Dr Andrew McNiven


BORN: 1963, Edinburgh, UK.


Senior Lecturer in Visual Culture, Zeppelin Universität, Friedrichshafen

External examiner, Doctoral Programme: Universitat Politècnica de València



2006-2010: Ph.D.: Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: (fine art, AHRC award, full-time)

Monkey Business: an artist’s action research into temporary gallery installation through formal & informal documentary practice.

1993-1995: M.A., Fine Art: University of London, Goldsmiths' College, (p/t).

1984-1987: B.A. Hons., Fine Art: University of London, Goldsmiths' College, (First Class).

1981-1982: Foundation Certificate in Art & Design: St. Martin's School of Art, London.




One Person:

2018 50 Hz (Audio Described), public commission, University of Wolverhampton

2017: Das Umverteilen von Vermögenswerten durch Zerstäuben

(The Airborne Redistribution of Resources) Public commission, Stadtverkehr Friedrichshafen

2011: The Messiah, Gallery North, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

2011: Monkey Business, Zeppelin University, Germany *

2009: Monkey Business, Gallery North PS, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

2002: Witten Apparatus, (CinemaScope), Witten Town Hall, Germany

1999: Possum's Fargo, Readysteadymade, Glasgow

1997: Hamburg from 987 kms., Philip Mecklenburg, Hamburg, Germany*.

1992: Remote Sensing, ACAVA Central Space/Riverside Studios, London.

1990: Artist of the Day, Flowers East, London. (Selected by Richard Wentworth)*


Group (Selected):

2018: TPSGF (The Parallel Show Grand Finale), NP3, Groningen; Greylight Projects, Brussels

2018: Visual Images by Verbal Means: Kunsthal Rotterdam

2018: Seeing Sound: Bath Spa University

2017: Denial as the Leading Principle, The Movies/Lodge 222, Dordrecht, Netherlands

2017: Unnoticed Art: Platforms Project, Documenta 14, Athens, Greece

2016: Unnoticed Art: Utrecht, Netherlands

2016: Doctoring the Evidence: Haags Bakkie?: Willem de Kooning & Piet Zwart Institute. The Hague

2016: Inside Job: The Director’s Cut: Locatie Z, The Hague (with Yvo van der Vat & Ibrahim R. Ineke)

2016: TheParallelShow: London: Tate Britain; Rotterdam: Art Rotterdam (with Frans van Lent)*

2015: Unnoticed Art, La Biennale de Venezia/Witte de With, Rotterdam*

2015: Doctoring the Evidence, Square Yard Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (touring)*

2015: The Concept Bank, Wolfart Projectspaces, Rotterdam

2015: Baracca, London. (with Yvo van der Vat & Ibrahim R. Ineke)*

2014+: www.theconceptbank.org (ongoing)

2014: Unnoticed Art: Haarlem, & Pictura, Dordrecht (NL), Zeppelin Universität (D)*

2012: DIY 9: the1882 Walsall Anarchist Bomb Plot, The New Gallery, Walsall

2009: Packing for the Crash, Gallery North, Newcastle-upon-Tyne*

2008: The Coma Lounge, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh

2000: Bleibe, Akademie der Kunst, Berlin.*

1996: Ferne im Innern, Town Hall, Witten, Germany, & Neue Gallerie, Dachau, Germany.*

1996: 50x50x50, BANK, London.*

1994: Convento da Arrabida, Lisbon, Portugal. (Cultural Capital of Europe)*

1994: Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London.*

1993: 2 out of 4, Centre 181 Gallery, London.

1993: Wonderful Life, Lisson Gallery, London.

1992: A Simple Twist of Fate, Riverside Studios, London.

1985: New Contemporaries, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.



(*Denotes accompanying publication)


Curatorial Projects (selected):


2016: Joe Carcary/Pandora Vaughan: Courtyard Centre for the Arts, Hereford

2015: Made in Knucklas: Courtyard Centre for the Arts, Hereford & touring

2015: no is e screenprint: contemporary underground graphics from the Netherlands:

Courtyard Centre for the Arts, Hereford

2013: Lois Hopwood: It’s in the Trees, It’s Coming..., Courtyard Centre for the Arts, Hereford

2013: The A49 Limes: Courtyard Centre for the Arts, Hereford






2017: 'Who Pays?', Kunstmusuem Liechtenstein

2016: From Social Sculpture to Art-related Action, symposium, Zeppelin Universität

2016: Doctoring the Evidence #2, Haags Bakkie?, Willem de Kooning Akadeimie & Piet Zwart Institute,

Rotterdam & The Hague

2015: Biennale Culture in Context: Venice/Istanbul. Zeppelin Universität, Friedrichshafen

2015: Doctoring the Evidence (with Dr Jolande Bosch, Willem de Kooning Akademie), Northumbria University.

2014: On Documentation: Dürer’s Rhinoceros, Break-dancing, and the Value of an Unreliable Narrator

Public Lecture: Pictura, Dordrecht, The Netherlands

2013: Goya’s Etchings: Invention and Truth, Public Lecture, Meisterwerks series, Zeppelin Universität

2012: Discursive Sensuality: The Museum and a New Politics of Objects

(with Professor Dr Karen van den Berg, Zeppelin Universität)

Association of Art Historians, Conference 2012, ‘Critical Museum’ panel.

2012: The Eye Sees What the Ear Hears: dissonance between looking at and listening to objects and spaces.

DURATION/AV12/ University of Newcastle.

2011: Collateral effects: ‘a man I met on the internet’, AHRC New Media & Academia Conference

Universities of Manchester, Central Lancashire, Newcastle, Northumbria and Nottingham:


2009: Son et Lumière: National Museum of Wales/Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries

The Go Between: methodologies and taxonomies between museums, galleries, creative practice and

learning' at the National Museum, Cardiff, Sept. 2009


PUBLICATIONS/OTHER (not exhibition-related)


2017: The ParallelShow (chapter in book), Jap Sam Books, Heijningen. Ed. Frans van Lent

2014: Unnoticed Art: Soundworks: (chapter in book), RAD, Dordrecht. Ed. Frans van Lent

2011: The UK Soundmap, British Library, London: http://sounds.bl.uk/Sound-Maps/UK-Soundmap

2010: Politik des Zeigens (The Politics of Display) Wilhelm Fink Verlag, Paderborn

Cover photography by Andrew McNiven, Ed. Karen van de Berg.




2014: The Eye Sees What the Ear Hears: dissonance between looking at and listening to objects and spaces

engage: the international journal of visual art and gallery education, no. 34, spring 2014:

Experiencing Gallery Architecture: http://tinyurl.com/kkkdeq5 (Original link behind paywall.)


2011: Reflected or Deflected: photography, sound and the processes of display.

portfolio: emerging research in visual culture. Vol. 1, issue 1, Winter 2011.

http://tinyurl.com/pgst9ay (Original link no longer active.)




2018: Kerr-Fry Award: University of Edinburgh

2018: New Art West Midlands Engine Bursary

2015: Teaching Award: Zeppelin Universität

2009: Travel Award: Arts & Humanities Research Council

2007: Kerr-Fry Research Award: University of Edinburgh

2006: Doctoral AwardArts & Humanities Research Council


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