Mat Cahill was born in Lancashire (U.K) in 1984 and
raised in a creative household by his ceramicist father and his mother who taught English and P.E. His childhood was spent creatively, drawing imaginative worlds and obsessively designing football
kits for his favourite teams. This initial interest in to art was nurtured by his family through frequent visits to galleries and museums. These early experiences inspired him later on in life to
create his own creative learning methodologies within gallery environments.
The following curriculum vitae, presents how his
career in fine art practise and creative learning developed:
- 2000: Mat Cahill leaves Holy Cross High School to study Art and Design at Blackburn college
- 2001: After forming close relationships with fellow peers and teachers, Mat discovers an interest in Fine Art painting with a specific
interest in Expressionist painters such as Guston, De kooning and Baselitz
- 2002: Cahill successfully completes his Pre-Degree Foundation and enrols at Loughborough University to study Fine Art painting where he
continued his interest in painting as a form of expression
- 2003: Cahill injures his hand whilst making a canvas frame, resulting in him to stop painting. This forced him to rediscover his
intimate relationship with drawing and more specifically sketchbooks
- 2005: Graduates from Loughborough University with a first class honours degree. His degree show presents his interest in subjects such
as the position humour holds within contemporary art and the position of Masculinity within a Post-modern society. He continues his
studies at Wimbledon College of Art and his passionate interest in drawing on the M.A for drawing
- 2006: Starts exhibiting in group shows whilst still studying at Wimbledon. His degree show exhibits new interests in subject
matters such as the importance of the act of drawing in everyday life and Antagonism vs. conviviality within relational aesthetics. These new themes are
inspired by his new interests in theorists and artists such as Nicolas Bourriaud, Inventory, Bob and Roberta Smith and Stephen Willats.
- Creates the Gandhi Lounge with fellow Wimbledon graduate whilst partaking an Artist in residency at Turnford School in
- 2007: Moves to Manchester to start his own Art education consultancy forming lasting relationships with local education
- Cahill fulfils childhood ambitions by devising and leading educational workshops at the Lowry gallery and Whitworth Art
- 2008: Cahill has his first solo show in London at The Muse@269 Gallery and moves to Devon to work for Damien Hirst as a studio
- 2009: Is forced to move back to the North West after staff cutbacks are made due to the recession. Cahill returns to working as a
freelance art educator and starts experimenting with the notion of the permanency of drawing through ceramics at his father’s studio.
- Exhibits at the Lowry for the first time
- 2010: Cahill moves to a new studio at Mirabel Studios in Manchester. In partnership with Helen Knowles, they create the drawing lab at
Gatley Primary school whilst involved the artist in-residency scheme funded by creative partnerships.
- 2011: Continues to work as freelance creative education consultant involving lots of new clients such as Bolton council, Manchester
Metropolitan University, C.UE and Manchester P.R.Us to name a few.’
- ‘Oooh look at all those people’ is awarded a judges commendation at the Open Up North prize.
- 2012: Cahill is named a shortlisted artist by Rise Art and moves back to London whilst retaining his studio in
- Working in collaboration with Curated Place and Kew Gardens, Cahill ran creative workshops for the Mayan: Easter
- 2013: Cahill conitues to exhibit in London and Manchester whilst lecturing at OrchardHill College in
- When sharing his creative time between his studio in Manchester and office in London, his works becomes smaller and many pieces are sold
into private collections.
- 2014: Cahill collaborates with West Elm where interior designers used his work for inspiration.
- Cahill has his first major solo show in 6 years at Rise Art in London
- Cahill shows a selection of new work at Buy Art Fair (Manchester) on the Rise Art stand.
- 2015 :Cahill moves studio to Arch 26 in Peckham
- Cahill fulfills a childhood dream and gives a talk to sportswear company Nike about how creatives can colaborate with large
- 2016: Cahill shows new work in his first solo show in Manchester:Anonymously Personal
- Cahill exhibits in Hong kong for the first time
- Cahill creates an installtion at the V&A as part of Design Nation Festival.