Manifesto for Pop Culture Curation

Updated: Dec 1, 2021


Mat Bancroft is an art director and curator with a popular culture focus. Mat has been Johnny Marr's art director since 2012. He was part of the curatorial team that organized and realized True Faith, an exhibition exploring the artistic legacy and influence of Joy Division and New Order at Manchester Art Gallery as part of the Manchester International Festival in 2017. He has helped organize various pop culture archives, including the archives of Factory Records directors Tony Wilson and Rob Gretton. His current work documents Derek Jarman's archive at Prospect Cottage for Art Fund U.K.. Mat's approach to the creative process is to fight for the artistic vision against the tensions that counter it by curating and detailing the movements he is inspired by and involved with, assembling, cataloging, managing, and presenting their artistic and cultural importance.