Ms Tabatha Andrews

Ms Tabatha Andrews

Associate Lecturer

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)


Associate Lecturer in Fine Art (BA and MA)


MFA Fine Art (Sculpture)  
Slade School of Art 2001 (Distinction)

BA Hons Fine Art (Drawing and Painting) 
Glasgow School of Art 1995

MA Hons Art History 
Edinburgh University 1992

Research interests

Sculpture in the expanded field of performance, sound, projection
Matter and memory
Art and health
Art and science
Cognition, sensory perception, consciousness
The human voice
Language and communication
Experimental theatre
Phenomenology of architecture
Magic lanterns and early cinema
Structuralist film

Creative practice & artistic projects

My work in sculpture and installation takes a variety of forms: architecture and furniture, glass, textiles, bronze casts, drawing, sound, light and video projection. The work visualises energy and attempts to unsettle the hierarchy of the senses, perhaps triggering subconscious memories in the viewer.  I’m interested in questioning our reliance on sight as truth, calling on the more primitive senses of the body in experiencing the work.

I am currently working on two sculptures for Dementia patients and carers at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London which were commissioned by the Royal British Society of Sculptors and CW+, the hospital charity. The first is ‘The Dispensary’, a cabinet of curiosities on wheels which moves from bedside to dayroom, and contains a variety of tactile wooden sculptures, mechanical musical boxes and objects designed to be interacted with. Inspired by Montessori ideas of ‘purposeful play’, the work exercises the body and mind. You can view a film about the work at

In 2015 I ran an ACE-funded project exploring resonance and the relationship of sculpture to the senses, involving the blind opera singer Victoria Oruwari and the composer John Matthias. Matthias wrote a score in response to a sound-deadening chamber I designed. The chamber was lined with thick, recycled felt which provided a space of warmth and tactility while soaking up resonance; a situation not normally desirable to a professional singer, yet powerful in its physicality. Oruwari sang this score to audiences both outside and inside the chamber, questioning our perceptions of ‘blindess’, and immersing us in an overwhelming sonic experience. The work was shown at ROOMartspace London and KARST Plymouth.

Other recent projects include ‘Bideford Black: The Next Generation’ project (2015) with Flow projects, Claire Gulliver and Burton Museum (exploring this extraordinary, rich geological pigment from North Devon) and ‘Fourteen Turns’, a group show curated by Peter Suchin and Keith Bowler responding to Duchamp’s ‘Coffee Mill’, at Lubomirov/Angus Hughes,London in 2016.

I also make projection works which explore the ability of light and darkness to reveal and conceal the world around us.Questioning the traditional expectations of image, screen or picture, these works are an intensely sculptural, tactile and immersive experience, creating apparitions that make us unsure of what, or how we are ‘seeing’. They also make reference to the ‘phantasmagoria’ of pre-cinema, shifting the boundaries between reality and illusion. These works have been shown widely; in particular, at REVEAL, a Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust commission (2006), ROOMartspace in Bristol (2005) and during my Artists Residency at Gloucester Cathedral in 2002-3.

2016  Art Monthly (May) Review of 'Fourteen Turns' at Lubomirov/Angus Hughes

2016  'Experimentality' (H. Slager (ed.), Utrecht: Metropolis Books 2016) - article on 'Oracle' by Andrew Pickering

2016  'Art, Science and Experiment' Andrew Pickering writes on 'Oracle' in MaHKUscript:Journal of Fine Art Research 15 Jan 2016 

2015  Review of 'Among Remote Lost Objects' in Plymouth Culture by Ellie Richardson

2015  Aesthetica Magazine online:  Bideford Black (2 Nov 2015) Link

2005  'BLACKOUT' including 'What Lies Hidden', an essay by Guy Brett on Tabatha Andrews, and prose by Larry Lynch. Published by Plymouth Arts Centre

2005  'White Window Shared Work: Travail Partage' pub. La Platforme, Dunkerque

2005  'Tabatha Andrews' Artists Newsletter, review of 'Descent' by Peter Suchin

2005  'Tabatha Andrews' Guardian Guide Jan 15th-21st

2003  'Tabatha Andrews, Artist in Residence Gloucester Cathedral' Pub. University of Gloucestershire, essays by Dr Denys Turner, Peter Suchin and Imogen Cornwall Jones

2002  Contemporary Magazine Dec 2002 preview of 'On Breath' by Sotiris Kyriakou

2002  'Rufflette' broadcasted on Resonance FM London

2001  Public Art Journal (Mar) article on 'Mappamonumentalis' by Peter Suchin

2000  'Noise: Information and Transformation' pub. Kettles Yard, Cambridge

1999  'British Mythic' Magazine issues 3 and 5 ed. Tom O'Sullivan and Joanne Tatham

1999  'O'er Gang' pub. Scottish Sculpture Workshop - residency publication


2015-17  'First@108' Public Art Award to make work for the Alzheimers and Dementia wards of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London

2015 'Bideford Black' commission with Flow Projects, Claire Gulliver and Burton Museums

