Matthew Watson is a Leeds based artist working mainly in sculpture, painting and installation. Over the past year, Matthew has been working in collaboration with Lucy Johnson under the project name D3MW. In 2017, they were commissioned by Arts Council England to embark on a year-long project, for Matthew to explore his practice as a solo artist with support from Lucy at Pyramid of Arts. Beginning with an interest in woodwork and painting, Matthew has had the time and space to develop his approach to making art and has explored letterpress printing, drawing, painting, sculpture, collage and most of all installation.
Matthew’s work is mostly abstract but always references roads, bridges, maps, numbers and words. Unlike a lot of other artists’ work, his sculptures and installations are always changing and moving and becoming something new. The exhibition which will be part of BEYOND Festival 2018 will showcase the art that Matthew has created over the last year and video footage will offer a glimpse into the way he works, to give an insight into how these artworks come to life. To take a look at where D3MW have been and what they have been doing throughout the project, look at their instagram profile: project_d3mw.
You can see Matthew’s exhibition, Thought Maps, at Studio 24 from 16th-20th July. Click here for details.
Tell us about the work you’ve done for BEYOND
My work is making a model out of pottery, out of clay. I tried to make a church, I done one church out of clay. I did a big one, it’s too big. I do a tiny little bit, do church again, small church, then do the rest of it, and then join it together.
What is the church part of?
Leeds, Leeds ‘round here. A model of Leeds. Made a model of my house out of matchsticks, then another house out of matchsticks. I tried to do it with matchsticks to see if that works, it doesn’t.
Do you think of yourself as an artist?
Yes, I’m getting better and I’ve been getting good at it.
Anything else you want to say about your work?
It’s good! I have to try, but it’s good. I keep working on it and get better and better. Keep building more models, keep it going.
You can see Howard’s exhibition, Model City, in Room 700 at Leeds Central Library from 5th-21st July. Click here for details.
Tell us about your art
I drawed a whale, another whale. And another whale. And dolphin, and lion, and octopus, and tortoise. That’s a spider. That’s a lizard. Dolphin. And a whale. And a dog. And a bird. And a dog. Elephant. And kangaroo, and octopus. And antelope. And erm, and a kangaroo. A giraffe. And another giraffe. And crab. And leopard. And another leopard, and a lizard. I use pen, I use a pencil, make the lines thicker. Started doing shading. Like the animals to look mean, sharp teeth, sharp claws, making spikes.
Do you always draw animals?
Do you ever make up monsters or imaginary animals?
Yes, yes. And different ones. Made up people.
How do you feel when you’re doing your art?
Happy. I’d say happy. I am an artist and I like to draw.
Adam’s exhibition, Creatures, is on at Studio 24 from 16th – 20th July. Click here for details.
What kind of artwork do you like to do?
Pyramid of Arts. Pictures of people. Work. Picture, photo.
How do you make your photo-collages?
Put the picture onto the paper, cut, and glue it on. And shadow.
What kinds of things have you made collages about?
Animals; Skegness Zoo; planes, airport; Pyramid of Arts all together; more planes, army planes; Skegness people; race car; more animal; live [music]; Leeds Rhinos; food; trains.
What is the big project you have been working on for BEYOND?
Sausage. Picture, sausage. Red, yellow, blue. A map of cafés. A box. Sausage. Box, square, inside picture on it, sausage.
Is this your favourite project?
Yes, I like sausage.
When did you first start doing art and photography?
School. Painting. I did a picture of a camera and a hand, shadow. Black and white.
Do you think your art has developed since then?
Yes. Laptop. Photoshop.
You’ve given talks about your work in Hull and Manchester, how did you find that?
Andrew’s project, The Sausage Atlas, will be exhibited in Leeds Kirkgate Market event space from 5th-22nd July. Click here for details.
My name is Jem and I have been living in Leeds for the last two and a half years. I am a dance artist and my work is typically bold, colourful and immersive. I really enjoy working in multiple mediums, with visual art and film forming important features in my choreography. Currently, I am really interested in using dance to communicate thoughts, feelings and experiences of those who are marginalised or otherwise overlooked in our society.
Communication in general fascinates me and I enjoy creating choreography that addresses emotions, which cannot always sufficiently be shared in words. I am passionate about making dance accessible and I really enjoy teaching and the process of creative collaboration. It never ceases to amaze me how much there is to learn through dance and I strive to make positive change through my work, whether I am a teacher, student, creator or performer. I am so excited to have been awarded a commission for this year’s BEYOND festival and incredibly grateful for the opportunity.
You can see ]em’s work at BEYOND @ Kirkgate Market on 14th July and at Northern Ballet on 11th July (evening), 12th July (afternoon) and 12th July (evening).