Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Tall Tales Whitstable Biennial satellite events 19 June – 4 July 2010

Tall Tales - Whitstable Biennial satellite events 19 June – 4 July 2010

Tall Tales seeks to record the embellished truths and myths of the British public house.

Following in the traditions of Cecil Sharp and Alan Lomax, Matt Rowe will trawl local public houses and social clubs, collecting a series of field recordings and documentary images.

Matt Rowe and Abi Gillchist will then transcribe these ramblings from chance encounters into a hand-bound compendium of regional folkore.

The Tall Tales compendium presents a loose form of social reportage, celebrating localism and exaggerated truths.

Have you found one of the Tall Tale's beer mats? if so tell us your Tall Tale here

About the Biennale
The Whitstable Biennale is a festival of contemporary visual art, with a curated programme focused on artists’ performances and works made for the screen. A programme of commissions running throughout the Biennale will be accompanied by events unfolding each weekend including a dynamic film programme and a varied talks and events programme. Please visit for information on previous Biennales.

23/03 /2010 silk screen printing the Tall Tales certificates at Silkworm Studios in Folkestone

 Recherche trip on Tuesday the 23/03/2010


Thursday, 14 January 2010

Hidden Territories, Fisherman's Beach

Hidden Territories is a series of  inquires in to the vernacular territories that fringe the urban environment.

New works begin to document these spaces and there inhabitants, with the purpose of distilling there codes and visual symbols in to an essence of folk culture.

Fisherman's Beach is a fully functional working beach in Hythe Kent. 
This series of images images depict a declining coastal industry.

As of March 2010 the beach will become prime redevelopment land with the remaining fishing fleet continuing to operate further along the beach. However the distinctively ramshackle architecture and its intrinsic community are becoming dissembled to make way to progress.

Landed Beach fishing was once a staple industry of the Cinque port towns. 
A culture  that has been in slow decline for decades.

Traces of this industry can still be found around the Kent and Sussex coast line. In this short film  Chris Searson documents the Dungeness, beach fishing community Link

all images © Matt Rowe 2010






See more images  at Matt Rowe Photography

Thursday, 3 December 2009

The Dollar Street Gallery ~ Retirement Home For China Dogs

A China Dog is for Life, Not Just For Christmas
Each year thousands of china ornaments are cast out of the home, many end up abandoned, chipped even broken. However the is hope, Go Go Whippet has founded the retirement home for china dogs. simply drop in your unwanted ornaments to our china dog sanctuary collection point's, where your donation will continue to develop this unique folk archive.

The china dog archive + last supper of camp dog plates will be exhibited along side works by Rembrandt and Queen Victoria...

Collection Point:
The Dollar Street Gallery
Tuesday ~ Saterday10am ~ 6pm November To December 2009
34-36 Dollar Street ~ Cirencester ~ Gloucestershire GL7 2AN ~ UK ~ 01285 651 072 ~ Link

Thursday, 26 November 2009

MRP Site now live

Now Live  showcases social portraiture, contemporary landscapes and documentary images taken over the last 7 years, along side selected commercial work.
The documentary images capture the changing folk identity and aesthetic of Shepway's vernacular spaces, as the region adopts a new seaside identity.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

New Look Go go Whippet web site

New look Go Go Whippet web site now up and running visit

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Go Go Whippet at Tom Dixons The Dock

On Saturday 26th November Club Shepway have been invited to exhibit at the Art Car Boutique one of a series creative events curated by Tom Dixon for London design week.

Monday, 24 August 2009

Art Of Noise Custome Vinyl Record Show

Custome Vinyl Record Show submission.

Private View 6-9pm - Thursday 3rd September 2009
Sat/Sun 12-4pm until Sunday 20th September
Weekdays by Appointment Only.
Venue - Swanfield Yard, 2b Swanfield Street, London E2 7DS