Matthew Dever

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Matthew Dever

Born in Preston, Lancashire, UK, in 1978.

Lives in North Yorkshire.

When Matthew Dever was young he was interested in drawing and painting, encouraged by his grandfather and uncle, a professional artist living and working in Manchester during the 80s.

In 1990, Matthew, his parents, grandparents, two brothers and an uncle drove to Poland in a minibus to retrace their past; Matthew was charged with documenting the event on an 8mm format Sony. The exact whereabouts of their relatives laid mostly unknown, so they drove across Europe and worked it out along the way. Matthew was able to document rural life, a family affected by Chernobyl fallout and a protest outside the Russian Embassy in Krakow. The footage ran to a three-hour film.

As part of Matthew Dever’s degree studies, in 2001, he read sociology and social policy and he now uses a sociological perspective to research influence on beliefs and behaviours; specifically, collective behaviour, and the relationship between individuals and society.

Matthew Dever has worked on PR stories in education and cultural heritage projects that have been published internationally. Matthew has been distributed by the AP and some of his clients have been The Late Show with David Letterman, the Department for Education and the Star Carr Archaeology Project (University of York, ERC, Historic England).

Matthew is a member of Shutter Hub, BECTU and an associate member of the AOP.

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    Past Exhibitions

    05 March 2020 – 02 April 2020 POSTCARDS FROM GREAT BRITAIN: HAARLEM. Hotel Lion d’Or, Kruisweg 34-36, 2011 LC Haarlem, The Netherlands.

    Postcards from Great Britain is a largescale project from Shutter Hub, inviting photographers to share their visions of British culture through photographic images and create conversations and exchange. Pop-up exhibitions will be held in locations across Europe, with related events, showcasing thousands of postcard-sized images. Every image submitted to Postcards from Great Britain will be collated into a digital and print catalogue, to be housed in libraries and archives around the world.

    In a significant time in European history this project sets out to document and share aspects of British culture, spanning all genres of photography, and collating images which include social, political, historical, traditional and observational responses. Supported by Fujifilm Original Photo Paper.

    December 2019 – 28 February 2020 EVERYDAY DELIGHT. Free Space Project, Kentish Town Health Centre, 2 Bartholomew Road, London, NW5 2BX.

    5 October 2019 – 19 October 2019 HOME. Gallery at Home, Llancayo Court, Usk, Wales, NP15 1HY.
    80 international photographers donated their work in support of the UK homelessness charities Crisis, Shelter Cymru and Toiletries Amnesty.

    22 September 2019 – 29 September 2019 UCI Road World Championships. The Fan Zone, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 1BJ.

    9 September 2019 – 15 September 2019 STREET / FORM. Hilledijk 105B, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
    STREET / FORM brought together international photographers from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, North America, and the UK, in a selected exhibition, investigating photography’s relationship with the urban landscape and street culture, at Europe’s largest Street Art Festival – Pow! Wow! Rotterdam. Curated by Karen Harvey.

    28 March 2019 – 3 May 2019 Everything I Ever Learnt. Art at the ARB, University of Cambridge, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT.
    Group exhibition curated by Karen Harvey and Judith Weik.

    1 March 2019 – 31 March 2019 Women in the 21st Century. Dalston CLR James Library, Dalston Square, Dalston Lane, London, E8 3BQ and the Idea Store, Chrisp Street, 1 Vesey Path, East India Dock Road, London, E14 5RB.
    A creative collection of images portraying the diverse women of today.

    16 October 2018 – 26 January 2019 Out of the Ordinary. St Bride Foundation, 14 Bride Lane, London, EC4Y 8EQ.
    A selected group exhibition curated by Laura Ward.

    7 December 2018 – 21 January 2019 Shutter Hub OPEN 2018 5&33 Gallery, Prins Hendrikkade 33, 1012 TM Amsterdam, Netherlands and 4 October – 9 October 2018. The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QR.

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