Dr Andrew LivingstoneBiography
Andrew graduated with a BA (Hons) in Ceramics from Camberwell School of Art, London in 1989. He went on to study at the University of Ulster in Belfast, where he gained an MA in Applied Arts and a PhD titled The Authenticity of Clay and its Re-definition Within Contemporary Practice: Ceramic Familiarity and the Contribution to Expansion. In his experience as an artist he has worked within various frameworks including studio practice, public artwork and also educational outreach. Andrew lectured previously at the University of Ulster and, as a visiting lecturer at NCAD, Dublin and, GMIT, Galway. Recently he has been a visiting lecturer in Korea at Kongju University, National University of Seoul and Hangyang University and also in China at Shanghai College of the Fine Arts: University of Shanghai. Andrew has exhibited both nationally and internationally including work in shows at the Garth Clark Gallery, New York and, The Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC. Andrew's work is also held in prominent public collections worldwide including the Garth Clark Mark Del Vecchio Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. His work explores the conceptual within ceramic practice and continued work examines the interface with new media and non-ceramic intervention. As a researcher Andrew has given several published papers on an expanded field for ceramics and critical craft theory on an international stage, most recently at the international symposium, Ceramic Arts and Design for a Sustainable Society, Sweden 2011. He contributes to journals frequently and is just publishing his third book titled Parallax View. Livingstone is subject leader for ceramics at the University of Sunderland and research centre leader of CARCuos the Ceramic Arts Research Centre at the University of Sunderland.
His research interests include the examination and expansion of contemporary locations in respect of the traditional positioning of ceramics - this is explored both through practice and the development of critical theory within the expanded ceramic arena. This also extends to the development and expansion of critical art and craft discourse. Andrew is particularly interested in the area of conceptual practice within ceramics and as a consequence the development of theory around this emerging arena. His ongoing research explores the integration of new media and non-ceramic intervention into ceramics and how this challenges and enhances both practice and theory. Andrew is director of studies and supervisor to 11 ceramics PhD researchers in the department and is interested in developing wider discussion and new knowledge within the ceramic arts through research. The Ceramic Arts Research Centre (CARCuos), provides a platform to support, develop and disseminate such scholarly research.
Andrew's research engages both practical and theoretical arenas and can be evidenced both nationally and internationally within the field of contemporary ceramics and the developing discourse within critical craft theory. He has delivered several papers at international conferences which recently include, Ceramic Arts and Design for a Sustainable Society, Sweden - Invited Speaker, title, The Ceramic Regurgitant: Sustainability and the Readymade (ISBN:978916338184 3), ICMEA, International Ceramic Magazine Editors Conference, China, title, Parallax View: Interpreting Ceramics - Museum Collections and Artist Intervention, WesterwaldKeramik Museum, Germany, title, Authenticity: Re-defining Ceramic Discourse Through Non-ceramic Intervention, Australian Ceramics Triennial, Sydney, title, Ceramic Practice and the Digital Interface: Video and Ceramic - a Discipline Activated Reading, (online journal - http://sydney.edu.au/sca/research/projects/celsiusjournal), Crafticulation, Finland, title, Decentred Meaning: Ceramic Materiality - Relocating Process and Technique, (ISBN: 978952105578 2). He is also an invited speaker at the forthcoming conference, Making or Unmaking? The Contexts of Contemporary Ceramics, Norway. Livingstone's recent exhibitions include, Frolunda Centre, Gothenberg, (ISBN: 978916338184 3), Pairings, (UK Touring - ISBN publication), Nexus, Cavan, Eire, Parallax View, Tullie House, Carlisle (2 year research project circa £25,000 forthcoming ISBN publication), Westerwaldpreis, Germany (ISBN: 97839300081 17 2) Ceramica Multiplex, Croatia (ISBN: 97895395136 2 5), World Ceramic Biennale, Korea (Honorary Medal Winner ISBN: 9788989748 69 4). Andrew has upcoming exhibitions in Galway and at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, USA, where he has work in the Garth Clark Mark Del Vecchiopermanent collection (forthcoming ISBN publication by Garth Clark). Andrew contributes to several international ceramic journals including Ceramic Review, Ceramics Ireland and New Ceramics, he also contributed to the recent publication Contemporary Ceramics, Emmanuel Cooper (ISBN: 978050051487 0).