Interview: Matto Mariotti from WappArt&Music

Interview: Matto Mariotti from WappArt&Music

We caught up with photographer Matto Mariotti to talk about Wapping-based WappArt&Music, current exhibition ‘Trees Are for Life’, inspirations, and London haunts.

Interview: Matto Mariotti from WappArt&Music 1

Hi Matto! Tell us about WappArt&Music. How did the space come about and what are your aspirations for it? 

WappArt is a non-profit creative organisation which aims to bring people together through art, music and performance. Established in 2021 by Daniela Magni. She wanted to support the local community by providing a space where artists could develop their practices, reach new audiences and cultivate wider networks. Through a carefully curated programme of year-round exhibitions, talks, workshops and events, WappArt also provides acoustic performances, rehearsal space, photoshoot and video premises, and more.

Tell us about the latest exhibition, LUAP’s ‘Trees Are For Life

The project Trees Are For Life consists of multiple Christmas trees which have been discarded after the winter holidays, and amongst them we will see the iconic Pink Bear displayed at WappArt from 18th January 2023 until 11th February 2023. The idea behind this collaboration is to emphasise how the practice of cutting down trees during the festive season affects the environment. Viewers will be able to witness the decaying process of the Christmas trees, which will raise awareness about the impact this practice has on our planet, calling for more sustainable approaches towards this global tradition.

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Who or what inspires you in your work?

We are inspired by the idea to create something new. There are multiple galleries and community spaces throughout London but here at WappArt we would like to create an environment which gives full support to the artists, from planning and management, to the actual execution of their exhibition or their project. Through donations (instead of charging a set fee or frankly, taking half the income of the artist), we would like to open the art world to everyone who is willing to participate. The creative community in the local area and in London in general is so large and diverse, everyone brings something to the cultural development of the city, and therefore, we believe that everyone deserves a place where they can express themselves artistically, without being bound or restricted. 

What advice would you give to aspiring artists to exhibit in a space like yours?

The advice we will give to artists who would like to exhibit in a space like WappArt is to just reach out! Do not hesitate to contact us, please include some information about yourself and some examples of your work. If you are still not sure what you would like to do but you are seeking creative expression, you are more than welcome to come to our events and workshops. Be bold, be creative, be fearless! The sky is your limit when it comes to creativity and possibilities.

Interview: Matto Mariotti from WappArt&Music 3
Hoxton Cabin, as recommended by Matto Mariotti

What are your favourite London haunts? (To eat, to experience creative work, to relax)

Some of our favourite places to hang out are smaller gallery spaces, such as BSMT Space in Dalston. These spaces often work with a lot of street artists and are very welcoming to new talent. We also like to hang out around Brick Lane, probably one of the areas where you can find inspiration, something fun to do, and definitely a delicious bite around every corner! There is this pub, Kill The Cat, which is a cool space, artists usually hangout there before or after their work time. Also, we love the Hoxton Cabin, great live music, amazing art on the walls from local artists (free of charge for the artist), comedy almost everyday and free popcorn 🙂

The Trees Are For Life exhibition is visible through the WappArt windows in Gauging Square, London E1W (Wapping). You can also reach out to WappArt (wapp.artandmusic@gmail.com or @wapp_artandmusic) to ask for a private viewing.