Born 1973 Penzance, Cornwall, UK
1997 - Graduated BA (hons) Fine Art, Newcastle University, UK
Lives in and works in Newcastle/Gateshead, England

Forthcoming Exhibitions, Commissions and Projects



Commission with Hestercombe House, Sommerset

Contributor to Acts of Transfer, online co-producted by Katy Beinart and Lizzy Lloyd


Solo Exhibitions



More Than a Pony Show as part of We The People Are The Work, city-wide exhibitions, Plymouth 

Dead Sea Deaf Sea, Workplace Gallery, London

Energy Flash- The Rave Movement, M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium

Objects To See Further: In Focus, The Mining Institute, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

Cantata Profana, Dilston Grove, London, UK

Madman in a Lifeboat, Matt's Gallery, London, UK


In Absence of the Smoky God, Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK

Dance Swine Dance, The Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK


Give to me the Life I Love, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, UK


Give to me the Life I Love, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK


Cantata Profana, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK

Nuestro tiempo (Our Time), Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), Seville, Spain

Matt Stokes, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK

Long After Tonight, Dundee Art Gallery and Museum, Dundee, UK

Sacred Selections (performance), Martinkirche, Kassel, Germany

Song as social change, CAAC, Sevilla, Spain

The Distant Sound, De Hallen, Haarlem, Netherlands

Club Ponderosa at Workplace Gallery, UK


No Place Else Better Than Here, Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany

The Stratford Gaff: A Serio-Comick-Bombastick-Operatick Interlude, Art on the Underground, Jubilee Line, Stratford Station, London, England (Commission)
Voice|Hand|Hammer|Fire, Works|Projects, Bristol, England
Matt Stokes, Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Matt Stokes, Dundee Art Gallery and Museum, Dundee, UK
Matt Stokes: these are the days, ZieherSmith, New York, USA
The Gainsborough Packet, &c., 176, London, England
The Gainsborough Packet, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England
these are the days, Arthouse, Austin, USA
Real Arcadia, Lüttgenmeijer, Berlin, Germany
Now is Early, VOID Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland
Long After Tonight, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, USA
[un]promised Land, attitudes espace d'arts contemporains, Geneva, Switzerland
Matt Stokes, ZieherSmith, New York, USA
Lost in the Rhythm, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Pills to Purge Melancholy, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

Selected Group Exhibitions


Yarmonics, city-wide/online sound festival, Great Yarmouth


Good Night, Storage, Seoul, Korea

Creation, Consumption Exchange, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle


Idea of North, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

Polymorph Other, IMT Gallery, London


Now, Today, Tomorrow & Always, Arts Council Collection, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne


Je,... / I,... / Ich,..., Innsbruck International Biennial, Innsbruck, Austria

ALAC, Two-Person presentation, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Los Angeles, USA

Energy Flash, M HKA Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, Belgium


Up Close and Personal, De Hallen Haarlem, Haarlem, Netherlands

Satellite Satellite, Workplace London, UK

MEGARAVE I - « it's only a fantasy » WallRiss, Fribourg, Switzerland

REVERB!, The Torrence Art Museum, Torrance, USA


Tip of the Iceberg, 59 Central Street, London, UK

Social Sound, Kunstinitiatief VHDG, Leeuwarden, Netherlands

expo / VOLUPTE, Sextantetplus, Marseille, France

Contemporary Art Club, Stedlijk Museum, Amsterdam


NADA Art Fair 2011, Miami, USA

Double, Double, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK

A Fire in the Master's House is Set, Chapter Gallery, Cardiff, Wales

ROTATE, Contemporary Arts Society & Shortlist Media, London

The Big Society, Gallerie Vallois, Paris, France

The Armory Show 2011, with Workplace Gallery, New York

Echoes, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, France

Out of Site, Herzilya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel

Song as social change, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo in Sevilla, Spain

Into the Light, various venues, Antwerp, Belgium

The Discreet Charme of the Blind Spot, Westfaelischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany.

