Matthew Macaulay
Painter, Researcher and Curator

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Born in Lerwick, U.K, Matthew Macaulay received his MA in Painting at Coventry School of Art & Design in 2016. Macaulay was chosen for the very first Rugby Independent School Artist Residency, and was chosen for the Garfield Weston Residency at Aberystwyth Arts Centre (2012).

Recent exhibitions include Fiction, Corridor Projects, Ohio / Boecker Contemporary, Heidelberg (2016) Elbangfest, Pillnitz Castle, Dresden (2016) 6th Gin, 6 Gins, Liverpool (2015) Peer Review, Imperial College London (2015) Auf Papier, Dresden Rathaus, Dresden (2014) About Painting, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2014) Surfacing, East Street Arts, Leeds (2014) White Hours, Studio Apothiki, Paphos (2014)

He is currently undertaking a PhD in Coventry at the School of Art & Design.


Research Interests:
Abstraction, Arts Education, Art Schools, British Abstract Painting, Visual Arts, Transatlantic Painterly Dialogues

PhD Research Project 'The Impact of British Abstract Painting on the UK BA Hons Fine Art Curriculum From 1975 - 2005'
2016 - 2019
Professor Jill Journeaux

Past Research

Studio Provision / Artist Workspace
Matthew Macaulay in 2013 conducted nine months of research, funded by Arts Council England, to find sustainable models of studio provision that could be developed in Coventry. He worked with local studio provider Artspace Coventry to create a disucssion in the city around the planned and current state of studio provision. Partners and artists in the city where invited to take part in a total of twenty studio visits to studio providers thoughout Britain.


Classroom / Gallery & Project Space
This is a space for visual exchange, conversation and artist led activity. In January 2016 as a new Pluspace Project we started the 'New Coventry Group' which was meant to be a forum for artists in Coventry to address issues that affected their continual professional development. Through conversation and questionaires we found that better studio provision for 'dirty practice' and better quality exhibition space are needed in Coventry.

Pluspace Projects
Pluspace Projects was founded as a gallery/project space in 2011, it was originally located in Coventry city centre square in a space which was once a restaurant called 'The Bridge'. before its founding the space was being used by Matthew Macaulay as his studio, he had an open studio event and a couple of artists asked if they could use his 'plus space' to exhibit their work. Pluspace grew out of this, and other conversations, with artists in Coventry, as a result the project has always focused on championing artists that where in the local region.


Contact Me

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You can also write to me at:
Coventry School of Art and Design.
Graham Sutherland Building,
Cox Street,