Andrea Gregson's art practice uses sculpture and installation to explore the form of manmade objects and their constructed environments, in particular, the subliminal codes of behaviour hidden in collections of objects.
Andrea has been a (0.5) Senior Lecturer in Fine art at UCA Farnham campus since 2004, working across all years and disciplines on the BA and MA Fine Art programmes. She has experience of year leadership across Years 1 and 2 with research specialisms in sculpture, installation, curation and professional practice. In October 2016, Andrea became Subject Leader for MA Fine Art at Farnham, developing and teaching on the programme with the Course Leader.
Andrea graduated with a BA (Hons) Fine Art from Bretton Hall, University of Leeds in 1990 specialising in sculpture and working with artists from the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. From 1995-97 she was a Postgraduate Fellow at the Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, Poland where she worked within the sculpture department and other arts institutions realising curatorial projects and exhibitions with the Laboratory of Creative Education at Zamek Ujazdowski, The National Museum, The Royal Castle Museum and the Centre for Polish Sculpture in Oronsko. She returned to the UK to 1997 to begin an MA Fine Art from Manchester Metropolitan University.
In 1999, she became an Associate Lecturer in Fine Art Sculpture on the BA Fine Art course at Wirral Metropolitan College until 2004, where she was Year 2 Pathway Leader, and initiated student curatorial projects in Liverpool. From 2001-02, she was Associate Lecturer on the BA Fine Art course at Derby University. Over the past few years, Andrea has presented artist talks and has been a visiting lecturer at Chelsea School of Art, Imperial College, London, Pratt Institute, New York, Koszalin School of Art, Academy of Fine Art, Warsaw, Lodz School of Art, Poland, Bolton Institute and Manchester Metropolitan University.
Andrea has initiated several external projects, group exhibitions and site-specific projects for students at UCA and other institutions. In 2014, she collaborated with Gustav Metzger to create Facing Extinction Conference at UCA Farnham examining how the art and design worlds can inform debates about climate change and extinction. She curated his show at the Herbert Read Gallery where students were part of a livestreamed event during the Extinction Marathon: Visions of the Future at the Serpentine Gallery.
Since 2011, Andrea has made a significant contribution to the re-consideration of bronze casting as a contemporary medium. She was invited to be Bronze Fellow at Chelsea School of Art, examining the scope of this material, and its potential to be used for more radical and experimental means. In 2015-16, Andrea was awarded a Henry Moore Foundation Residency at the University of East London where she worked within the Fine Art department and sculpture workshops to create new work for her solo show Restless Terrain at the AVA Gallery in 2016.
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