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Just three weeks after heart surgery local photographic artist Mathew Wiggins is getting ready for his next exhibition at Studio RED, which is part of the Supported Studio Network.

Mathew recently had an operation to correct a life-threatening collapse in his heart, and though he is still recuperating, he is excited about the upcoming show.

‘I’m feeling much better,’ said Mathew. ‘I am lucky to be here. My whole family has rallied behind me – Mum and Dad and my brother Luke.’

‘Mathew is a real survivor,’ says Studio RED’s artist-mentor and support worker Mathew Godwin, pictured.

‘For him, the art and his artistic community has really helped him pull through.’

Mathew is one of a group of artists who will exhibit their work this Friday evening at the IncREDible Art Show at the studio.

Now in its third year, the IncREDible Art Show is the annual Studio RED exhibition showcase of the craftsmanship and ingenuity from a growing group of artisans.

Mathew will exhibit 12 photos he has taken that will be for use as prints or as part of a calendar. Along with the prestigious and collectable works of art on offer – comprising paintings, drawings and ceramics – there will be film screenings, live music and drinks. Arakwal dancers and the mayor will open what promises to be a fantastic occasion and opportunity to support these exceptional artists.

Opening night is this Friday at 6pm, at 5/16 Tasman Way in the Byron Arts & Industry Estate.

 


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