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Ey Up is a weekly interview-based podcast in which I aim to learn more about, and hopefully something from, other artists and artful individuals.

Ey Up Matthew Houlding

When I started this podcast I made the decision that I wouldn’t do any extra research, or really prepare in any way going in to each recording. There were a number of reasons for this, mainly that the best source of information is the person themselves, and I find it’s much more fun to discover things then and there. For instance, I’ve known Matt for quite a few years and had no idea until this conversation that he grew up in Tanzania and the profound influence it has had on him and his work. I have always been curious about his approach to making, as in many ways it carves quite a unique place for itself; so it was great to have this opportunity to delve a bit deeper. From welding up sections of Elland Road to the recent sculpture out the front of the The Tetley, we talk Tutankhamun’s tomb, Dean Clough Studios, and the healthy realisation that art often isn’t as important as we think it is.