Matt Denham

Newcastle & Gateshead

Matt Denham is a visual artist based in Newcastle upon Tyne. From the line between perception and reality understood by persons living with Alzheimer's disease to experiences of transitional spaces in institutional and domestic settings, his research led practice explores the in between spaces – physical, virtual and psychological – that mediate our lived experiences.

Working across video, installation and photography, his work unfolds in minimalist surreal environments, constructed from basic materials, domestic items and strategically placed panels. Delivering equal servings of familiar and uncanny, these environments witness and are activated by the simple routines and repetitive gestures of the figures that move within them, acting as holders of memory.

Within his work, the hypothetical narratives examine the complex intersection of autobiographical memory, account, fact and fiction. Characters start off as trustworthy, but as their subjective mediation of events unfolds, this fine, changeable line unravels in front of the outsider over time.

The NewBridge Project The Shieldfield Centre 4-8 Clarence Walk (off Stoddart Street) Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1AL


Matt’s work has been exhibited regionally and across the UK; including ICA, London; 36 Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne and HOME, Manchester. Commissioned work includes Martha [Alzheimer’s Machine III] for Arts Council England, the Gane Trust and GMCA, Hot Contents for Creative Darlington, Lapse for Tyneside Cinema and In a State of [Movement against Resistance] for Channel 4’s Random Acts.

Skills & Experience

  • DBS Checked
  • Documentation: photography
  • Documentation: video
  • Financial skills
  • Fundraising
  • Project management
  • Technical: exhibition build
  • Technical: AV installation
  • Technical: photographic / moving image
  • Technique tuition: moving image
  • Technique tuition: photography
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