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Andy Pepper

Senior Lecturer

School of Art & Design

Staff Group(s)
Fine Art


Andrew Pepper (Andy) is a senior lecturer in Fine Art and teaches across all three years of the BA (Hons) course through group and individual tutorials, workshops and seminars.  He contributes to the Master of Fine art course, is an internal PhD examiner, as well as an external PhD examiner at other institutions.

Andy is also year leader for Year One Fine Art and works closely with students to support their transition into university on this studio-based course.  He was recently awarded an Art and Design student-led outstanding teaching award for his student support.

He has acted as one of the co-ordinators for the Opportunities of Uncertainty European ErasmusPlus educational project, which worked with seven art academies and university departments across Europe.  He manages and supports staff to develop the Still Unresolved ( website, which highlights their critical research.  Andy also coordinates and develops the website for the Fine Art Summer Lodge (, which collates and showcases the activities of Fine Art staff and invited artists who come together each year for this studio-based summer residency, which takes part in the Fine Art studios.

As a member of the school’s Learning and Teaching Development group, he contributes to the support of pastoral care and the use of online learning opportunities.  His engagement with student support, through pastoral tutoring, has been developed within the school’s personal, academic tutor framework.

Career overview

Andy is an artist working with holography, projected light and installation. His spatial ‘drawings’ have been exhibited in group and solo shows internationally, and he has contributed to the critical discussion around creative holography through presentations and papers at symposia and in publications on the subject.

He was director and chair of Art in Holography 2, an international symposium held at the University of Nottingham, UK; founding publisher of The Creative Holography Index, the International Catalogue for Holography, Germany, and has acted as consultant and advisor for several gallery and museum initiatives involving holography.

He was awarded the first PhD in Fine Art by the University of Reading, thought to be one of the early examples of practice-based doctoral research where creative artefacts (holographic drawings) were considered as the academic ‘thesis’ alongside supportive documents.

He was director of the Shearwater Foundation holography program and the International Holography Fund, both USA-based funding organisations, which provided financial support to artists and international creative holography projects.  This provided him with an extensive, global, overview of the development of creative and educational holography and allowed him to work extensively with international funding assessment panels to coordinate the award and distribution of more than a million US dollars to artists and creative practitioners.

Research areas

As a Fulbright and Lionel Robbins Memorial Scholar, Andy has carried out extensive research into the creative and cultural aspects of holography.

His current research interests explore the luminous unsupported mark and its peripheral view, which is developed through works using holography and installation.

Of particular interest is the progress of critical and cultural discussions around creative holography and its use by artists.

Most recently, Andy curated the exhibition The Unsupported Mark – Drawing with Holography, at Gallery 286, London, UK. Based on his research interests, he selected work by 20 international artists (spanning almost 40 years of development) from the Ross Collection, London, in an attempt to explore how artists have examined and exploited the luminous, unsupported, mark, both physically and conceptually.

It draws work from the extensive Jonathan Ross holography collection, which has been acquiring a breadth of approaches to the medium from artists for 40 years.

External activity

Andy has undertaken external PhD examining at the School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia; Department of Photography, Royal College of Art, London and acted as MFA external examiner at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Australia.

He has acted as an external course validator for the University of Salford, Manchester, UK and the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.

Andy has worked with the UK Fulbright Commission, and the Sutton Trust, as a student mentor, as well as acting as a reader for the UK Fulbright Summer School.

As an advisor to the MIT Museum, Cambridge, Boston, USA, he has helped support the acquisition of artists’ work for their holography collection – particularly that of Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, and consulted on the early expansion of the Museum’s development and acquisition policy.

Recent exhibitions include:

  • Analogue Ensemble: Extending the Frame, Whitstable Biennale, Studio 3 Gallery, University of Kent, School of Arts, Canterbury, UK.
  • Documents Alternatives #3, BSAD Gallery, Bath School of Art and Design, Bath, UK.
  • The Unsupported Mark - Drawing with Holography, Gallery 286, London, UK.
  • Documents Alternatives #2, Verge Gallery, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia.
  • Documents Alternative #1, Airspace Gallery Stoke-on-Trent, UK.
  • Aura Kinetica, Currents New Media Arts Festival, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
  • The Alternative Document, Project Space Plus, University of Lincoln, UK.
  • Mid Winter - Love Light, Gallery 286, London, UK.

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