Visiting Artist's Talk — Andy Abbott

For our next Visiting Artist’s Talk, we welcome artist Andy Abbott.

Andy Abbott is an artist, musician, writer, and arts organiser who lives in Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK. He is Visiting Research Curator of the UNIDEE Residency Programmes for Cittadellarte Fondazione-Pistoletto in Biella, Italy 2020–2022 where he is delivering hybrid programmes of remote and situated learning for international artists exploring facets of ‘embedded arts practice’.

He has exhibited and performed internationally as an individual artist and in various collaborations including the art collective Black Dogs. 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 writing includes articles and book contributions on the creative case for Universal Basic Income, and embedded arts practice in the North of England.

The Visiting Artists' Talks (VAT) series for 2021/22 takes place live via Zoom every Monday afternoon during teaching weeks.

Each session brings an arts professional to talk with us about what they do and why, and to chat with the student body honestly about their career journey and interests.

All our talks are compulsory for our Fine Art students but are also open to anyone else who would like to join us.

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Andy Abbott’s talk.

For further information about the VAT series, please email Gill Park.


Andy Abbott, Lutopia (2019) © Andy Abbott.