by groups of higher education students from Foundation to MA level, from art schools and institutions around the UK.

Matt’s Gallery offers internships to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and recent graduates, and is keen to work with students who undertake the experience as part of a course of study. Interns are introduced to the running of the gallery office, and provide invaluable administrative and general support to the gallery managers and director. Two of the current gallery managers were previously interns.

For further information on these activities, please contact