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Tuesday 16 July 2024

10:00am - 17:00pm

STEAMhouse, Belmont Row, Birmingham, B4 7RQ


Workshop: Exploring Fungi Cultivation


Are you curious about fungi and keen to learn more about how to cultivate them?

Would you like to be able to grow your own mushrooms for various different applications?

Do you want to explore their potential as a material for the future?


STEAMhouse is offering a one-day explorative workshop covering tissue sampling through all stages of cultivation, led by Matt Gale. Matt, a trained biologist, received a DYCP grant from Arts Council England in 2021 to develop his project culturing native fungi species from tissue samples. He will lead participants through the basic stages of cultivation, share his experiences and offer advice. You will also have the opportunity to explore some of the key stages of cultivation for yourself and connect with like-minded individuals also investigating this area of practice-based research.

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This course is designed for people of all abilities, whether you have no previous experience of working with fungi, or you are wishing to gain additional knowledge to add to your practice.

The course consists of one in-person workshop session at STEAMhouse in Birmingham, running from 10am to 5pm on Tuesday 16th July 2024. There will also be a follow up drop-in session with Matt where you will have the opportunity to chat with Matt 1-2-1 about your specific Fungi practice.



Matt Gale

Matt Gale is a British born artist who grew up in Southern California and trained as a biologist before completing a MA Fine Art in 2017. Matt sees nature as fundamentally queer – his attention is captured by the baffling complexity and weirdness that exists naturally, allowing him to distil and reimagine this in his work. By blending biology, science fiction and fantasy he creates new narratives that frequently involve collaboration with living organisms to create stories about their lives, whether real or imagined.

He was awarded the Gertrude Aston Bowater Bequest prize for his MA exhibition & the work was included in the first Coventry Biennial. In 2018, he won the RBSA Next Wave prize, followed by his first solo show at Asylum Gallery & was shortlisted for the Hippodrome 120 Pangaea Sculpture Award in 2019. His installation, Soma, created through residencies with Stryx Gallery & Eastside Projects was selected by the International Curators Forum & New Art West Midlands for inclusion in the 2019 Coventry Biennial. Exhibitions in 2020 include Queer Art(ists) Now at Archive Gallery, London & Queer Contemporaries, curated by Short Supply, at Air Gallery, Manchester. His work appears in Un//Titled: An Anthology of Queer Contemporary Art and was featured in the Clifford Chance London Pride exhibition in 2021. He was awarded a DYCP from Arts Council England in 2021 to develop research into cloning wild fungi for sculptural materials. Hybrids will feature as part of his collaboration with Canadian artist, Rajni Perera’s Traveller at Eastside Projects in June 2022.



Sarah King

Sarah King is an interdisciplinary design researcher and the Materials Science technician at STEAMhouse. Her primary role is to support members across the various routes in areas such as materials development, surface design, print and product prototyping. She runs the Materials Club and supports specific members in research projects related to new materials development.

Sarah is particularly interested in the use of design as a tool to embed sustainability and equality within societies and cultures. In her own practice, she focuses on the use of natural systems and abundant materials, utilising their unique properties to develop products that can actively aid health and wellbeing, with a view to replenishing local ecosystems at their end of life, striving to co-create a closed loop system with nature.



Application Deadline: Wednesday 26th June 2024

Places are very limited, and we expect the course to be oversubscribed. Therefore, we are looking for participants who have a clear sense of how they might apply the knowledge they will gain.

Eligibility This workshop is fully funded as part of the STEAMhouse Forward Programme.

To apply please fill out the short application form: