I studied at Brighton Polytechnic 1984 to 1987 and continued to live in Sussex for a number of years after my degree (in Fine Art/Printmaking). During this time I had a studio at Red Herring studios.
I met and made friends with many wonderful artists and craftspeople at Red Herring and through those people met many more.One of the artists all those years ago was Matthew Miller. Matthew became a good friend and we lived in a shared house (five of us in total with a constant streams of friends visiting and staying) where every Saturday ‘Summer in the City’ would go on the turntable which meant it was time to get up and clean. Strange the memories that stay with us.
Matthew was the friend I sat next to on a bean bag during a party and just quietly watched the world going on around us, without needing to speak.
But Matthew was big and noisy in his own way. He was one of the founding members of Fabrica along with other artists from Red Herring and he was a co-director along with Liz Whitehead.
A fabulously original artist, he was in his unique way a “visionary leader, a meticulous project manager and a man who was totally dedicated to his task.” (Fabrica website)
To me, Matthew was a dear cherished friend. Quietly present in my life although not always physically present. He inspired me every time we met, he encouraged me to think widely about my creative interests and all while I didn’t realise what was going on, until, in 2011, he suddenly died.
Seven years on I still mourn the loss of this dear talented friend and am proud to be able to take part in an event that supports a cause that was so much part of Matthew.
You can read about Matthew and his talents in his Guardian obituary.
Through the years I’ve visited Fabrica many times, been able to immerse myself in art that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to see and experience. I feel this gallery is a really important part of the current art scene, it supports so many people in so many ways. I feel a need to, and feel privileged to be asked to be part of this team of people helping to, keep Fabrica open.