Andrew Patrizio


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Scottish art and visual culture, from 1945 onwards; art and ecology; art and ethics.

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Andrew Patrizio is an art historian and curator specialising in art after 1945. His main research foci are: Scottish visual culture from 1945 to the present, and cross-disciplinary projects across art, ecology, politics, medicine and ethics. His most recent book is The Ecological Eye: Assembling an Ecocritical Art History (to be published late 2018 by Manchester University Press). He is currently Programme Director of the Second Year (UG) in History of Art.

He often works closely with artists, ranging from collaboration, commissioning and writing. Recent projects include numerous collaborations with artist Ilana Halperin particularly in Berlin, commissioning art for a sports science/medicine exhibition in 2012, and in 2016 co-curating 'The Scottish Endarkenment. Art and Unreason, 1945 to the Present', an exhibition on the dark side of recent Scottish art. This was named as one of the top 10 UK exhibitions by Guardian journalist Jonathan Jones. Patrizio's recent work has an ecological focus, leading a new art, culture and heritage policy for the Scottish Green Party (2016) and co-chairing a session on Art History and Ecology for the Association of Art Historians annual conference in London in 2014. He has curated numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally (from London to Slovenia, Norway and Japan).

He was project leader for 'Sharing Little Sparta' a £80,000 residency and interpretation programme funded primarily by Creative Scotland. This was in partnership with the National Galleries of Scotland and the Scottish Poetry Library. In past years he has been Principal Investigator for a number of AHRC-funded projects including The Species of Origin: Evolving a Contemporary Darwin and the Arts Project, and the award-winning Anatomy Acts. How we come to know ourselves (Scotland and Medicine: Collections & Connections). He has received other funding for projects with Scottish Arts Council, National Lottery Fund and Ixia (previously Public Art Forum). Between 2011-13, he directed the ARTIST ROOMS Research Partnership on behalf of the University with National Galleries of Scotland and Tate.

He has been on the HEFCE Research Assessment Exercise 2008 sub-panel for Art & Design, the AHRC Peer Review College, and various boards of the Talbot Rice Gallery, the Fruitmarket Gallery and The Arts Catalyst. He was a buyer for Contemporary Art Society.

Prior to his move to Edinburgh College of Art in 1997, he was Exhibition Organiser at the Hayward Gallery, London, and Curator in the Art Department of Glasgow Museums. He was also Associate Curator at the Laing Art Gallery (Tyne & Wear Museums , Newcastle). In 1994 he completed his PhD (The Useless and the Ugly: Industry as a Theme in Scottish Art and Aesthetics (1880-1990), Edinburgh) following a degree in Fine Art (MA) at University of Edinburgh & Edinburgh College of Art. Over that time he held the William Gillies and John Kinross Fellowships.

Professional memberships include Scottish Contemporary Art Network (where he was a board member for 4 years) and he is a Trustee of the Little Sparta Trust.

He is working with 2 PhD students and have 13 successful completions.

He has examined research degrees and undergraduate degree courses at Goldsmiths College, Glasgow School of Art, Royal College of Art, and the Universities of Lancaster, Leeds, Northumbria and Sunderland.


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), The Useless and the Ugly: Industry as a theme in Scottish Art 1880-1990, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 1994


  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • ecology
  • Ethics
  • NB Sculpture
  • NX Arts in general


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