Matthew Collings visits local artists in preparation for Bermondsey London Exhibition


British art critic, writer and broadcaster Matthew Collings has visited Gibraltar this week to meet
with the nine artists selected to represent the Rock in London at an Exhibition at Bermondsey
Project Space. The visit organised by Gibraltar Cultural Services on behalf of the Ministry of
Culture, is in line with the Government’s vision to promote Gibraltar’s art abroad and put the Rock
on the Cultural map. It fits in well with its educational drive to create opportunities for artists and
further their growth and development.

Matthew, an established artist with a broad background had a chance to discuss the artists’
creations and explore their vision. He visited some of them in their studios at home, and in other
venues, whilst others were hosted at the John Mackintosh Hall. Matthew has been impressed with
the quality and diversity of the work produced and feels the exhibition will offer a true snapshot of
Gibraltar through the artistic lens. Gibraltar’s history and heritage captured through iconic
buildings and landmarks, its natural beauty through mixed media work, its essence, and people
through modern interpretations with film and sculpture represented too. Matthew will now work
on writing a catalogue for the Exhibition which will no doubt serve to promote the event further.

Gibraltar Cultural Services takes this opportunity to thank Matthew for his involvement in this
initiative and for his valuable advice and steer working with the artists. It would also like to thank
artist Phillipa Beale, who will be curating the exhibition, for her support and vision with the project.