2015  Arts Council England Grant to fund project on blindness, sculpture and sensory awareness

2006  REVEAL Sculpture Commission, Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust

2004-5  ACE award to fund a year's activity including two solo shows

2004  Plymouth City Council Visual Arts Award

2001 Skowhegan School Residency - full award

2001 Dolby Scholarship from Slade School of Art to research sound and silence in the city and desert, including visiting Donald Judd's studio at Marfa, USA

2000  ACE bursary to attend the School of Sound symposium on voice and the moving image

1998  Camden Council small assistance grant

1995  Friends of Glasgow School of Art Travel Scholarship to visit James Turrell, study light, architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and the desert. Co-funded by Peter Palumbo


2016  'The Dispensary' Public art commission for Dementia Wards of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, also displayed at Royal British Society of Sculptors gallery, London (August)

2016  'Mooring' Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, Haldon Forest Exeter

2005  'BLACKOUT' solo show, Plymouth Art Centre

2005  'Descent' DVD projection installation ROOM Bristol

2003  'Tabatha Andrews, Artist in Residence' Gloucester Cathedral 2002-3

2000  'Mappamonumentalis' at the Monument to the Fire of London

2000  'Nown' performance, 291 Gallery London

2000  'Nown' Flaxman Gallery UCL

1998  'Rufflette' Sound work, Glasgow Independent Project Space


2016  'Altered States' Royal British Society of Sculptors London

2016  'Fourteen Turns' Lubomirov/Angus Hughes, London (curators: Peter Suchin and Keith Bowler)

2015  'Bideford Black: The Next Generation' Burton Museum and Art Gallery, Devon

2015  Among Remote Lost Objects: Tabatha Andrews with John Matthias and Victoria Oruwari, KARST, Plymouth

2015  Among Remote Lost Objects: ROOMartspace, London

2012 'New Inhabitants'  Greenhill Arts Centre: curated by Susan Derges, Peter Randall Page, John Virtue

2009 'Countertext' Bridport Art Centre and associated venues: curated by Nigel Slight and David Rogers

2008  'The Night: A Time Between' RWA Bristol, curated by Janette Kerr

2006  'Forest Dreaming' Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World

2006  'REVEAL' Forest of Dean Sculpture Commission 

2005  'Art Caucasus' British Stand, Tbilisi, Georgia (representing Station, Bristol)

2005  'Picture Window' Station North public art project, Baltimore, USA

2005  'There is No More Butter' Station, Bristol

2004  'In The Presence Of' DVD projection, St Marys Ch, Nottingham (YAH Festival)

2003  'Platforme Primera' Platforme, Dunkerque, France

2003  'Precursor' Century Gallery London

2002  'It Was Bigger Than All of Us' Prenelle Gallery, London

2001  'Communicating at an Unknown Rate' The Old Armoury, Kensal Green London

2001  'Amidst Concrete, Clay and General Decay' Konstfack Gallery Stockholm (curated by Helen Legg and Marie-Anne Lanavere)

2000 'NOISE: Information and Transformation' Kettles Yard exhibition at Whipple Museum of the History of Science, Cambridge (curators Adam Lowe and Simon Schaffer)

2000  'DVolution: LUX Centre, London - projection work with Marie Gabrielle Rotie

2000  'Slade Engine' Dolland St Warehouse, London

2000 'Macademia' performance with Mirjam Buergin, Bloomsbury Theatre London

2000  'Rufflette' broadcast on Fourth Wall FM Radio (PADT and www.londonart, curated by Sasha Craddock and Cathy Haines)

1999  'O' Performance with Marie Gabrielle Rotie, Leicester New Works Festival

1999  'Phonomena: The Site of Sound' Intermedia Gallery, Glasgow

1999  Oriel Mostyn Open, Wales


2016 'Distress Signal' an intervention in 'Bodies of Water' Screening, FORCE 8 Festival Bridport

2014 'Distress Signal' at  'The Power of the Sea' RWA Bristol (curated by Janette Kerr, screening by Kayla Parker)

2014  'Square Eyes Istanbul' Kultur University Istanbul and Exchange Gallery Cornwall

2011  'Lust' at Skowhegan, NYC (curated by Marc Swanson)


2013   AA2A Artist in Residence, Plymouth University

2008   AA2A Artist in Residence, Plymouth College of Art

2006   Artist in Residence, Centre for Contemporary Art in the Natural World, Exeter

2002-3  Artist in Residence, Gloucester Cathedral

2001  Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine USA (visitors including Carolee Schneeman and Shirin Neshat)

1999  Shortlisted Artist in Residence for the Today Programme Radio 4

1998  'Semi Subterranean' collaborative residency between artists and architects, Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Aberdeenshire

Reports & invited lectures

'Matter and Memory, Energy and Emotion' lecture for Physics department, Exeter University Nov 2014

'Matter and Memory, Energy and Emotion' lecture for Philosophy department, Exeter University Nov 2014  

'Hearing Things' lecture for Land/Water Research Symposium, Plymouth University, June 2014 on the theme of 'Nocturnal'

I have also lectured at Falmouth School of Art, Slade School of Art, Byam Shaw School of Art, University of the Creative Arts at Canterbury, Plymouth College of Art, University of Kingston, University of Gloucestershire, Dartmoor Arts Project and Loughborough University.