Dr Andrea Thoma

Dr Andrea Thoma


I am a lecturer in the area of Art and Design. I hold a postgraduate degree (1988) /Diplôme National Supérieur d’Expression Plastique, and PhD (2013), PhD Thesis Thought Dwellings: Time and Space in Painting,Photography and Video ; I have  been a visiting lecturer at the University of Minnesota, at Northern Illinois University, the Accademia di Brera in Milan, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, University of Chester and University of Nottingham. I have been awarded a fellowship as visiting scholar by the University of Minnesota (1988–89).

As a member of LAND2 I am involved in contributing to this research network of artists/lecturers and research students with an interest in landscape/place-oriented art practice. 

Over the past two decades I have exhibited widely in the UK, Europe and the United States. Exhibitions include:

  • ‘What comes after’ at 601Artspace NY (2021)
  • 'Textures of Place I and II' at Inselgalerie Berlin (2019) and at Galeria Strefa Erasmusa, Lodz (2017)
  • 'In the Open' at SIA Gallery Sheffield (2017)
  • 'Endlosschleife 2041' at Wuerttembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (2014)
  • 'Thought Dwellings: In Situ' at Lifton Place, Leeds (2013)
  • 'Curious' at West Norwood Cemetery, London (2013)
  • 'Dialogue in Place: Volume II' at Form and Content Gallery Minneapolis (2012)
  • Group Exhibition project 'European Identities intercultural dialogue of women artists in Europe', various exhibition venues in Germany, Italy and Spain (2010–11)
  • 'Provenienzen des Lichts' at Inselgalerie Berlin (2007)
  • 'So near so far/ So nahe so fern' at APT Gallery London (2008)
  • The Kunstverein Ebersberg, Germany (2007)
  • 'Land2 beyond landscape?' at the RWA in Bristol (2005)
  • 'That which is near/ Das was nahe ist' at the Representation of Baden-Württemberg at the EU in Bruxelles and at Only Atelier, Vienna (2004)
  • 'Skylight Stillnight' at Jack Olson Gallery, Northern Illinois University (2004).


  • Director of International Activities

Research interests

I am an artist and researcher who is concerned with place and nomadic dwelling in a contemporary art context. I am particularly interested in the juxtaposition of diverse media to reflect on aspects of image making and to explore a differentiated time-space relation.

My practice and theoretical research is concerned with durational multiplicity and image perception in painting, photography and audio-visual installations. I consider the physicality of painting in relation to ideas of movement, colour and space. In my video and photographic work, I explore how our (inner) and also our technological processing of images is dependent on or correlated by our physical experience of the world through body.

I welcome PhD applications in relation to questions on intermediality and the image in contemporary art, abstraction and colour in contemporary painting, relations beween photography, time-based media and painting, relations between analogue and digital processes within contemporary art practice.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD (2013) Thesis: Thought Dwellings: Time and Space in Painting, Photography and Video
  • DNSEP Diplome National Superieur d'Expression Plastique (1988) (MA)

Student education

I am module leader of Creative Practice 2A, Studio Practice 3A, Time and the Image in Contemporary Art.

I teach Creative Practice 2A and 2B, Studio Practice 3A and 3B, Time and the Image in Contemporary Art.