Matthew Harris is a graduate of the textile course at Goldsmiths College and has been working with textiles since 2000, having for the previous ten years made and exhibited drawings and works on paper. He has shown in a number of group and solo exhibitions throughout the U.K, Ireland and Japan.

Matthew Harris makes work that employs dying, cutting and hand stitching. It is concerned primarily with abstract imagery and the translation of drawn marks into cloth. By making work that is pieced, patched and assembled, he aims to create pieces that explore repetition, pattern and the disrupted or dissonant journey of line and image across and through the surface of cloth.

Curriculum Vitae

  • Education

  • Hereford College of Art.


  • Goldsmith College.
    B.A. Hons Textiles


  • Grants and Awards

  • 2010 January

    Arts Foundation Shortlist. Textile Art

  • 2004/5 March

    Crafts Council. Outward mission Japan

  • 2001 September

    Crafts Council. Setting Up Grant.

  • 2001 July

    PRYM award for outstanding use of hand stitch

  • Solo Exhibitions.

  • 2013 October 

    Material Matters

  • 2008 June

    Trace Elements. Black Swan Gallery, Frome. Drawings and Cloth. Touring show

  • 2001 August

    Cheltenham International Music Festival. ’After Gruppen’ Cloth and Drawings inspired by Stockhausen’s score.

  • 1996 February

    The Pump House Gallery, London. Large works on paper.

  • 1991 April

    Ash Gallery, Royal Mile, Edinburgh. ‘Sowers’ Drawing and Sculpture.

  • 1990 April

    Ash Gallery, Royal Mile, Edinburgh. Works on Paper.

  • Selected Mixed Exhibitions

  • 2013 September

    Rendezvous Goldsmiths
    Ruthin Craft Centre

  • 2013 May

    Saatchi Gallery, London, Represented by Contemporary Applied Arts.


  • 2013 April

    50/50 A Japanese Journey. Matthew Harris/Cleo Mussi
    Russell-Coates Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth

  • 2013 February

    Matthew Harris  Tim Rowan
    Erskine, Hall and Coe, London


  • 2012 November

    Nadelwerke, Galerie Handwerk, Munich

  • 2012 May

    Saatchi Gallery, London, Represented by Contemporary Applied Arts, London

  • 2012 April

    Sofa, New York, Represented by Erskine, Hall and Coe, London

  • 2012 March

    50/50 Matthew Harris/Cleo Mussi, Contemporary Applied Arts, London

  • 2011 May

    Saatchi Gallery, London, Represented by New Brewery Arts

  • 2011 March

    Modern Masters
    Galerie Handwerk, International Trade Fair

  • 2011 February

    50/50 Matthew Harris/Cleo Mussi
    Victoria Art Gallery, Bath

  • 2010 July

    Men of Cloth, Waterside Art Gallery, Sale

  • 2009 Sept

    Taking Time. Craft and the Slow Revolution.
    Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

  • 2009 May

    Stroud International Textile Festival.

  • 2008 August

    Makers in the Bay, Cardiff, Joint show.

  • 2008 March

    Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia U.S.A ,6th International Textile Biennale.

  • 2007 March

    Fibre Art Now
    Gallery Handwerk, Munich

  • 2006 May

    Traces and Echoes
    Stroud Textile Festival

  • 2005 December

    Contemporary Applied Arts, London
    Christmas show.

  • 2005 November

    Bilston Craft Gallery, West Midlands.
    Deconstruct Reconstruct.

  • 2005 May

    Ozone Gallery Tokyo
    Meet the British: Crafts.

  • 2005 March

    Axis Gallery Tokyo
    Structure, surface, shape. Crafts Council show.

  • 2004 September

    Gallery Aoyama. Tokyo.

  • 2004 May

    Rope Store Studio. Nailsworth, Gloucestershire.
    Making their mark.

  • 2003 September

    Contemporary Applied Arts. London.
    ‘New Member Focus’.

  • 2003 June

    Rope Store Studio. Nailsworth, Gloucestershire.
    ‘Fine Lines’.

  • 2003 January

    England and Co, London.

  • 2002 December

    Ormeau Baths Gallery, N. Ireland.
    International Textile Biannual.

  • 2002 August

    The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.
    Festival Show.

  • 2002 June

    Victoria and Albert Museum, London ‘New Faces’,
    Selected Makers from The Crafts Council.

  • 2001 September

    EGG Knightsbridge, London.
    Cloth and Drawings.

  • 2001 June

    The Rope Store Gallery, Stroud.
    Works in Cloth.

  • Commissions

  • 2014

    Field Notes
    Collaboration with composer Howard Skempton.
    Commissioned by Craftspace, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Arts Alive.

  • 2006-2008

    Colston Hall, Bristol
    New Extension Commission. Large Graphic score for wall.

  • 2001 July

    Cheltenham International Music Festival.
    Stage backdrop.