BIOGRAPHY

Mat Chivers was born in 1973 and lives and works in Dartmoor, Devon.

Through making sculpture, installation and drawing; Mat Chivers looks at some of the moments of process and states of flux that exist below the surface of things. He isinterested in aspects of the looped interface between certain macro and microcosmic states, such as the way often unseen, fundamental phenomena, events and processes can occur over very different time and dimensional scales to our own yet ultimately exist in direct relationship with us.

The work draws on combinations of analog and digital technologies in objects that embody a hybridisation of old-world subjects and techniques with contemporary envisioning processes. His interest is focused at the location between data capture and its consequent interpretation. It is at this boundary that ambiguity often resides, potentially conflating notions of fact and fiction. His work has been included in exhibitions at The Courthauld Institute and The Venice Biennale among others.


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EDUCATION

1993-6
B.A.(Hons) Fine Art, Sculpture, The Nottingham Trent University
ERASMUS, Escuela des Belles Artes, Barcelona, Spain


COMMISSIONS / COLLECTIONS

Association Vents des Forets, France
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
Bournemouth & Poole College
Bristol City Council
Chagford Arts Festival
The Countryside Agency
Dartmoor National Park
The Devon Guild
Doorstep Green
ExLab / Big Picture
The Fitzwilliam Museum
The Met Office
Mochary Collection, USA
NHS Primary Healthcare Trust
Norwegian Cruise Lines
Soho House Group
STRAW project
Thelma Hulbert Gallery
West Devon Borough Council


AWARDS / GRANTS

2009
ECO 2009, PROOF Award

2005
Arts Council England Grant
Devon ArtsCulture Award

2003
Arts Council England Grant


PROJECTS

2012
'Moby Dick - 21st Century Whale'
'Overlay', The Bournemouth Natural Science Society & The National Trust Estate, Purbeck, Dorset

2009
'Outbreath', collaboration with research scientists, The University of Bristol

2002
'Shelter', site-specific collaboration, various locations, France


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2012
'Sculpture & Drawings', The Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton

2011
'Fascination', Maddox Arts, London
'States of Flux', Bridport Arts Centre

2007
'Sculpture + Drawings', Study Gallery of Modern Art, Poole

2002
'Incunabula', Buckland Abbey


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012
'Material Matters: The Power of the Medium', East Wing X, The Courtauld Institute of Arts, London
'Exploratory Laboratory (ExLab), Art, Science & the Coast', AUCB Arts University College Bournemouth
'Overlay', The Bournemouth Natural Science Society & The National Trust Estate, Purbeck, Dorset

2011
'The Knowledge', Gervasuti Foundation, 54th Venice Biennale Exhibition of International Art, Italy
'Eleventh Plateau', Historical Archives Museum, Hydra, Greece
'Biliteral', Pertwee Anderson & Gold, London
'Eleventh Plateau 2', Archeological Society, Athens Biennial, Greece
'Before the Crash', Exeter, Rome, Prague

2010
'Holding Time', Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Indian Institute for Arts & Culture, London
'Ex-Lab', Bridport Arts Centre
'Sculpture', Great Western Studios, London
'On-Form', Oxford

2009
'Secret', Royal College of Art, London
'ECO, Exeter Contemporary Open', Phoenix Arts & Media, Exeter
'Perspectives on a Modernist Legacy', Woburn Abbey
'18@108 - Stone', Royal British Society of Sculptors, London
'Vanitas Triptych', St Michael the Archangel, Chagford
'Sculpture', ArtContact, Limberhurst Arts Centre, Cambridge
'Ludlow Open Exhibition of Contemporary Art', Ludlow

2008
'2D to 3D - Drawings Towards Sculpture', Bournemouth University
'Visual', Beachcroft Space, Beachcroft LLP, Bristol
'156th Autumn Exhibition', Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
'It Ain't What You Do', Society of Artists, St Ives
'On-Form', Oxford

2007
'Summer Exhibition', Royal Academy of Arts, London

2006
'ArtLondon', Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London
'Re-View: Territories Inspire Art', Study Gallery of Modern Art, Poole
'Forest Dreaming, Part 3', Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, (CCANW), Exeter
'On-Form', Oxford
'Mark', Dartington College of Arts Gallery
'Consistently Abstract', The Installation Room, Salt Gallery, Hayle

2005
'Elemental Insight' Canterbury Royal Museum and Art Gallery; Derby Museum and Art Gallery; Falkirk Civic Offices
Hannah Peschar, Ockley
'153rd Autumn Exhibition', Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2004
'Elemental Insight', BBC Media Centre; London, Black Swan Arts; Bridport Art Centre; Burton Art Gallery
'Big Jurrasic', Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton

2003
'Size Matters', Devon Guild

2002
'Vents des Forets', Lahaymieux, France