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Matthew Cornford


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Matthew Cornford is an artist and leads the BA (Hons) Fine Art Critical Practice course at the University of Brighton.

He began working with David Cross after graduating from the RCA in 1991, for over 20-years Cornford & Cross created a wide range of art projects in response to specific contexts and situations. Their work and projects have been exhibited in Europe, North America and at galleries in the UK including Camden Arts Centre, ICA, John Hansard Gallery, Photographers Gallery, De La Warr Pavilion and Wolverhampton Art Gallery. A monograph on their work, Cornford & Cross, including an essay by John Roberts was published in 2009.

For a number of years Matthew Cornford has worked with Professor John Beck (University of Westminster) researching the cultural history of British art schools, including an ongoing topographic survey of former British art school buildings. Since 2009, they have given numerous talks at galleries and universities, including ‘Excavating the British Art School’, Utopics in Art and Architecture, Chelsea College of Art and Design, 2010 and ‘The Lost World of the Provincial British Art School’ at Tate Britain’s 2011, Reflections on the Art School conference. The Journal of Visual Culture published their article ‘The Art School in Ruins’ in 2012 and an artists’ book, The Art School and the Culture Shed, was published in 2014. Their exhibition ‘The Art Schools of North West England’ at the Bluecoat, Liverpool is the first occasion their photographs and texts will have been exhibited in a public gallery.


  • NX Arts in general
  • Art education
  • Architectural photography
  • Art school
  • Fine Art

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Research Output 2008 2016

How Do You Write a Risk Assessment for Lips of Thomas?

Cornford, M. 1 Dec 2016 21, 6, p. 107-112 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Risk Assessment
Marina Abramovic

Old School: The Case for Specialism in Art Education

Cornford, M. 15 Apr 2016 Specialism. Blamey, D. (ed.). London, p. 21-35 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Old School
Art Education

The Art School and the Culture Shed

Beck, J. & Cornford, M. 10 Jan 2014 Kingston upon Thames. 48 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authored

Art School
Educational Institutions

The student placement scheme: teaching and learning post-studio practice

Cornford, M. & Diab, S. 1 Mar 2014 13, 1, p. 41-49 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

fine arts
fine arts education

Activities 2019 2019

Association for Art History

Pollen, A. (Member of programme committee), Perry, L. (Member of programme committee), Purbrick, L. (Member of programme committee), Wintle, C. (Member of programme committee), Salaman, N. (Member of programme committee), Cornford, M. (Member of programme committee), Aynsley, J. (Member of programme committee)

Activity: Conference