About

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Matt Bray worked in banking for 15 years but felt a profound lack of meaning, and decided to trade in the secure but unfulfilling lifestyle for a more precarious but meaningful one as an artist in 2007. He studied BA and MA in Fine Art at University of Kent, graduating in 2012. Bray’s work explores ideas around human consciousness, with a particular focus on the relationship between subject and object, and for the past 3 years has also fostered collaborations with several high profile artists as a way of expanding his practice, focussing on play as a means of accessing the unfettered creative spirit.

Matt Bray co-founded Sick! alongside Zara Carpenter; creating an ongoing project exploring what it means to live with an invisible illness, and the Medway Print Festival with Allison Young; an annual celebration of printmaking in his hometown of Medway running for two weeks across 15 different venues, and growing in size and reputation every year. He has also curated exhibitions with some of the areas leading artists and helped create the Contemporary Open - an irregular open call exhibition showing international contemporary art.

To contact please email mattbrayarts@yahoo.co.uk

EDUCATION:

MA Fine Art (University of Kent) 2010-2012

BA Fine Art (Ashford School of Art) 2007-2010

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PRODUCTION:

Co-founded and curated Sick! An exhibition exploring Invisible Illness, Chatham. 2017

Co-founded Medway Print Festival, Rochester. 2016-present

Co-founded The Contemporary Open, Chatham. 2015 & 2017

Director of Arts Development: Thessen for Humanity NGO. 2011

Online campaign: The Tip of the Iceberg – Drawings by Francis Bacon, Centro Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires. 2010

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CURATION:

Daisy Parris & Laurie Vincent: Feels Like Forever Ago, Rochester Art Gallery, Rochester. 2018

University of Kent: Interim Show, Sun Pier House, Chatham. 2016

Karl Bielik, Rochester Art Gallery, Rochester. 2017

Sick!, Sun Pier House, Chatham. 2017

Darrell Hawkins: Fanboy, Sun Pier House, Chatham. 2016

Rikard Osterlund: Self Portraits and Other Scenes, Sun Pier House, Chatham. 2016

The Contemporary Open, Sun Pier House, Chatham. 2015 & 2016

Enzo Marra: Wall, Floor and Table, Sun Pier House, Chatham. 2015

Totally Touchable: Kent Association for the Blind, Blake Gallery, Gravesend. 2015

Billy Childish Studio, Sun Pier House, Chatham. 2015

Nascent, Horsebridge Gallery 3, Whitstable. 2013

Billy Childish: Frozen Estuary and Other Paintings of the Divine Ordinary, Smithery 1 – Chatham Dockyard (assistant). 2012