First Fridays are a time to gather and share – food, ideas, art, gossip. First Fridays is entirely informal: a bring-something-to-share lunch followed usually by some kind of artist presentation. Our guest artist this month is Mat Osmond, writer and illustrator.

n his presentation ‘Hatching a Fly’ Mat will touch on some new threads of work, and will talk about the development of a recent (2015) illustrated poetry chapbook called Fly Sings, using that as a point of departure to ask people what it is that making art – in whatever form or context – makes possible.

The notions of eco-art and eco-poetics both seem to imply that in some sense art helps us to deal with the ‘wicked problems’ that our culture presents us with.

That solar panels, systems theory or permaculture help us may be easy enough to defend.

What about art and poetry? What is it in us that stands in need of the help specific to these pursuits?




See more of Mat’s work at

The final First Friday of 2016 takes place on December 2.  Info to follow.



Mat Osmond - Fly Sings 3

Mat Osmond – Fly Sings 3


Mat is a writer and illustrator with an abiding interest in the common imaginal ground of art, spirituality and ecology. He’s part of the R.A.N.E. (Research into Art, Nature and the Environment) research group based at Schumacher College, and works as Senior Lecturer on Falmouth University’s MA Illustration: Authorial Practice.