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Professor Andre Stitt FRSA HEA

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Specialist Subject Areas

Performance Art, Painting, Interdisciplinary, site specific and context based Art


First Class BA [hons], Ulster University


André Stitt was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1958. He studied at Ulster Polytechnic and Belfast College of Art & Design, Ulster University 1976-1980. From 1980-1999 he lived and worked in London increasingly travelling and making work internationally throughout the eighties. In 1999 he moved to Wales to take up position as Subject Leader and Senior lecturer of Time Based Art at Cardiff School of Art & Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University (UWIC). He is currently Professor of Performance & Interdisciplinary Art at Cardiff School of Art & Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University , chair of CFAR [the Centre for Fine Art Research], a fellow of the Royal Society of Art and the Higher Education Academy.

Working almost exclusively as a performance and interdisciplinary artist from 1976-2008 Stitt gained an international reputation for cutting edge, provocative and politically challenging work. A predominate theme in his artistic output is that of communities and their dissolution often relating to trauma, conflict and art as a redemptive proposition. His ‘live’ performance and installation works have been presented at major museums, galleries and sites specific throughout the world.

His exhibition work has been included in group shows at PS1, New York 2000, Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, New York 2001, Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork 2001, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast 2001, Venice Biennale 2005, Baltic Contemporary Art Centre, England 2005, The Drawing Centre, New York, 2006, Bangkok Art & Culture Centre, 2008, NRLA, Glasgow 2008 & 2009, Galerie Lehtinen, Berlin 2011, St. Paul St. Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand 2011, and Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia 2011, The National Eisteddfod of Wales 2012, John Moores Painting Prize, , Walker Gallery, Liverpool 2012, Oriel Davies Open, Newtown, Wales, 2014, Art of the Eastside, Billboard project, Eastside Arts, Belfast 2014, BEEP Painting Biennale, Swansea, 2014, New Welsh Art, gallery ten, Cardiff, 2014, Experimentica, Chapter, Cardiff 2014, Art of the Troubles, Ulster Museum, Belfast, 2014, Art of the Troubles, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, England 2015.

His recent solo exhibitions include Chapter, Cardiff 2005, Artspace, Sydney, Australia 2007, Spacex Gallery, England 2008, The Lab, New York, 2009, MCAC, Portadown, Northern Ireland 2009, GTgallery, Belfast, N. Ireland 2010, Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff 2010, ‘in the WEST’, Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen, Wales, ‘in the WEST’, Leeds College of Art Gallery 2013, ‘Dark Matter’ gallery ten, Cardiff 2014

Stitt also has a long history of organising artist-initiated projects and collaborations; curating exhibitions, and producing large scale international performance art festivals and exchanges. In 2000 he opened trace: Installaction Artspace in Cardiff, and latterly Trace Collective (since 2008), initiating a robust programme of international time based work.

Current research

Currently exploring the historical, theoretical and practical relationships between painting, performance and installation art. Practice-led painting investigation explores and seeks to investigate a liminal space that might be defined as ambiguous abstraction and it’s relationship to constructed environments – real and virtual. This also considers the working [studio] environment as a performative space.

As leader of the Painting Performance research group at CSAD key interests include:
· Historical and contemporary perspectives on the relationship between painting, performance art and installation art.
· Environmental traces, residues, and evidential documents of the performative experience.
· The artists studio and the performative act of painting in a studio specific environment.
· Time and space: decision making during moments of making and doing in the studio environment.
· Materials and tools: adaption, discovering, personalising, designing in/for the studio environment.

Principal Publications, Exhibitions and Awards

View the full list of Professor Stitt’s Principal Publications, Performances, Exhibitions, Presentations and Awards’ here (PDF format).

Recent Exhibitions [selected]
2013 ‘in the WEST’, Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen, Wales, ‘
2013 in the WEST’, Leeds College of Art Gallery
2012 John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Gallery, Liverpool,
2014 Oriel Davies Open, Newtown, Wales,
2014 Art of the Eastside, Billboard project, Eastside Arts, Belfast
2014 Dark Matter, gallery ten, Cardiff,
2014 Art of the Troubles, Ulster Museum, Belfast
2015 Art of the Troubles, Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Recent Performances [selected]
2013 Sopot National Museum, Poland
2013 Pumpehuset, Copenhagen, Denmark
2013 TRIPLE AAA – Akshun – Cataylst Arts, Belfast

Recent Presentations
2014 Art of the Troubles, Ulster Musuem, Belfast
2014 Performing Political Acts: Experimentica, Chapter, Cardiff
2015 Art of the Troubles, Wolverhampton Art Gallery
2015 Performing Political Acts: Performance Art in Northern Ireland: Ritual, Catharsis and Transformation, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Recent Awards
2012 National Eisteddfod of Wales Highly Commended Prize for Visual Arts
2012 Arts Council of Wales Production Award
2012 AHRC funding for Live Notation, led by Hester Reeve, Sheffield Hallam University
2014 BEEP Painting Biennale, Wales, Highly Commended Prize
2015 Arts Council of Wales Creative Wales Award

Homework, Krash Verlag, Cologne, Germany 2000. Pokoyski D. [ed.]
Small Time Life, Black Dog Publishing, London 2002. Locus+ [ed.]
South Of No North, Sirius Art Centre, Cork, Ireland, 2002.
The Bedford Project, BCA, Bedford, 2003
Cargo Cult, Café Gallery Projects, London 2004
Reclamation, Chapter, Cardiff 2005
The Institution, Chapter, Cardiff, 2005
TRACE 00’05, Seren, Wales, 2006. Stitt, A [ed.]
Dingo, Artspace, Sydney, Australia 2007. French, B.[ed.]
Substance, Spacex, Exeter, England 2008
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, MCAC, Portadown, Northern Ireland, 2009
SHIFTwork, Curcioprojects, New York, 2009
TRACE Displaced, Parthian, Wales, 2011. Stitt, A., [ed.]
In the WEST, Oriel Myrddyn, Wales

Supervision of Doctoral Research

Current PhD supervision:
• How And To What Extent Can The Physical And Mental Demands Of Bouldering Be Represented?
• Material And Trace In The Lexicon Of Performance Art
• The intentional and perceived role/process of the contemporary action-based artist and the nature of reciprocity in live work.