Andy Cumming

Andy Cumming

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

About Andy Cumming

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;

2015 'Secret Arcade' 108 Brunswick Hotel, Glasgow.

2013 ‘Reality And The Prescribed Alternative‘ Joint exhibition with Dr Dulux, at the ‘Old Ambulance Depot’ 77 Brunswick Street, Edinburgh, EH75HS.

2012 ‘Gold Sheep,’ Joint exhibition with Lucie Hrnickova, at ‘The Old Ambulance Depot’, 77 Brunswick Street, Edinburgh.

2010 ‘Air’, Edinburgh College of Art, Studio CO2, Edinburgh

2009 ‘Trance Bender’, Edinburgh College of Art, Project Space, Edinburgh

2009 ‘Degree show’, Gray’s School of Art (Robert Gordon University), Aberdeen

2007 ‘Summer Festival Show’ ‘Favorit’, Edinburgh

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 ‘Saatchi, Street Art Collection’ Curated by Katherine Henning (Saatchi Curator) Featured on Saatchi home page 2015.

2015 ‘Spring Exhibition 7th Feb till 22nd March’ at La Galerie 1940. 29 Meliville Terrace Edinburgh.

2013 ‘Edinburgh Printmakers at ROSL’‘ at the Royal Overseas League Princess St. Edinburgh.

2013 ‘Edinburgh Printmakers Short Film Award’ Edinburgh Printmakers Website.

2012 ‘RSA Open‘ at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.

2012 ‘Mixed Winter Exhibition”, Gallery Hienzel, Thistlehouse 24-26 Thistle St, Aberdeen AB10 1XD.

2012 ‘151st Annual Exhibition’, at the Royal Glasgow Institute Of Fine Arts, The Mitchell, Charing Cross, Glasgow.

2012 ‘BITE’ Artists Making Prints, at the Mall Galleries, London.

2011 ‘Scottish Printmakers’, Gallery Hienzel, Thistlehouse 24-26 Thistle St, Aberdeen AB10 1XD

2010 ‘ 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.

2008 ‘Aberdeen Artists Societies 74th Annual Exhibition’, Aberdeen Gallery, Aberdeen

2007 ‘Aberdeen Artists Societies 73thrd Annual Exhibition’, Aberdeen Gallery, Aberdeen

2007 ‘Best Practice‘ Exhibition, held in the BP Gallery, BP Headquarters, Dyce, Aberdeen

2006 ‘Aberdeen Artists Societies 72nd Annual Exhibition’, Aberdeen Gallery, Aberdeen

Selected Print Portfolios

2009 ‘Gray’s School of Art 2009, final year print portfolio’, was shown at the Inverness Museum

and toured various venues in the Highlands and Islands. It was also shown as part of the Southern

Graphics Council conference in Chicago. The folio was shown at the Dekelb Gallery, Illinois, USA.


2010 The Royal Scottish Academy Printmaking Prize

2010 The Royal Scottish Academy Edinburgh Printmakers Award

2013 Short Listed for The RSA Residencies for Scotland 2013