UPCOMING
22 March – 18 May 2024 – I can fit a fist in my mouth, curated by Seán Elder, Cubitt Artists, London, UK

Information

I am a sodden artist, suspicious writer and sometimes researcher born in Wakefield based in the north of the UK. I mainly work in moving-image with family and friends. My pronouns are they/them. My work is like an armpit, personal and intimate, of the body and relationships – smelling earthy.

You can email me at mathewparkin[at]gmail.com. You can watch come of my moving image work on my vimeo.

EDUCATION

2025: PhD Fine Art, Newcastle University 
2018: MFA, Glasgow School of Art
2015: The Syllabus Programme programmed by Wysing Arts Center, Eastside Projects, New Contemporaries, S1 Artspace, Spike Island and Studio Voltaire
2011: BA (hons) Visual Studies, Norwich University of the Arts, Norwich

SOLO, DUO AND COLLABORATIVE PRESENTATIONS

2024: I can fit a fist in my mouth, Cubitt, London, UK
Ruin me, Vessel Gallery, York St John University, York, UK

2022: SWAMPS, The Tetley, Online

2021: Watching Group: Asides, with Mathew Wayne Parkin for Spike Associates, Spike Island, Bristol, UK
Test.mp4, Glasgow International 2021 Digital Programme, Glasgow, UK
SWAMP Reading Group, Bonjour, part of Glasgow International 2021, Glasgow, UK
ONE ARTIST | ONE WORK: Mathew Wayne Parkin, LUX Scotland, Online (UK)

2020: Meet me at The Vintners (What you’re looking for is looking for  you), online collective learning event with Mason Leaver-Yap, The Common Guild, Glasgow, UK

2018: Mud Mask, PIP 3: Mathew Parkin with Charlotte Cullen, Leeds, UK
A Discourse of Pricks with Jamie Hudson, V22 Projects Space, London, UK

2017: Screening and in-conversation with Paul Clinton, The Tetley, Leeds, UK

2016: slope-tend-big, Grand Union, Birmingham, UK
I believe in you, IMT Gallery, London, UK

2014: 45683968, Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, Leeds, UK

2013: One Touch, The Telfer Gallery, Glasgow, UK
but it could be a Levi’s advert with Tom Ireland, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK

2012: When Passive Aggressive Strategies Fail to Get Results, Supercollider, Blackpool, UK

GROUP PRESENTATIONS, SCREENINGS, EVENTS, PROJECTS

2023: Collective Dreaming: The smoke of burned witches still hangs in our nostrils, CCA, Glasgow, UK

2022: Master Class Artistic Research: Working With Waste, Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, Potsdam, Germany

2021: I didn’t think it would turn out this way, PAKT, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tittle Tattle, Understate Projects, Glasgow, UK
Presentation for Roundtable Conversation with Ashanti Harris, and Winnie Herbstein on Sharon Hayes ‘Ricerche’, The Common Guild, Glasgow, UK
Screening as part of Months of the Year, Philip Coyne, RENEENEE, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Journey To The East Festival, Screening event, CCA, Glasgow, UK
GIVE BIRTH TO ME TOMORROW | March Online Screening Minia Biabiany, Evan Ifekoya, and Mathew Wayne Parkin, Artists’ Moving Image Festival, LUX Scotland

2019: New Moving Image: Programme One curated by Dam Projects,  Close Up Cinema, London,UK\
Coventry Biennial, Coventry, UK
Trojan Horse / Rainbow Flag touring screening program curated by Ian Giles, touring with the support of Gasworks, London; HOME, Manchester; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and Fabrica, Brighton, UK
OUTPOST Open Film selected by Stuart Whipps, OUTPOST Gallery, Norwich, UK

2018: LUX Scotland Artist Moving Image Festival 2018, Tramway, Glasgow, UK
WHITE SHIRT, JOGGERS with Claire Biddles and Nastia Nikolskaya, as part of V22 Young London, V22 Silvertown, London, UK
OUTPOST Members Show, OUTPOST Norwich, UK
V22 Young London 2018, V22 Silvertown, London, UK
MFA Degree Show 2018, The Glue Factory, Glasgow, UK
Screening as part of Wild Pop Symposium, Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK

2017: Something Good, OUTPOST, Norwich, UK
Speak Body conference, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

2016: This is it, isn’t it?, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK
Like a floral knife, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
BORGER: [The sticky tablet], Traffic, Antwerp, Belgium
Sleaze, Seize projects @ STCFTHOTS, Leeds, UK

2015: DJ Set at Grand Union Xmas party, Grand Union, Birmingham, UK
CBS @ Open Eye Gallery, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK
Ways Of Looking, Hanover Project, Preston, UK
Film Open (touring), Spike Island, Bristol, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, Transmission, Glasgow, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, S1 Artspace, Sheffield and the ICA, London, UK
Paste, curated by Seize, Leeds City Centre, Leeds, UK
Helsinki is Learning from Georges, Such Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
Learning from Georges, Fokidos 21, Athens, Greece
SunScreen, Online, part of EM15 for the 56th Venice Biennale, Italy
Faux Sho, Assembly House, Leeds, UK

