'To speak of 'materiality' in contemporary art is to emphasise the material qualities of the mediums employed to create an artwork.' [1]

Materiality has been discussed within art discourse for many years, including Kant's idea of the 'Aesthetic Experience', in which he looked to philosophical theory of art and its materials. The Formalist approach of analysing artworks also touches upon this, the key principle of this approach is to emphasise the material aspects of art, the way that it has been created, and what was used to create it, as opposed to a narrative-led analysis. 

In this show, materiality is investigated through multiple mediums including video art, sculpture, ceramics,
digital collage, painting, and jewellery. This broad approach to materiality allows the audience to reflect upon the range of avenues that artists pursue in order to decipher our material world. All works on show have been created with sensitive and intelligent consideration of material qualities and interactions. The artists shown in this exhibition live and work all around the world, their works have been brought together in order to show an international survey of the investigation of materiality within contemporary art. Relationships between works can be seen in each curated 'room', these images seemingly provide a real space that allows the viewer to investigate the works in relation to one another with an accurate sense of scale. This sense of union is of utmost importance to the show as each culture and country in which the artists work provides a rich and varied perception of a universal concept. There are 59 works on show from studying, emerging, and established artists. 

Exhibition created and curated by Hannah Andrews.



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Room 6

Room 7

Room 8

Room 9

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Room 11

Room 12

Room 13

Room 14



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Born in Bournemouth, UK. Working in London and Brighton, UK. 


Marra is trying to create an immediate way of working which somehow retains a presence when seen.
The process of thought and consideration prior to creative action, allowing him to concisely depict a scene which will hopefully transcend the potential that lingers in his head.
The world we live and struggle in and the world that haunts and hinders us internally, visually reinterpreting themselves into a cast of symbolic characters and settings.
The real world refused when stood in front of such otherworldly evocations.

Reading on the subject

Theory and literature discussing materiality 

Mills, Christina Murdoch, "Materiality as the Basis for the Aesthetic Experience in Contemporary Art" (2009). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 1289. Available online:

Du Preez, Amanda."(Im)Materiality: on the matter of art". (2008). Available online:

Lange-Berndt, P., 2015. Materiality. London: Whitechapel Gallery.

Leona, M. (2009). The Materiality of Art: Scientific Research in Art History and Art Conservation at the Metropolitan Museum. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 67(1), new series, 4-11. Available online:

Miller, D., Meskell, L., Rowlands, M., Myers, F.R., & Engelke, M. (2005). Materiality. Durham: Duke University Press.

De Bolla, P. (2002). Toward the Materiality of Aesthetic Experience. Diacritics, 32(1), 19-37

Holling, H., 2017. Paik's Virtual Archive. Time, Change, And Materiality In Media Art. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Berger, C., 2019. Conceptualism And Materiality. Leiden: Brill.

Diarmuid Costello (2007) Whatever happened to “embodiment”? the eclipse of materiality in danto's ontology of art, Angelaki, 12:2, 83-94. Available online:


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