Andrew McNiven

BORN: 1963, Edinburgh, Scotland.


Senior Lecturer in Visual Culture, Zeppelin University, 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:

2024:                P.Y.M.: Pictura, Dordrecht (as part of project ‘De Verplaatsing’)

2022:                Black Sun, 222Lodge, Dordrecht, Netherlands

2021:                Found Estate Agents’ Images: The Artificial (online:

2020:                Der verstehende Blick/The Understanding Gaze, Pierre Bourdieu/Andrew McNiven, White Box, Friedrichshafen

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):

2024:                De Verplaatisng (The Relocation): Pictura, Dordrecht, Netherlands

2024:                The Third Festival of the Smallest: 222Lodge, Dordrecht, Netherlands

2023:                197th Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.

2021:                CutLog: artists’ moving image, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2021:                The Artist Was Present (Proxy Version), Collaboration with Peter Baren: 222Lodge, Dordrecht, Netherlands

2020:                Nieuwstraat Project, 222Lodge, Dordrecht, Netherlands

2020:                The Social Distancing Festival (online during C-19)

2019-2020:       CutLog: artists’ moving image, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 

2019:                TIDE: Dunbar Town House and Museum, Dunbar

2019:                The First Night of Experimental Boredom: 222Lodge, Dordrecht, Netherlands

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/222Lodge, 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+:     (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, Hereford

2015:               Made in Knucklas: Courtyard, Hereford & touring

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

                         Courtyard, Hereford

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

2013:               The A49 Limes: Courtyard, 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'


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:

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: (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.

                    (Original link no longer active.)




2022:                   VACMA Award: Creative Scotland/East Lothian Council Arts Service

2022:                   Creative Scotland

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