Maurice is the recipient of the inaugural Visual Artist Fellowship (2016/17) from The Clore Leadership Programme. He is an artist and director of leading UK independent arts organisation, Islington Mill. His practice deals with artistic structures and processes, emerging from an independent peer-led educational structure he co-founded in 2007 (Islington Mill Art Academy), which has been acknowledged as one of the first of the recent slew of alternative art schools set up in response to student fees and the debate around the relevance and usefulness of mainstream art education. His ongoing #TemporaryCustodians project reflects on historical and contemporary modes of shared ownership in order to propose new models which may provide longer-term support to artists outside current established norms. The most recent in this series is ‘Temporary Custodians of Islington Mill 2018 – 2028’, an exploration of what it means for a group of 100 people to co-own and share a large scale artwork over a 10 year period.
Recent exhibitions and projects include Name it by Trying to Name it, The Drawing Center, New York (2015), PRESS ROOM, Creative Time Summit, Venice Biennale (2015), The Negligent Eye, The Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool (2014), Self-Interruption, Jack Chiles Gallery, New York (2013) and First…Next…Then…Finally, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2013).