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Andy Lock

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Art & Design

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Andy Lock currently teaches on the practice-based and theory strands of the undergraduate photography programme and supervises MA students.

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Andy Lock is an artist, working with photography. His work has been published and exhibited widely and is held in major photographic collections in both the US and UK.

Often preoccupied with the revelatory potential of the abandoned and the outmoded; with otherwise generally disregarded artifacts, structures or places, Andy Lock’s photography has previously featured such subjects as domestic and institutional interiors, household furniture, toys and ornaments.

Current work (and forthcoming exhibitions) deal with instances of vernacular, functional and makeshift architectural structures and (separately) the material legacy of the post-war reconstruction in Britain, in the form of mass social housing, and religious and secular sites. Andy’s work is concerned both with the latent possibilities harboured by such (everyday) architectures and sites, and with how photography itself is implicated in their depiction. Andy’s work may be of particular interest to those engaged in art-photographic practice and also to architects, historians of mid 20th century Britain, ethnographers, social anthropologists, psycho-geographers, urban explorers and designers.

Andy’s photographic practice forms the basis for practice-led research. Recent research and writing has focused on the implications of the temporal relationships between the photograph, the subject and place; on the legacy of Mass Observation’s ethnography and its notions of the “image”, for a photography of “the everyday”, and on the relationships between photography and architecture, in particular, photography’s role in constructing the experience of architecture, for the viewer. This research forms the subject of recent conference papers and forthcoming publications.

External activity

Solo and group exhibitions include:

  • Workshops 2010-2012, Format Photo Festival, Derby, UK, (group show) March - April 2013,
  • Work from Orchard Park, part of Something That I'll Never Really See, Contemporary Photography from  the V&A (touring   show), Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai; National Gallery Of Modern Art, Bangalore; National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi; Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad, India, November 2010 - May 2011.
  • Work from Orchard Park, part of Shaping Silence (group show), Grey Area, Brighton Festival Fringe, UK, October 2010.
  • Work from Orchard Park, part of ‘Photography is Dead’, group retrospective celebrating ten years of the Rhubarb International Portfolio Review, 3 White Walls Gallery, Birmingham, UK, July 2009.
  • Lost Horizons, Pavilion’s Round Foundry Gallery, Leeds, UK, July – September 2009
  • Orchard Park, solo show, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, USA, January-April 2009.
  • Work from Lost Horizons, Centre Iris,  Paris, France, May-June 2008.
  • Work from Orchard Park, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK, 2008 – 2009.
  • Lost Horizons, Lianzhou International Festival of Photography, Guangdong, China, December 2007.
  • Orchard Park, Opera North, Leeds, UK, (with Marcus Coates), April-July 2007.
  • Orchard Park, solo show, University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), MI, USA, April-June 2006.
  • Orchard Park, Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, January-February 2006.
  • Orchard Park, Focal Point Gallery, Essex, UK (with Richard Page), May-June 2004.
  • Orchard Park, The Study Gallery, Poole, UK, Poole Photography Festival,
    (group show), April-May 2004,
  • Going, Impressions Gallery, York, UK, (solo installation), April 2003.
  • Going, Hull Time-based Arts, Yorkshire, UK, (solo installation), Oct 2002.
  • Nowhere So Foreign, 20 – 21 Visual Arts Centre, North Lincolnshire, UK, (solo show), Dec 2001.
  • The Fantasists, Impressions Gallery, York, UK, ‘Brilliant’, (group show), Nov-Dec 2000.

Projects and funding include:

  • Some Dwellings, 2010 –, a body of new photographic work in development, which deals with primal architectural forms;   functional, vernacular architecture and architectural improvisation.
  • From Sunlit Uplands, 2007 -, a body of new photographic work in development, dealing with the material legacy of the post-war reconstruction in Britain.
  • Lost Horizons, 2006-8, a body of new photographic work arising from an artist residency at the Visual Studies Workshop (VSW), Rochester, NY, USA. Funded by Arts Council England and VSW
  • Orchard Park, 2003-4 a body of new photographic work which has been widely reproduced in print and exhibited in the UK and across the US
  • Going, 2002–3, A series of performed photographic installations, principally funded by Arts Council England
  • Nowhere So Foreign, 2000–1. A new body of photographic work arising from an artist residency on P&O North Sea Ferries. Principal Funding: Arts Council England, P&O
  • The Fantasists, 2000: A new body of photographic work exhibited at Impressions Gallery, UK. Principal Funding: The Culture Company, Arts Council England.

Conference Papers & visiting speaker engagements include:

  • Sussex University, UK, Mass Observation 70th anniversary conference, July 2012: paper on MO’s legacy for photographic practice.
  • Derby University, UK, the Affective Landscapes conference, May 2012: At Once Irrational & Objective, a paper on the photograph, temporality and place, based on the case study offered by Sunlit Uplands.
  • Cambridge University, UK, Still Architecture conference, May 2012: paper on the architectural photography of John Pantlin and photography’s role in constructing the experience of architecture, for the viewer.
  • Edinburgh College of Art, UK, DOCOMOMO / EAHN conference, September 2011, paper on Sunlit Uplands work in progress
  • Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, UK, June 2011, History and Culture of Post-war Council Housing conference: paper Sunlit Uplands.
  • George Eastman House, NY, USA, April 2009, ‘Utopia’s Ghosts’, paper on Orchard Park (part of the ‘Wish you Were Here’ series).
  • University of Michigan Museum of Art, MI, USA, April 2006, paper on Orchard Park.

Positions held on committees / bodies include:

  • Member, board of Trustees, Impressions Gallery York & Bradford, UK, 2001 – 2006.

Sponsors and collaborators

Andy Lock's photography has been exhibited in the UK, the US, mainland Europe and Asia. His work is held in the permanent collections of George Eastman House, NY, USA and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK.

Andy's photographic work has been reproduced in a variety of respected UK and European journals and publications, including:

  • Portfolio (UK), issue 43, summer 2006
  • Grafik (UK), issue 168, November 2008
  • EXIT (Spain), Issue 26, May 2007
  • Julieanna Peston, ed. Interior Atmospheres (Architectural Design series) John Wiley & Sons, 2008
  • Barnes M. and Best K. Twilight, Merrell, 2006
  • Naylor M. and Ball R. Form Follows Idea, Black Dog, 2005.

Andy’s work is also the subject of Anne McNeill ed. Orchard Park, Impress, 2006.

More information is available at Andy's website.