Matthew Burrows artist; (C) Pete Jones

Matthew Burrows is UK based artist, founder and director of Artist Support Pledge Ltd.

Matthew speaks of his painting as a form of subsistence, dependent on and arising from the ground at his feet. His relationship with place is one of dwelling and ritual, a process of mythologising, of drawing meaning from the particularities of the environment and his movement in and through it. He has a specific interest in subsistence cultures and mystical traditions, believing that the proper place for art, equality and sustainablity is rooted in understanding this relationship.

Along side his studio practice Matthew runs Artist Support Projects, a network and peer mentoring scheme designed to build a culture of trust and generosity in support of mid-career and established artists. Artist Support Pledge grew out of the ethos cultivated by Artist Support Projects. Matthew is represented by Vigo Gallery London and is a mentor on the Turps Studio Programme London. More info:

Meet the steering group who are additionally giving their time and skills to help shape and develop the future of Artist Support Pledge.

Liz Gilmore is the founding director of Hastings Contemporary. Over the broad sweep of her 20-year career in the arts – leading an innovative artistic enterprise on the South East coast of England; playing a key role in the formation and delivery of Arts Council England’s strategic ambitions for visual arts; being an interpretation specialist at the heart of the evolution of The National Gallery’s learning programme and strategy development; and advising on learning policies to promote inclusion across multiple museums – Liz has been motivated by a strong sense of social mission, blending creative and artistic ambition with creating personal and social impetus and impact. Liz is a Programme Fellow of Westminster Abbey Institute for ethics in public life. More info:

Crafts Council Isobel Dennis & Natalie Melton

Natalie Melton was appointed Creative Director at the Crafts council in January 2019.  Her remit covers exhibitions and collections, marketing and communications, Crafts magazine, research and advocacy and special projects.

Recognising that the Artists support Pledge could provide an invaluable lifeline and support network to artists and makers during the pandemic, the Crafts Council have lent their support to Matthew in an advisory capacity, promoting the pledge to our maker networks, encouraging them to get involved, amplifying the pledge across our communication channels and media contacts and helping out managing with some of the day to day admin.  It’s been an absolute privilege to see how the initiative has evolved and grown, and created a generous economy for those participating. More info:

Jon Treadway is an independent consultant helping mission-driven organisations gain insight into complex problems and turn that into meaningful change. He has extensive experience in leadership roles in commercial and not for profit organisations, with particular expertise in the research sector, the creative industries, and working with early stage companies positioning for growth. Between 2016-19, Jon was COO at Digital Science, the global technology company and venture firm supporting the science and research communities. He spent 4 years as a Senior Analyst working on strategy and M&A projects for Holtzbrinck Group,  including the creation of a 80,000 sq foot campus for their UK businesses, the merger of Springer and Nature publishing groups, and the strategy for the launch of Dimensions, a next-generation research data platform. Prior to this, Jon ran the UK’s largest arts funding programme in the UK Arts Council and co-authored the 2010 white paper on private funding in the arts commissioned by the Secretary of State for Culture. Jon is a qualified accountant and lives in South London. He tries to alert people to the work of Douglas Adams as often as possible. More info:

Katie Campbell is strategic communications consultant at Brunswick Group, an advisory firm specialising in business critical issues, helping clients navigate the interconnected worlds of finance, politics and society.  

Katie specialises in advising arts & cultural organisations and foundations on media and campaign strategy.  Prior to working at Brunswick, Katie worked in the Global Communications team at Valentino in Rome and is a fluent Italian speaker.  She read History and Italian at Oxford University and holds an MA in Curating from the Courtauld Institute of Art.  

Javier Pes writes about artists and museums. Now freelance, he has been the editor of The Art Newspaper, UK editor of Artnet News, and editor of Museum Practice magazine. Before becoming an arts journalist he worked as a museum curator.

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