matt hilton cv and public acquisitions

“The sailor cannot see the north but knows the needle can” 

American poet Emily Dickinson

« The function of a work of art is to halt, however momentarily, our rush to the grave. It does this by disrupting the way by which we apprehend objects in their space/time cradle.  In a way, art is a reaction; satiric, violent against death but also a fart in the tedious face of magic – it gets its metaphoric capacity from the transformative function of the human mind over and beyond the obvious. Of magic it keeps only the ritual genuflections of its more decadent practitioners » 
 
Unpublished note translated from the French 2004 

Public collections 

Bibliothèque nationale France 
Commune de Bages, France 
Lieu d’Art Contemporain de Sigean, France 
Freud Museum London 
Southern Arts England 
Government Collection Whitehall 
Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery 
Saint Thomas Hospital London 
Birmingham Art Gallery 
Kasser Foundation, Newark United States. 
Yorkshire Arts 
Calderdale Council 
Dean Clough Collection, Halifax 
British Council 

Narrative cv

Born Highgate 1948, raised in Notting Dale.
Played Oliver Twist St Georges Campden Hill 1957
Played Princess Pompiona opposite Alan Rickman Latymer Upper 1962
Played deaf mute, semiprofessional company  il Seraglio 1963
Saturday morning drama club, Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Played lead in Edward Bond’s Stoned 1964
Bought 8mm cine camera 1966
Bournemouth University. First class BA honours cinematography 1971
Butlins Minehead shot, edited and commented camp newsreel.
London 16mm agit prop against Westway.
Shot film for Stuart Brisley under auspices APG at Hille furniture company 1971
Met Dr Robin Farquherson at Arts Lab & made allegorical film of Leila Khaled planejacking as promo for a single by The White Panthers. Film went into London Filmmakers Co-op but now lost 1972
Two seasons with Welfare State Theatre as film maker/performer 1974/75


Married and joined West Yorkshire Fire Brigade
Supported miners in Fireman’s strike 1979
Two children
Divorced. Exhibition of photographs, Holdsworth Gallery, Hebden Bridge 1981
First exhibition of linoprints Holdsworth Gallery, Hebden Bridge  1982
Chairman of Hebden Bridge Festival, organised colloquium with Griselda Pollock, Andrew Brighton and Peter Fuller 1983
Manchester Print Workshop Bursary 1984
Resigned from Fire Brigade 1985
Moved  to LYC Gallery, Hadrians Wall and then Hull 1986
Artist in residence Fieldhead Mental Hospital Wakefield 1987
Bradford Print Biennale prize winner 1987
Exhibited with Austin/Desmond, London 1988
Baltic sea voyage. Wrote poem/journal Flagships for New Reaches with drypoint suite 1989
Exhibited Pier Arts Centre Orkney, Aberdeen, Feren’s Gallery Hull and Austin/Desmond 1990
Visited and worked Berlin 
Established private teaching studio Art Press Work Base (apwb) Hull with support of local business 1991
Artist in residence, Mappin Gallery, Sheffield 1993
Group show London Print Studio 1995
Moved to Norfolk
Time of black
Suite of screenprints inspired by Alan Ginsberg’s Howl, Gresham Studio, Cambridge 1998
Solo exhibition Journey to the surface of the earth Peterborough City Art Gallery 2000
Worked as surveyor unclassified roads
Worked as energy grant inspector
Worked as bird scarer, RAF Marham
Moved to the Corbières, France 2004
Worked as caretaker for holiday homes
Solo exhibition Maison des Arts, Bages 2006
Started writing libretto MauMau-the Opera 2009
Met lithographer Philippe Parage and worked on artist’s book My Way of Loving Beasts 2010
Exhibited Ombres Blanches, Toulouse 2011
Wrote text and built images for De La Franqui à Ramonville  a solo exhibition scale pop-up journal, Galerie Les Mille Tiroirs , Pamiers 2012
MauMau-the Opera completed and in hands of composer Taran Carter 2014
Published two ebooks  Heavy Waters & Tap once if Human 2015
Writing on America 2016