DR. ANDREW ABBOTT
He has undertaken exhibitions, commissions and residencies for Tate Modern, London; MK Gallery, Milton Keynes; SWG3, Glasgow; Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; Museum of Oxford; and Yorkshire Forward and has completed residencies for Gasworks (London) in PiST, Istanbul, Cittadellarte Fondazione-Pistoletto in Biella, Italy; and Convivio in Oaxaca. His most recent work explores the role of digital and virtual experiences in social practice, including verbatim video-games exploring the Future of Work in postindustrial UK towns.
In 2012 Andy was awarded a practice-led PhD from the University of Leeds with a thesis on ‘art, self-organised cultural activity and the production of postcapitalist subjectivity’. His research interests are in Do-It-Yourself culture, artist-led initiatives, alternative economies and postwork futures. Recent and forthcoming writing includes articles and book contributions on the creative case for Universal Basic Income. His academic writing has been published by Bloomsbury Academic; Sanat Dünyamız, Istanbul; FAFA, Helsinki; Leeds Arts University; and Castlefield Gallery, Manchester. Andy has presented his research at conferences across Europe as well as organising the Just Do(ing) It symposia on the politics of artist-led activity and underground music in Sheffield and Bradford. He was the editor of the publication The Mirrored Hammer and the presenter of its sister radio programme on BCB 106.6fm.
In 2018 as Environment Programme Co-ordinator for In-Situ, Andy managed artist residencies and commissions that aim to embed art into everyday life in Pendle, East Lancashire. Through his role as Producer Visual Arts and Music at University of Bradford between 2011 and 2018, Andy produced the M@BU programme of innovate and pioneering grassroots music and the festivals Bradford Threadfest and Recon, and between 2016 and 2018 produced a pilot programme for a Centre for Socially Applied Arts.
Andy was a Director of the Community Interest Company Art In Unusual Spaces, and has been a member of various boards and steering groups for organisations including Lumen, Leeds Visual Art Forum, Leeds Creative Timebank, and Wharf Chambers Co-operative Club. He also organised DIY club nights, gigs and events with Bare Plume, No Hands and Obscene Baby Auction.
As an arts organiser and curator he has produced a public programme for the embedded arts organisation In-Situ in East Lancashire, piloted a Centre for Socially Applied Arts at University of Bradford, and was a director of the Community Interest Company Art in Unusual Spaces.