Approved: 22.03.2018

Andrew Jackson

Artist, Film-maker, Lecturer / academic, Writer

Approved: 22.03.2018

Andrew Jackson is an award-winning artist who engages with the challenges of representation and narration through the medium of photography.

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Artist Statement

Andrew Jackson is an award-winning artist who engages with the challenges of representation and narration through the medium of photography.

His interventions focus on migration, memory and notions of urbanism; they speak to how the experiences of others impact both upon our systems of belief and our notions of self, but also to our connection to the physical spaces around us - and those who inhabit them.

Jackson was a recipient of the Autograph ABP 2018/Light Work International Photography Residency in Syracuse, New York, developing a major exhibition on the subject of the Jamaican diaspora and the universality of migration to open at the mac birmingham in May 2018. He also was awarded a travel grant from Arts Council England's Artist International Development fund, which enabled him to develop a work exploring language and identity within the spaces of Montreal.

A graduate of the MA Documentary program with distinction at Newport in Wales, he has since undertaken both self-initiated and commissioned works in the UK and abroad.

He co-founded and was co-director of Some Cities CIC, a community-oriented participatory photography company, between 2013 and 2018.

In 2018 was nominated for the Elliot Erwitt Fellowship.

CV & Education


Post Graduate Certificate of Education (FAHE teaching qualification).
University of Wolverhampton.

MA Documentary Photography: Newport School of Art and Design, University of Wales.
Achievement: Distinction

BA (HONS) Degree Photography: University of Wolverhampton
Achievement: First Class (Hons)

New Art Gallery, Walsall: Garman Ryan Permanent Collection

  • All that it was...all that it is (8 framed works, Digital C-Type prints 12 x 10)

National Photographic Archive; Birmingham Central Library:

  • When the Curtain Rises (32 works Black and white hand prints 10x8 boxed)
  • Echoes from the Frontlines (20 mounted works, C-Type prints 16x12)
  • All that it was...all that it is (38 framed works, Digital C-Type prints 12 x 10

Cadbury Trust Archive

  • The Promise of the City; (36 works, Digital C-Type prints)

Light Work

  • Riverhouse, Kingston Jamaica, 2017 – 30x24 Pigment print
  • Hand, Kingston Jamaica, 2017 – 30x24 Pigment print


2018 Light Work, International Photo Residency – Syracuse, New York
2017 Varnier College, Montreal, Canada
2016 Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool
2010 Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol
2009 Multistory

Teaching experience

As a qualified lecturer, in the post 16 sector, I have a range of teaching experiences both in the FE and HE sector from intermediate to undergraduate level. These have included a range of responsibilities encompassing working with both large and small learner groups in both single and team teaching formats. I have also developed and run workshops within the community

2015 - Coventry University: lecturer, MA Communication Studies and BA Photography
2015 - Solihull College: Lecturer HND Photography
2003-Present Wolverhampton University: Visiting lecturer, BA Photography
2008-9 Gloucester University: Visiting Lecturer, BA Editorial Photography
2007-8 Walsall College: BTEC, NVQ Photography courses
2006 Joseph Chamberlain College: Part-time lecturer teaching A level photography
2002-6 Lichfield College: 0.5 lecturer teaching A Level, GNVQ and BTEC photography
2002-3 Solihull College: Part-time lecturer teaching HND Photography
2001-2 Sandwell College: Teacher Training working across all year groups

Exhibitions (selected)

2018 Midland Arts Centre: (First Floor Gallery) Work in progress. Solo exhibition
2017 Open Eye Gallery: Home is a Person
2017 The New Art Gallery Walsall: Fresh Out of the Box (exhibition of works selected from Garmen Ryan permanent collection).
2015 Focal Point Gallery: 21st Anniversary exhibition of exhibiting artists
2011 Victoria & Albert Gallery. Look 2011 Liverpool International festival of photography.
2011 Wolverhampton Lighthouse Gallery: The Street: Joint work with the artist Dean Kelland exploring notions of the archive.
2010 The Atrium Gallery: London School of Economics: The Golden Road Solo exhibition
2010 Knowle West Media Centre: Urban Portraiture: Joint exhibition of Nature / Nature with the artist Gina Lombard. My element is the results of a residency at the centre, which explored gender identity within the predominantly working class estate of Knowle West.
2010 The New Art Gallery Walsall: Art work on exhibition to celebrate tenth anniversary of gallery.
2008 South Africa in 2 parts: International festival of photography celebrating work produced in South Africa: Hereford
2009 Unit 2 Gallery, London: All that it was....all that it is. Solo exhibition
2007 The New Art Gallery Walsall: All that it was....all that it is. Solo exhibition
2007 Midland Arts Centre: The Spaces in between. Solo exhibition
2007 The Focal Point Gallery: All that it was....all that it is. Solo exhibition

Works in development
The Promise of the City (working title): is a work about housing, specifically social housing in Birmingham and how that place which we call home, constructs our social identity - if only in the eyes of others.

Avec Moi: A return to a work started in 2005. The work explores the relationships that we have with the past, between ourselves and between those we photograph. The photograph and its changing context and meaning are explored in collaboration with the subject at the centre of the original photographs.

Published texts
The Street
Publisher: University of Wolverhampton CADRE Publications (5 April 2011)
SBN-10: 0956020461
ISBN-13: 978-0956020468

Awards / Grants

2017 Arts Council Award: Artists International Development Fund
2016 Arts Council Award: Grants for the Arts
2013 Arts Council Award: Some Cities
2012 Nominated for the Prix Pictet photographic award
2009 London School of Economics & political science Bursary
2009 KWMC Bursary
2009 Longhouse Research Bursary
2008 Arts Council England Grant Award
2006 Collide
2006 Arts Council England Grant Award
2005 Arts Council England Grant Award:

Talks (selected)

2017 National Symposium of Photography
2016 Grain Photographers in Conversation
2016 The New Photographer: artist, activist or entrepreneur?" KWMC
2016 The social eye of Janet Mendelsohn - symposium, Birmingham REP
2015 Artist Talk: Gloucester University
2011 In conversation with Pete James and Dean Kelland - The Lighthouse Gallery
2010 Talking Pictures: Artist talk discussing my work ‘The Golden Road’. London School of Economics
2010 Discussion on documentary photography: New Art Exchange, Nottingham
2009 Talking Pictures: Artist talk discussing my work ‘All that it was, all that it is’ London School of Economics
2008 Artist talk: Newport, University of Wales. Symposium to celebrate 10th anniversary of MA Programme.
2008 Artist Talk: Coventry University
2007 Artist talk: New Art Gallery, Walsall in conversation with Dr. Steve Edwards.
2007 Artist talk: Focal Point Gallery

Clients / Published (selected)

The Guardian
Financial Times Magazine
Independent on Sunday Review Magazine
Independent Magazine
The Alzheimer’s Society
Ikon Gallery
New Walsall Art Gallery
Canals & Rivers Trust
Buzzfeed News
Daily Mail
Sony BMG
Homer Creative
Shelter (Roof Magazine)
Community Care
Local Government Chronicle
Birmingham Post & Mail
Voice Newspaper
Arts Council England
Birmingham Museum and Art
Photography (South Korea)