2014: DJ Set at S1 Xmas Party, S1 Art Space, Sheffield, UK
£1 Fish, S1 Artspace, Sheffield, UK
Still Wearing Each Other When Alone, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, US
Power Up, SALT+POWELL, York, UK

2013: Winter Art Fair, IKON Gallery, Birmingham, UK
Performance Fetish, SWG3, Glasgow, UK
LAN Party, Two Queens, Leicester, UK

2012: The Sunday Curator, Digital Exhibition, Curated by Its Our  Playground
Film for You’ll Get Used To It, Oliver Braid, Tramway, Glasgow
Dovble Trovble, CCA, Glasgow, UK Curated by Its Our Playground

RESIDENCIES, GRANTS AND AWARDS

2022: PANIC! Bursary, The Tetley, UK

2021: Experimental Moving Image Residency at Cove Parkin, Helensburgh, UK
Shortlisted for the Margaret Tait Award 2021, LUX Scotland
Creative Scotland: Sustaining Creative Development Award

2020: Residency at Triangle France – Astérides, Marseille, France

2019: Creative Scotland Open Project Funding Award
Creative Lab Residency, Center for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow  UK
Summer Residency, Hospitalfield House, Arbroath UK

2018: Glasgow Sculpture Studios Graduate Fellowship, Glasgow UK

2016: Hope Scott Trust Scholarship for MFA at Glasgow School of Art

2015: Group Occupation residency, New Art Gallery Walsall  UK

2014: Arts Council England Research and Development Grant

TEXTS AND INTERVIEWS

2024: I can fit a fist in my mouth review, Hannah Wallis, Art Monthly no.476, May 2024
Mathew Wayne Parkin Can Fit A Fist in Their Mouth, Sam Moore, Frieze
Can Intimacy Be Violent? Mathew Wayne Parkin’s ‘i Can Fit A Fist In My Mouth’ At Cubitt Gallery, Cindy Ziyun Huang, fetch.london

2022: Cuts in the day, Mathew Wayne Parkin talks to Dani and Sheilah ReStack about their show at Camden Art Centre, MAP Magazine
of pigs, bulls, cows, cocks, dogs, asses, mules, mares and goats, text to accompany Mystic Animals And The Juggling Of Hot Stones, Miguel Cardenas, at Kendall Koppe Gallery

2021: Gutted, contribution to publication for I didn’t think it would turn out this way, programmed  by David Dale Gallery at P/////AKT, Amsterdam, UK
White Shirt, Joggers contribution to The Happy Hypocrite 12, (with Claire Biddles and Nastya Nikolskaya) published by Book Works
A response to the SUPERLUX Summer School with Kathryn Elkin, commissioned by LUX Scotland

2020: Cottaging the Hedgerow, A four part chronicle by Mathew  Parkin, foraging queerness and rurality in recent artist moving Image, MAP Magazine 

2019: A response to the 15th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, commissioned by LUX Scotland

2018: Studio Lunches Podcast: 7# Intimacy in Pixels: Mathew Parkin, CCA Glasgow
Art Licks Issue 23: Peripheries

2017: Group Show Podcast by Caitlin Merritt King: Artist As Curator, 12ø Collective

2016: slope-tend-big publication with essay by Laura Guy and Kim McAleese, published by Grand Union
Mathew Parkin artists profile by Lauren Velvick, Art Monthly, May 2016

2014: 45683968 Review, corridor8, online
Young Artists in Conversation Interview with David McLeavy, online
Commissioned  text  for  Too  Much,  Two  Queens,  Leicester, UK

2013: One  Touch (self  published, featuring texts by Elinor Morgan and Jamie Crewe)
Contribution to Da  Thirst  Issue  #2

TEACHING

2023: York St Johns University | Visiting Artist Lecturer
2017: Birmingham School of Art | Visiting Artist Lecturer
2017: Manchester School of Art | Visiting Artist Lecturer
2016: Northumbria University | Visiting Artist Lecturer

OTHER EXPERIENCE

From 2019 to 2021 I worked with LUX Scotland as the Artist Development Coordinator for the commissioning project Now & Next supported by BBC Scotland and Creative Scotland. 

From 2014 – 15 I was Programme Assistant at The Tetley working on exhibitions with, among others, Samara Scott; Simeon Barclay; Rachel Adams; Alex Farrar; Laura Morrison; Jessica Tsang; Nina Wakeford; and Ben Cain.

In the same period I worked to support both the studios and the exhibitions programme at Set The Controls for the Heart of The Sun where we worked with, among others, Toby Christian; Simeon Barclay; Harry Meadley; Philip Coyne; Emilia Bergmark; and Lindsey Mendick.

In 2013 I was gallery assistant (distribution) at Eastside Projects working on exhibitions including ‘Puppet Show’; Cao Fei’s ‘Haze and Fog’; Aimée Zito Lema and Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory ‘Sitting is a Verb’; and ‘Trade Show’.