Andrew specialises in contemporary art. He has won UK awards for his work, moving across full-time academic and curatorial roles since the 1990s. He works in two main areas - Scottish art since 1945, and on art, ecology and the environment.
He has had 13 successful PhD completions; and is interested in PhD enquiries on art & ecology and Scottish art of the 20th century.
After years working on art/science/medicine/animal studies topics, his research has moved firmly towards an ecological focus, most recently culminating in the monograph - The Ecological Eye. Assembling an Ecocritical Art History (Manchester UP, 2019). This has resulted in talks and publications hosted by Princeton University, The Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, and the Landscape Research Group. He is currently running a series of workshops, with Dr Olga Smith, on eco-methodologies and art history, with the Vienna Anthropocene Network. He is also part of the Edinburgh Environmental Humanities Network, a vibrant community of academics working on environment and climate issues.
Andrew also works closely with art practice (from collaboration, commissioning and writing). He has been a long-time collaborator with artist Ilana Halperin, and worked closely with artists such as Christine Borland, Alan Davie, Giuseppe Penone, Gillian Wearing, Cornelia Parker and Mona Hatoum. In 2016 he co-curated, with Bill Hare, the exhibition The Scottish Endarkenment. Art and Unreason from 1945 to the Present (with new work by Georgia Horgan, Louise Hopkins and Beagles & Ramsay). The exhibition featured in The Guardian's top ten UK exhibitions of the year. Previous books include Contemporary Sculpture in Scotland (1999) and Stefan Gec (2002).
In past years Andrew has been Principal Investigator for a number of AHRC-funded projects including The Species of Origin: Evolving a Contemporary Darwin and the Arts Project (2007-8), and the award-winning Anatomy Acts. How we come to know ourselves (Scotland and Medicine: Collections & Connections, 2006). He represents the university on the Little Sparta Trust (and led the project Sharing Little Sparta which instigated artist residency programmes in Ian Hamilton Finlay's garden and launched a new website).
Andrew has served on various boards including the Talbot Rice Gallery, the Fruitmarket Gallery and Scottish Contemporary Art Network (SCAN). He is on the editorial board of Interdisciplinary Science Reviews. He is also a founding member of the European Forum for Advanced Practice - a pan-European network.
Andrew offers Undergraduate Honours and Masters courses looking the most recent and vibrant decades in Scottish art and in eco-aesthetics. His courses are always popular and take students on some great site visits around Scotland to see art 'in the flesh'.
Modern and Contemporary Scottish Art; Ecology and Environmental Humanities