Andrew Livingstone is an artist, academic and writer. He has a PhD from Ulster University, 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, and the Jurors Prize at the Taiwan Ceramics Biennale 2012.
Andrew has published several papers and books including his recent publication, The Ceramics Reader published by Bloomsbury Academic Press 2017.
Andrew works with various media within his artistic practice with a primary focus on clay, film and digital media. His practice engages with material, process and the social contexts in which ceramics are located. The familiarity of ceramic material and object take centre stage, where both the handmade and readymade are employed within conceptual application. His work is experienced through numerous formats and to date this has included installation, site-specific, ephemeral and new media applications.
Andrew is a member of IAC/AIC International Academy of Ceramics.
"With the development of critical language and the progression of ideas-based focused practice, the evaluation of ceramics, in the traditional sense has,overtime, somewhat altered and as a consequence developed extended vocabularies"