Andrew Livingstone is an artist, academic and writer. He has a PhD from the University of Ulster, The Authenticity of Clay and its Redefinition within Contemporary Practice: Ceramic Familiarity and the Contribution to Expansion. He holds an academic post as Professor of Ceramics at the University of Sunderland where he leads CARCuos the Ceramic Arts Research Centre. His exhibitions include The Smithsonian Institute and the Garth Clark Gallery, New York. He exhibited in ‘Red Hot’ an exhibition of clay in contemporary art in Germany together with Ai Weiwei and Richard Deacon. His work is held in many private and public collections internationally, including Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan and the Garth Clark Mark Del Vecchio Permanent Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He was awarded an Honorary Award at the 5th World Ceramic Biennale Korea 2009, the Jurors Prize at the Taiwan Ceramics Biennale 2012 and a Honorable Mention at the Cheongju Craft Biennale 2015.
Andrew has written several papers and books with his latest publication, The Ceramics Reader published by Bloomsbury Academic Press in 2017.
Andrew works with various media within his artistic practice with a primary focus on clay, film and digital media. His research area is focused on ceramics in the widest sense engaging with material, process and the social contexts in which ceramics operate and is featured in several publications. The familiarity of ceramic material and object take centre stage within his work, where both the handmade and readymade are employed within both installation and conceptual applications. Andrew’s research operates within the expanded field of ceramics and investigates the employment of and interface between digital media, film, animation, photography and non-ceramic intervention. Crucial to this arena is the re-definition of an authentic positioning for ceramics.