Thursday, 12:09pm
1 October 2009

Just Add Stock winner, Identity

Mat Maitland’s collages for Liverpool Biennial Campaign win Eye award

Mat Maitland took two titles in Eye’s new Just Add Stock awards; he won the identity category outright, and he’s a joint winner in the music category, alongside Untitled (more about the music category in a later post). You can read more about our Just Add Stock awards in the Eye 73, the Autumn issue, out now.

After starting his career with record label WEA, Mat moved on to become Big Active’s art director, while still working as an illustrator in his own right. This has resulted in him working on some projects as both art director and image-maker (his winning music entry being an example of this), while working on others purely as an image-maker outside Big Active.

Mat’s unique and striking collage based work lead to Manchester design agency Thoughtful approaching him for the Liverpool biennial project. Thoughtful were already familiar with Mat’s work, and felt he would be capable of fulfilling the brief, which was to create a set of ads for the biennial based around the theme ‘Made Up’. Mat’s designs also needed to reflect the broad range of artists being exhibited during the biennial, which featured artists such as Richard Wilson and Yoko Ono.


Both the biennial organisers and Thoughtful wanted to avoid an identity reminiscent of its previous more corporate efforts. They wanted something much more in tune with the event’s art exhibitions. Mat took this on board and created a striking collection of work (four large pieces) for use across all advertising and promotion.

Mat is a regular stock user, gathering his raw material from Shutterstock, before arranging his images into something far removed from its original context. While discussing the project and his workflow in general he says: ‘My approach is very loose and intuitive, so I never really know where I will end up with an image and in turn I don't set too many rules at the start.’


Just Add Stock: Identity / Mat Maitland
Liverpool Biennial Campaign
Art Direction and design - Thoughtful (
Images - Mat Maitland at Big Active (
Stock Imagery elements - Shutterstock

To see the winnners, plus all the highly commended entries, read our article about Just Add Stock in Eye 73, out now!

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