Matt Cook graduated from Cardiff School of Art & Design in 2002 and his work has been shown extensively in the UK and at a variety of international festivals.
Between 2006 and 2009 Matt was commissioned to make work for the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, the Foundling Museum, London, firstsite, Colchester and Essex County Council.
In 2012 Matt organised an exchange with artists based in Hong Kong leading to collaborative performances at the Experimentica festival in Cardiff and the Around festival in Hong Kong. He recently published a DVD archiving 10 years of his performance and installation work.
Time Out for Artistic Development
Matt will use the Creative Wales Award to devote his time to an extended period of studio-based creative development.
The focus of this time will be the creation of small to medium sculptural assemblage. These sculptures will take their inspiration from some of his previous site-specific installation works, these have used electronic elements, sound, movement and a variety of objects and photographs to explore a town, place or site.
Matt wants to take the artistic process that he has developed during his career so far and make it more sustainable in the long term.
Creative Wales offers Matt a chance for significant creative development. In order for him to get the most out of this time he have arranged for a cross-section of artists and arts professionals to visit his studio as mentors.
The Creative Wales Award will help him develop his online blog through which he can publish up to date documentation of his work as it develops.
Publishing his work in progress will help Matt see how it is developing through a living sketchbook and will give his audience a window into his artistic process.
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