Andy Cumming is a multidiscipline artist experienced in Printmaking, mixed media painting, film and sound. Having won two prestigious printmaking awards at the New Contemporaries in 2010 Andy decided to push his creativity in new directions.
Initially inspired by ideas of tacit knowledge, the origins of creativity and the intuitive way children make art, he then expanded his practice to incorporate video projections and circuit-bending performances during his time studying for his masters in Contemporary Art Practice at Edinburgh College of Art.
These explorations of using technology as an immersive experience- continued his interest in exploring new realities via installation and conceptual work. ‘Adam Linklater: Mythopoeia’ is Andy’s most recent and ambitious work. Exhibited as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival in 2018. This multi-layered exhibition involving film, collage, performance and photography was the result of a four-year project where Andy explored the role of artist as mythmaker in the age of the internet conspiracy theory.
“My work deals with many different themes from the origins of creativity with the understanding of inherent and embedded knowledge, to the study of human behaviour and the social sciences. I am also interested on the effect that the Internet is having on our learning. Having unlimited access to knowledge on every possible subject is an amazing thing but it also opens us up to false and or conflicting information, adding to an ever increasing mistrust of our governments and the education we are taught at school. I find interest in many things but I also enjoy the process of allowing the chance mark, inspire the form/idea allowing my Tacit knowledge in many ways take over.
…If I could neatly sum-up what my practice is about then I would say it is about the exploration of realities and our perceptions of them.
Andy Cumming 2018
Andy was selected early on in his career to exhibit at the prestigious Royal Scottish Academy’s “New Contemporaries Exhibition in 2010” at which he was awarded both the ‘Royal Scottish Academy and Edinburgh Printmaking prizes. Andy also has work held at the renowned Stirling University Art collection.
MA Fine Art Printmaking 2009-2011
Studied at Edinburgh’s College of Art (Edinburgh University) in Edinburgh.
BA (Hons) Fine Art Printmaking 2005-2009
Studied at Gray’s School of Art (Robert Gordon’s University) in Aberdeen.
Foundation Degree in Art and Design 2004-2005
Solo and Collaborative Shows
2018 'Adam Linklater: Mythopoeia Edinburgh Art Festival Exhibition.
2016 'Maritime Lane Collective' inaugural Exhibition, Leith Edinburgh;
2010 ‘Culturelabel.com Online Shop Launch’, at the Idea Generation Gallery, London
2010 ‘Scottish Art Council’s Exhibition’ in Partnership with The RSA, Scotland offices at Manor Place, Edinburgh
2010 ‘Quote Marks’, Galleries 1 & 2, Art Complex, St. Margaret’s House, London Road, Edinburgh
2010 ‘New Contemporaries’, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2010 ‘Old Masters…New Masters’ The National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh.
2009 ‘1st year MFA exhibition’, Sculpture Court, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh.
2009 ‘e-Creative London’ as part of “Inclusive Innovation: Future Scenarios”, London Design Festival, selected by art-s-talker. ‘e-Creative 2009″ was also presented in the VIP and PRESS area in the London Design Embassy at the V&A’s Sackler Center.
2009 ‘Lois CARSON, Andy CUMMING, Bruce SHAW and Bridget STEED’ Exhibition at ‘Gallery Hienzel’, Thistlehouse 24-26 Thistle St, Aberdeen AB10 1XD.