Founders

Matthew Wade and Anabelle de Gersigny (along with lil Rémi!)

Dynamic Creative

We've source funded Gather through Hundred House Coffee and our Art + Industry programme. We have been commited to creating a creative and multi-use space in Ludlow offering workshops, events, collaborations, contemporary culture since 2016.

Contemporary Rural

We're driven by dialogues around rural contemporary culture and how creativity manifests and bridges the urban with the rural.

Drawing on creative origins, Gather offers the community a space to be, to share, grow and embrace all that drives us forward. We are passionate about creativity, we find it in every detail of our lives, both the good and the bad. We wanted to create a space that nurtures and supports that creativity in the community around us.

Anabelle de Gersigny and Matthew Wade

Anabelle de Gersigny is a freelance writer, curator, cultural programmer. Anabelle studied Fine Art before starting her career in London in Phaidon Press contemporary art department and founding the Tram Depot Gallery in Clapton in 2002. In 2012 she founded the Safina Radio Project, an itinerant online broadcasting platform - each edition acting as a roving stage for conversation and performance and in 2014 she set up Art-iculate, an editorial practice working with contemporary art institutes and artistsPrevious creative roles have been with Hauser + Wirth (London), CAPHouse Studios (Japan), Guggenheim, Louvre and Zayed National Museum (Abu Dhabi). More latterly she worked at Tashkeel Studios in Dubai, where she spearheaded their Critical and Professional Practice programmes, residencies and Tanween Design programme. She has curated numerous art and design exhibitions, working on publications, online platforms, magazines and directly with artists and designers. Anabelle has ghost written numbers essays and regularly collaborates with artists from the Arab diaspora. She is the co-director of Hundred House Coffee, a speciality roastery that supports the arts through industry and is founder of Gather and Cwtch, a platform for makers and artists along the Welsh borders. She completed her MA in Writing at the Royal College of Art in 2020. 

 

Matthew Wade has been roasting speciality coffee for over 18 years. After graduating in Fine Art, he moved to New Zealand where he worked as a barista at a number of different coffee houses and roasters, across the North and South islands. Bringing this knowledge back with him to London, he played a leading role in the rapidly emerging coffee scene that began ascending in the city from 2002 onwards, becoming one of the UK’s first licensed Q-Graders and a graduate of LA’s Coffee Chemistry. Matt has won a number of awards and worked at several key roasters internationally including Head Roaster at Union Hand Roasted. He is the co-founder of Nightjar Coffee, Dubai. Matthew is the sounding board, business savvy, creative drive and co-founder of Gather. He is also a talented DJ with a deep and resonant passion for music and will be heading up the music programming.