was set up in 1979 by Robin
Klassnik in his studio in Hackney
.It was named after his dog, Matt E.Mulsion.
The intention of the gallery was and is to provide artists with the
space and time to develop new ideas and ways of working, while making
a new work for the space in which it is to be exhibited. Alongside this
is an element of collaboration between the artist and Robin Klassnik.
The philosophy which informs the making and the presentation of the
work at the gallery and its publishing programme is unique and has been
seminal to the development of attitudes towards these processes in the
visual arts over the last eighteen years.
Artists invited into the space are not necessarily well known. It is
characteristic for both little known and younger artists to be invited
The gallery is none-profit making. In 1988 Robin Klassnik was joined
by an administrator, and in 1992 with an increase in its annual revenue
the gallery moved to Bow.
The gallery pays all costs related to the making of the work, including:
materials, catalogues, advertising material, and a fee to the artist.
at Matts Gallery 1979 to 1991
at Matts Gallery 1991to 1997
Artists in the East End of London 1972 to present day
42-44 Copperfield Road,
Exhibitions September 1979 to Present
Matts Gallery Jan-March 1998