Contour, Mechelen, Belgium

Syncopation, Grimmuseum, Berlin, Germany

New Prints from Northern Print, Northern Print, Newcastle, UK
From Ritual to Theatre, Ancient & Modern. London
Among the Nightingales, Tatton Park Biennial, Manchester 
Right Right Now Now, M.1. Arthur Boskamp-Stiftung, Germany
Outer Body/Inner Experiences, Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh, USA
Decalogue: films you can count on two hands, Winkleman Gallery, New York, USA
Live Weekend, ICA, London, England
Northern Art Prize, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, England
Running Time, Dean Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne, Australia
States of Independence, Frome, England
See This Sound, Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria
MARZ Live, MARZ Galeria, Lisbon Portugal
Desiring Necessities, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, England
Single Screen, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
Deptford X, London, England
Crossing, Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy
I desired what you were, I need what you are, MAZE, Turin, Italy
King Fisher's Tales, UNION, London, England
Balance, Galleria 1/9 Unosunove, Rome, Italy
Palinsesti, San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy
The Weasel: Pop Music and Contemporary Art, South London Gallery, London, England
Projection Project II, Mücsarnok-Kunsthalle, Budapest, Hungary            
Screenings, Ocho Y Medio, Quito and Maac Cine, Guayaquil, Ecuador
The Projection Project, MuHKA, Antwerp, Belgium
Street: behind the cliché, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands
EAST International 06, Norwich Gallery and NSAD, Norwich, England
Beck's Futures, ICA, London, England and off-site venues in Glasgow, Scotland and Bristol, England
Blue Star, Red Wedge, WASPS, Glasgow International, Glasgow, Scotland            
You Shall Know Our Velocity, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England
Our Surroundings, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland
Gatsobyter, Plan 9 Artists Space, Bristol, England
Coniston Water Festival, Grizedale Arts, Cumbria, England
Everything Must Go, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, England
Romantic Detachment, PS1 MOMA, New York, USA and Chapter Gallery, Cardiff, Wales
Spark Video International, Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario, Canada
QSL, FM radio station, MIMA (off-site), Middlesbrough, England
S1 Salon 'Cabaret', S1 Art Space, Sheffield, England
Space Between Us, Friar House, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Lets Get Married Today! Grizedale Arts, Cumbria, England           
Vacant, Reg Vardy Gallery, Sunderland, England
Spark Video International, Spark Contemporary Art Space, Syracuse, USA
LUX Open, Royal College of Art, London, England
Living Proof, Bewick Court, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Memento, Underground stations on the Tyne and Wear Metro system, England
VideoROM, Gian Carla Zanutti Gallery, Milan and Gallery of Modern Art, Bergamo, Italy
Mostyn 12 Open, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales
Visions in the Nunnery, Nunnery Gallery, Bow Arts Trust, London, England
VideoROM, Valencia Biennial, Spain
Small Battles, Mackey Mayor Building, Manchester, England
ROOT, Hull Time Based Arts, Hull, England
VANE, '00 off-site venue, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
NOW Festival, off-site venue, Nottingham, England
VANE Export, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
Field, Hallington, Northumberland, England
Tongue 'n' Groove, Pine Factory Warehouse, Gateshead, England
Inside Out, Adhoc Gallery, Wallsend, England
VANE '98, Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Selected Commissions and Residencies


Commissions and linked exhibitions across four sites of Museums Northumberland


Gogmagog, sound installation commissioned by Churches Conservation Trust for Holy Trinity, Sunderland


This Liberty, film installation commissioned by Arts & Heritage


Your Ad Here, billboard commission in Lagos, Nigeria with Create, London and British Council


Objects to See Further, Great North Run Culture Artist in Residence in partnership with Tyne & Wear Museums 

