Matt Stokes's practice stems from a long-term inquiry into subcultures, particularly musical ones. He is interested in the way music provides a sense of collectivity, acting as a catalyst for particular groups to form, shaping and influencing people's lives and identities.
His works are often context-specific; he immerses himself in a setting and area of interest, through which collaborations with informal communities arise. After a process of collecting stories, information and materials related to their histories and values, Stokes produces artworks that depart from his research and take on a conceptual and aesthetic life of their own through films, installations and events.
Matt Stokes was born in Penzance, Cornwall and has lived, studied and worked in the Northeast of England since 1993. In 2018 he was the recipient of Paul Hamyln Foundation Award for Visual Artists and in 2006, he was the winner of the Beck's Futures Prize. Recent solo show include MUHAC - Museum of Modern Art, Antwerp, 2016; Matt’s Gallery, London, 2015; Site Gallery, Sheffield, 2014; Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, 2014; Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2013; De Hallen, Haarlem, 2011; Dundee Art Gallery and Museum, Dundee, 2010. Stokes’s work has been exhibited in group shows at important institutions and biennials including: National Galleries of Scotland; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; ICA, London; Innsbruck International Biennial, Austria.