ArtsMatrix, the professional skills and enterprise development agency for the arts and creative industries in the South West had its re-launch party this week at Plymouth College of Art.
The Culture Show’s Matthew Collings, art critic and broadcaster, who is also famous for presenting the Turner Prize programme on Channel 4, was guest speaker.
Hannah Revell, creative services development manager for ArtsMatrix told ArtsCulture: “It was a fantastic evening and we were very privileged to have Matthew Collings at the event. Last night really set a marker for ArtsMatrix and what we would like to achieve for our members in the future.”
Erica Steer, director of The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, said: “The south west is home to more makers than anywhere in England outside London and providing a focus for their creative and business development is vital. I am delighted that Plymouth College of Art is hosting ArtsMatrix and we look forward to working with them to support the strong enterprising spirit we have in the region.”
James A Brown, lecturer in contextual practices at Plymouth College of Art said: “The launch event was a great success, and if Mathew Collings’ talk is a sign of things to come, then the future of ArtsMatrix is something to be excited about”
Matthew is an artist and author, well known for presenting the Turner Prize programme on Channel 4 and The Culture Show on BBC 2. He has been responsible for writing and presenting many documentary films for the BBC about individual artists and historical subjects related to the arts.
Entertainment was provided by Mama Tokus, and there were drinks from the B-Bar. Celebrating its new website and an exciting range of courses and networking events for the sector, ArtsMatrix is taking bookings for future events now.
The new programme revealed courses and networking events such as Take Me to Market – Visual Art in Bristol, Brand You! in Exeter, The Digital Age in Bristol, Sub-Cut in Plymouth, and Survive and Thrive in Gloucester. Events are planned for each month throughout the South West.
(from a press release)
(image: Mama Tokus at the relaunch of ArtsMatrix at Plymouth College of Art)