Matt Durran has an international art practice based in London, working within the medium of glass and its applications. His artwork has developed into areas such as innovation and design, medical technology, digital craft and renewable energy. The up-cycling of the material lead to his involvement in setting up the Glass Heap Challenge - an international event that takes waste glass and turns it into a valuable resource.
Exhibiting internationally and curating shows, Matt Durran's artwork is revealed through large-scale installations and sculptures often incorporating large-scale photo-grams. His photo-grams use photographic printing techniques to capture the inner world of his glass objects, reminiscent of x-rays. All this is inspired by his travels through Eastern Europe and Russia. In fact, his expertise in the properties of glass and its structures has seen him move from being a ‘conventional’ artist to the forefront of the world of tissue engineering. He now works with leading surgeons and researchers to create glass moulds for tissue and organ regeneration, the result of which has led to life-changing operations for patients needing complex organ transplant. This work was shown at the Power of Making, V&A museum 2012.
His award winning film set in Russia, ‘The Blessed Factory’, winner of the Montpelier Film Festival Glass prize 2012, illustrates his connections with industry, art and making.