Matt Retallick

Matt moved to Liverpool from Manchester in October 2020. In his research residency for Independents Biennial 2021 he will explore the cultural landscape of Merseyside and ask what independence / the independent means to the people who are building culture across the region. He will invite cultural representatives who are from, live, and work in Merseyside to answer a series of questions. Their responses will be gathered here, and feed into a series of ‘essays’ brought together by Independents Biennial team. This page will function as a place to collate, but also a place to think though ideas across the length of the residency.

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Merseyside: State of Independence? – Matt Retallick

Merseyside: State of Independence?Matt Retallick  This short piece is written...

Matt Retallick: State of Independence

Brief musings on independence v collective, another prompt for discussion. 

Matt Retallick Research Questionnaire 12: Montse Mosquera

Name: Montse Mosquera Location: St Helens / Liverpool

Matt Retallick: Social Media – a prompt for a podcast

This short post is a prompt for a podcast we are recording this...

Matt Retallick Research Questionnaire 11: Sorrell Kerrison

Name: Sorrell Chrystal Kerrison (SorrellCK) Location: Mossley Hill, Liverpool

Matt Retallick Research Questionnaire 10: Grace Collins

Name: Grace CollinsLocation: St HelensWebsite:  1. What is your relationship to Merseyside?

Matt Retallick Research Questionnaire 9: Kevin Crooks

Name: Kevin Crooks Location: St. Helens Website:

Matt Retallick Research Questionnaire 8: Sarah Gilman

Name: Sarah GilmanLocation: St HelensWebsite:  1. What is your...

Matt Retallick Research Questionnaire 7: Luke Skiffington

Name:  Luke Skiffington Location:  Liverpool Website:

Matt Retallick Research Questionnaire 6: Elizabeth Challinor

Name: Elizabeth Challinor  Location: Liverpool  1. What...

Matt Retallick Research Questionnaire 5: Emmer Winder

Name: Emmer Winder Location: Manchester Organisation: Just me!...

Matt Retallick: Going for a walk – an introduction to a method

As we mark the year anniversary of the first lockdown, I’m going for...

Matt Retallick Research Questionnaire 4: Alan Dunn

Name:             Alan Dunn        Location:         Wirral Organisation:  FOUR WORDS/cantaudio/Alternator Studio &...

Matt Retallick Research Questionnaire 3: Jo Mary Watson

Name: Jo Mary Watson Location: Liverpool 1. What is...

Matt Retallick Research Questionnaire 2: Harriet Burns

Name: Harriet Burns Location: Allerton (South Liverpool) 1. What...

Matt Retallick Research Questionnaire 1: Patrick Kirk-Smith

Name: Patrick Kirk-Smith Location: Huyton Organisation: Art in Liverpool

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Jo Mary Watson, Harriet Burns, Matt Retallick and Elizabeth Challinor are documenting the festival, using their own practices to present the themes and methods of the programme. Follow their collective work HERE


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Matt Retallick

Matt Retallick is a curator and writer based in Liverpool. He has worked for a variety of cultural institutions both public and commercial, to include The Whitworth, The Turnpike, Modern Art Oxford, and Hauser & Wirth. He is currently researching for a PhD in Art History at Manchester School of Art, holds an MA in Social Sculpture from the Social Sculpture Research Unit, Oxford, and a BA (Hons) in Curation from Central Saint Martins, London. Matt is Associate Curator at PINK (Manchester), and runs the Instagram projects and @liverpoolmodernist.


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