Matthew Caines

Curriculum Vitae


1991-1993 Sir John Cass School of Art, Whitechapel

Foundation in Art & Design and One year Certificate in Painting

1993-1995 Middlesex University Fine Arts Degree BA (Hons)

1996 Assistant to sculptor Paula Haughney -roughing out large limestone dragon and carving mouldings

1996-1999 The City & Guilds School of Art of Art, Kennington

Diploma in Carving Architectural Ornament (Stone carving)



1997 City & Guilds Drawing Prize

1998 Winner-David Ballardie Travelling Scholarship

1999 City & Guilds Lettercutting Prize

1999 Queen Elizabeth Scholarship-Awarded for 8 weeks carving Stations of the Cross at Studio Sem,   Pietrasanta, Tuscany, Italy

2008 Winston Churchill Memorial Trust-Awarded for working with Greek sculptor Petros Dellatolas carving a High-Hellenistic head of the goddess Hygia in Attican marble

2011 Wingate Scholarship-Awarded to undertake six weeks living and carving with Inuit sculptors in the Northwest Territories, Canada



1999 Drawings displayed at Crowthers Gallery, Pimlico Road, London

1999 Sculpture commissioned by the New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury, U.K

1999 Apprenticeship in letter cutting with James Salisbury

2000 Undertakes period of carving at Studio Sem under the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship

2000 Takes space at Chisenhale Studios and undertakes large memorial stone commissions

2000 Joins register of carvers at Memorials by Artists

2000 Assists sculptor Peter Randall-Page fixing large relief panel

2000-2003 Organises and teaches stone carving classes at St.Paul’s Church, Islington, London

2000-2003 Visits and teaches at Statuaria Marmi studio, Carrara, Italy

2000 Teaches part-time at The Sculpture Academy, Waterloo, London

2000-2016 Undertakes many commissions for memorial stones that are fixed in many churches and cemeteries in London & across U.K

2000 Collaborates with sculptor Paula Haughney on a memorial to the Five Guards at Caterham Barracks Surrey, in the form of a tall column with lettering and regimental insignia

2001-2009 Takes studio at Bow Arts Trust and takes part in annual open studios

2002 Artist in residence at Bow Boys Secondary School, Year 11’s visit studio at Bow Arts Trust

2002 After school sculpture project at Childeric Primary School, New Cross

2003 Artist in residence at Mayflower Primary School, Poplar

Undertakes design of new playground. Makes large relief woodcarvings and two free standing totem pole carvings in oak

2003 Artist in residence at St. Paul’s Way Secondary School. Designs bronze doorway to the HARCA building with children

2003 Half-term workshop in plaster sculpture at Bow Boys Secondary School

2003 Relocation of stone carving classes to Hackney City Farm, 1A Goldsmiths Row, Hackney

2003-2009 Facilitates variety of short workshops for education outreach at Bow Arts Trust including drawing skills for Head teachers in North & East London, 3D skills for trainee teachers and life drawing at Rotherhithe Academy School

2003-2004 Designs and carves large Portland stone relief sculpture for new dance and drama hall at Central Foundation Secondary School for Girls, Mile End, London

2005 Carves sculpture ‘The Shepard’ for garden development at Hackney City Farm

2006-2008 Made Heritage Skills Officer-Abney Park Cemetery

Creates stone carving studio, organises and runs education programmes

2007-2012 Relocates stone carving classes to the church of St. John on Bethnal Green, London and co-ordinates Community Art Room activities

2007-2011 Takes part annually in The Big Draw-workshops including Body-mapping in the library at the Welcome Trust building in Euston and drawing and sculpting roof bosses at Southwark Cathedral

2007-2009 Designs and carves large sculpture of St. John the Theologian for St. John’s Primary School

2007-2008 Designs and carves four large sandstone floral monoliths for ‘The Way Forward’ garden on behalf of St. Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney, London. Wins Chelsea Flower Show Bronze Medal.

2009 Present-Work exhibited at The Art Shop & Gallery Abergavenny including woodcarvings and wood engravings

2010 Lead artist for ‘Sculpting my City’ for the Museum of London, working with young people from Fairbridge Charity, Hackney, drawing Roman artefacts and teaching them to make a series of sculptures in wood, soap stone and alabaster to be exhibited in the courtyard garden at the Museum in 2012

2011-2012 Carves Large Welsh Dragon in slate with gilding and lettering for Alun Griffiths Engineering, Llanfoist, Wales

2012 Carves three foot blue whale bone for the University of Ottawa

2012 Starts investigating Scrimshaw engraving and creating sculptures from naturally shed Welsh antler and tagua nut material

2014 Takes part in Dark Tales Exhibition at Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, Cwmbran, Wales with fellow artist and partner Amanda Caines

2015 Shared Vision Exhibition, The collaborative works of Matt & Amanda Caines at

Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, Cwmbran, Wales

2016 Intersection Exhibition with Amanda Caines at The Art Shop & Gallery, Abergavenny, Wales

2017 Fresh Air Sculpture Show-Quenington Sculpture Park, Gloustershire

2017 Gallery in a Box-Touring exhibition for Welsh Arts Council

2017 Winter Draws Nigh Brook Street Pottery and Gallery, Hay on Wye

2017 Made London-Marlyebone (with Amanda Caines )

2018 Teaches workshops for Crew Celf programme at Llantarnham Grange Arts Centre

Forthcoming Exhibitions & works

Installation project at Llwyn Celyn for The Landmark Trust

Creating sculptural walls in building that will be a visitor centre from myriad found objects from this historic site