Stone Frigate, a larp and temporary commission with Kielder Art and Architecture


Bartlett Fellowship, Newcastle University and Matt’s Gallery, London (into 2014)


The Stratford Gaff, Art on the Underground, Stratford Station, London
socialspaces, commissioned by the BBC and Arts Council England
Limited edition CD of Sacred Selections, commissioned by Locus+, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Grizedale Arts R&D grant, followed by a residency in Cumbria, England
Land and the Samling, residency at Kielder Water and Forest Park, Northumberland, England
Stretch, video installation commissioned by Sunderland Arts, England            
Allotment, residency with pigeon fanciers at allotments in Wallsend, England
Roll-in' Along, video intervention commissioned by Work & Leisure International, Manchester, England

Selected Awards


Paul Hamyln Foundation Award for Visual Artists
Visual Artist of the Year, Journal Culture Awards

Beck's Futures, awarded by the ICA and Beck's
RSA Art for Architecture, awarded by the Royal Society of Arts

Public Collections


Arts Council Collection, UK
Zabludowicz Collection, UK 
De Hallen Haarlem, NL
Sunderland Museum, UK

Selected Bibliography



Rave and Its Influence on Art and Culture, published by M HKA and Black Dog. ISBN: 978-1910433874


In Absence of the Smoky God, published by NATCECT. ISBN: 978-0-907426-28-8

Megarave Metarave, published by Kunsthaus Langenthal and WallRiss. ISBN: 978-3-905817-59-1


Song as a Force of Social Transformation, published by CAAC. ISSN: 2173-8203
Desiring Necessities, published by John Hansard Gallery, UK
See This Sound, published by Lentos Kunst Museum. ISBN: 978-3-86560-683-9
Collective 1984-2009, published by Collective Gallery. ISBN: 978-3-86896-0335
these are the days, (monograph) published by Arthouse. ISBN: 0-9770627-2-4
The Gainsborough Packet &c., (monograph) published by 176. ISBN: 978-0-9556629-5-9
Hijack Reality, published by Deptford X. ISBN 978-0-9547071-2-5
Palinsesti 2007, Udine: Forum, 2007, ISBN 978-88-8420-443-1
Lost in the Rhythm, (monograph) published by AEN and Collective Gallery. ISBN 978-1-873757-56-7
Street: Behind the Cliche, published by Centre for Contemporary Art. The Netherlands
Beck's Futures 2006, published by the ICA. ISBN 1-900300-50-8
EAST International 2006, published by Norwich Gallery. ISBN 1-872482-80-5
QSL FM, published by MIMA. ISBN 0-860830-63-2
Workplace, published by AEN and Workplace Gallery. ISBN 1-873757-15-8
Land + The Samling, Kielder Sculpture Park, Northumberland.

Selected Press and Media 

Cross Platform, Nathan Budzinski. The Wire, 10.10
The Gainsborough Packet. Emily Portman. fRoots (Folk Roots Magazine). 05.09
Playing To The Gallery. Laura Cumming. Observer Music Monthly. 20.04.09
Matt Stokes. Paul Usherwood. Art Monthly. 04.09
Time Traveller. Francesca Gavin. Dazed and Confused. 03.09
Such Stuff as Screams Are Made On. Robert Faires. Austin Chronicle. 20.03.09
Gainsborough Packet, Matt Stokes's 19th-century pop video. Erlend Clouston. Guardian Online. 05.03.09
Exhibition of the Week: Matt Stokes. Martin Herbert. Time Out London. 31.04.09
Die Fröhliche Ethnografie. Christop Braun. Groove, Electronic Music and Club-culture. 07.08
British artist mines Austin's punk history. Jeanne Claire van Ryzin. Austin American Stateman. 24.07.08
Review: Matt Stokes, ZieherSmith. David Velasco. Artforum. 05.07            
Review: Matt Stokes. Joshua Mack. Time Out New York. 22.03.07
Ouverture. Neil Mulholland. Flash Art. 11.06