Dr. Andrew Warstat

Lecturer In Photography

Media Factory, ME330

+44 (0) 1772 89 5044

Dr Andrew Warstat is a writer, photographer and artist: recent exhibitions include After the Disaster (Outpost, 2008) and The Object of Photography (The Burton Gallery, 2009). Publications include work on John Stezaker and the role of negation and destruction in contemporary art and photography. Current research projects include work on the historical and political conditions of the contemporary British art school.

Full Profile

Dr Andrew Warstat is a writer, photographer and artist based in Yorkshire. His recent work has been exhibited in both the UK and Europe; solo and group shows include After the Disaster (Outpost, Norwich, 2008) and The Object of Photography (The Burton Gallery, Leeds, 2009).

As a writer, Andrew has worked as an editor on the Routledge journal parallax, and has published essays and texts on contemporary art and photography. He completed his PhD (Negation and the Image: John Stezaker, Mediation and the Afterlife of the Work of Art) at the University of Leeds in 2009.

Recent conference papers include presentations at Tate Modern and Tate Britain. His current writing includes a chapter on the work of the filmmaker Lewis Klahr for a forthcoming edited collection on animation and the document; a book project on the politics of the contemporary British art school, and an essay on the relationship between creativity, ignorance and knowledge with Kettle’s Yard and Black Dog Publishing.

On-going research includes: work on the ‘reappearance’ of debates about realism in recent Marxist aesthetics; analysis of the practice and representation of destruction and decay in post war photography; and investigations into the politics of time via an examination of the use of the ‘archaic’ in contemporary art.

Research Activities


Orpheus Looking Back, South Hill Park ISBN: 0950720585

Empty, Swept and Garnished, Elsewise Publishing ISBN: 0955078903

After The Disaster, Elsewise Publishing ISBN: 978-0-9550789-2-7

The Object of Photography, The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery ISBN: 13978-1-874331-38-4 (includes an extended essay on ‘The Artist as Stan Laurel’ by Rowan Bailey)


Current teaching responsibilities include delivering both undergraduate and postgraduate modules on the relationship of theory to contemporary photographic practice.


PhD Negation and the image: John Stezaker, mediation and the afterlife of a work of art (University of Leeds, 2009)
MA Fine Art,( Middlesex University, 2000)
BA (Hons.) Fine Art (West Surrey College of Art and Design, 1994)


2010 Cardboard Folly, curated by Emily Speed (exhibited at the Bluecoat, Liverpool during the Liverpool Biennial, Manchester Artists’ Book Fair at Manchester Metropolitan University and at the BABE artists’ book event during April 2011 at the Arnolfini, Bristol)
2010 Unfixed, Hebben Bridge
2009 The Object of Photography, curated by Layla Bloom, The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds, Leeds
2008 Kunstwerk Bazaar, curated by Andrew Hunt, Outpost Gallery, Norwich
2008 Separations, Leeds
2008 After The Disaster, Outpost Gallery, Norwich
2008 ‘What Happens Next?’, PM Gallery, London
2007 ‘Gavin Turk selects…’, curated by Gavin Turk, Outpost Gallery, Norwich
2007 Paper Lies, Festival Gallery, Hebden Bridge

2006 Open Studios, Leeds
2005 Empty, Swept and Garnished, Shrewsbury
2005 Insomnia, London
2004 Altered Image, Photography Gallery, Shrewsbury
2001 Twelve, Quicksilver Gallery, London
2000 Thickspace, Cubitt Gallery, London
1999 Quicksilver Gallery, London
1998 Colourless, Spectrum, Farnham
1997 Orpheus Looking Back (with Yve Lomax, Chris Fisher, Jim Mooney, Gill Houghton, Daniela Granzin, Beth Harland, Tracy Hetherington, Paul Whittaker) curated by John Lavery, South Hill Park, Bracknell
1996 Now, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
1995 On the Verge of the Book, Brighton



‘Unteachable and Unlearnable: The Ignorance of Artists’ in On Not Knowing: How Artists Think (Black Dog Publishing, London 2013)

‘After The Disaster’, Justice, Issue 11, New Trespass Magazine (July 2011), pp.34-39

‘An Interview with John Stezaker’, parallax, 16:2 (May 2010), pp.68-78

Image Damage, parallax, 16:2 (May 2010), pp.1-5

Guest editor of Image Damage, Issue 55, parallax, 16:2 (May 2010). With contributions from Alphonso Lingis, Michael Newman, John Roberts, John Stezaker, Michael Phillipson, Nicky Coutts, Amanda Beech, Robin Mackay, Brian Evenson, Liz Watkins, William Horner, Tim Clark and Gregg M. Horowitz

PhD thesis: Negation and the image: John Stezaker, mediation and the afterlife of a work of art (University of Leeds, 2009)

‘The Ethics of Surprise’, ed. Leonor da Silva and Sue Wilks, Showing: Expectations (Elsewhere, 2009)

Dictionary of British Sculptors (contributing author), ed. Alan Windsor (Scholar Press, London) ISBN: 1859284566

‘John Stezaker and the Afterlife of Images’, Mortality, 12:S1 (2007), pp.S1-S98


2011 University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art and The Edinburgh Film Festival - Animating Realities: Animation, Documentary and the Moving Image - Lewis Klahr and the Shuddering Image

2011 The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, Leeds - Virtually Real: The Location of Contemporary Art

2010 School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London - Historical Materialism 7th Annual Conference: Crisis and Critique - Violence, Aesthetics and Ugly Revolutions

2010 University of Glasgow - Association of Art Historians - Art, Philosophy and Revolution in Mid-Twentieth-Century European Art

2008 University of Lincoln - Drawing on Thinking (convened by Deanna Petherbridge) - The Burrow: Kafka’s Art School

2008 Tate Britain - Association of Art Historians - The Teaching Studio

2008 Norwich School of Art and Design - Research in progress - After the Disaster

2007 University of Bath - Death, Dying and Disposal 8th International Conference - John Stezaker and the Afterlife of Images

2007 University of Leeds - Chances and Challenges: Practice Led Research Symposium - Kafka’s Monkey: Reporting to the Academy, it’s just a trick of the eye…

2007 East Street Arts, Leeds - Showing: Expectations - chair for the discussion between Tim Brennan, Dinah Clarke, Karen Watson, Dr Sue Wilks, Leonor da Silva

2007 University College Falmouth - Invited speaker’s programme - Allegory and the Image

2006 Lancaster University - Models and Modes of Creative Practice: Art, Writing and Research - The Image of Research, an allegory?

2005 York St. John - Research in progress - Blanchot, Levinas and Stezaker on the image

2002 Tate Modern - The Artist’s Voice (organised by Wimbledon School of Art) - Maurice Blanchot, Heinrich Boll and the Silent Artist