Curriculum Vitae

Hughes’ photographic work explores the littoral zone and the politics of waste. In 2013 he traveled to Alaska, invited as part of an international team of artists and scientists to work on the project Gyre: The Plastic Ocean. This project was a world first and unique project that explored the integration of science and art to document and interpret the issue of plastic and human waste in the marine and coastal environment. Supported by National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationNational Geographic, Smithsonian Institution, National Endowment for the Arts Ocean Foundation, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Rasmusson Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Wells Fargo and The William Randolph Hearst Foundation. His book Dominant Wave Theory includes essays by world leading commentators and scientists, designed by David Carson, published by Booth-Clibborn Editions, London and Abrams Books, New York. He was the first Artist in Residence at Tate Gallery St. Ives and short-listed reserve residency artist for the Arts Council England Antarctic Fellowship. He has supported many non-profit and NGO’s such as Surfers Against Sewage, The Marine Conservation Society and Surfrider Foundation. 

1989 – 91 Royal College of Art, London, Masters Degree in Photography
1985 – 89 University of Wales, Cardiff, B.A. (hons) Fine Art, First Class

Fellowships, Awards and Commissions

2019 Sustainable Earth Institute, Creative Associates Award, University of Plymouth 
2017 Film Director, Coral Communities Project, Mauritius | 
Tagscape & Plymouth Marine Laboratory UK Global Challenges Research Fund 
2015 Ecover Ocean Plastic Project – 11
2014 Ecover Ocean Plastic Project – 1
2013 Invited Participant Artist, Gyre: The Plastic Ocean, Anchorage Museum, Alaska
2010 Reserve Artist in Residence, British Antarctic Survey Arts Council England Fellowship
2006 Arts Council England, Funding Grant
2000 British National Lottery and Millennium Commission Award
1998 Bournemouth International Arts Festival Artist Commission
1998 Southern Arts Major Award
1997 South West Arts, Funding Grant
1995 St Ives International Festival of Light Project, Tate Gallery
1995 Prince’s Trust Travel Grant
1994 Winner of Eastern Arts Young Artist Award
1993 Artist in Residence, Tate Gallery St Ives, Cornwall
1991 Winner of ELLE Magazine Talent Award
1991 Winner of Sunday Times Magazine Photography Award

Symposiums, Panels, Talks & Research Groups

2019 KeyNote Speaker, The Future of Sustainability, IPA EFF Week, Havas HKX, London
2019 Speaker, Smart Water Event, London Zoo, London
2019 Environmental Arts Practice Research Conference, University of Plymouth, UK
2019 Art in the Anthropocene conference, Trinity College Dublin
2018 The Inanimate Object and Plastic, MA Art, Law and Business, Christies Education, London
2018 Panelist: Art & Activism, Dr Tony Butt, Hugo Tagholm, Andy Hughes, Blue Dot Generation, House of Vans, London
2018 TAGSCAPE Workshop: Palace of Venaria, Venaria Reale, Turin. Co-organised by Politecnico di Torino, University of California (Los Angeles), Ecole des Hautes Etudes end Sciences Sociales (Paris) and the Italian Association of Urban History. 
2018 University of Greenwich, London, UK. Society and the Sea Conference. Delegate and Participant
2018 Paper: Sea Change: Wavescapes in the Anthropocene. University of Split, Croatia
2018 Royal Geographic Society-IBG Annual International Conference

……….Co-Presenting Visualising seascapes: encounters with coastal and marine environments.
……….Coral Communities:Using Visual Methods to Engage Stakeholders in Discussions about Resilience
2018 Photo-London Workshop, MA Art, Law and Business, Christies Education, London,
2017 Lecture, MA Art, Law and Business, Christies Education, London
2017 Cornwall Crafts Association, Annual AGM, Guest Speaker
2017 Creative Conversations, Invited Speaker, Exeter University
2017 Cornwall AONB, AGM, Invited Workshop Leader Speaker, GoonHilly Earth Station, Cornwall
2015 Chair, Cornwall Film Festival, Green Film Festival, Cornwall
2014 ‘Blue Mind 4 Summit’, Keynote Speaker and Panelist
2014 ‘Ocean Plastic, From Clean-up to New Brand, Ecover Headquarters, Malle, Belgium
2013 Gyre: The Plastic Ocean, Symposia Speaker, Anchorage Museum, Alaska
2013 ‘Migrations Symposium’, Invited speaker, University College Falmouth, Cornwall
2012 Images featured at the National Endowment for the Arts, Salzburg Global Seminar
Transcending Borders: The Intersections of Arts, Science, Technology, & Society on a Global Stage, Switzerland
2011 Presentation at European Centre for Photographic Research, University of Wales, Newport, Wales
2007 Invited Panellist at Tate Debate, Tate St Ives, Cornwall
2007 ‘The St Ives School’, Symposium, Cardiff University, Wales
2007 Invited Speaker ‘One Friday Conference’, Russell Square, London

Recent Selected Exhibitions 
2017 Raw Truths, Royal Geographic Society, London
2017 Moose On The Loose, UAL Photography and the Archive, St Johns Church, London
2016 PhotoPioneer-Photo Primitive, Penwith Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
2015 ‘Plastico Nomade’, Centro Cultural Juan Parra del Riego, Peru (British Cultural Centre, Lima)
2015 ‘Surf, Civilization and Barbarism’, Casa Cultura Okendo, Donostia, Spain
2015 ‘Gyre: The Plastic Ocean’, USC Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
2015 ‘Gyre: The Plastic Ocean’, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, USA
2014 ‘Gyre: The Plastic Ocean’, Anchorage Museum at Rasmusson Center, Alaska, USA
2013 ‘Andy Hughes Photographs’, Belgrave St Ives, Cornwall *
2013 ‘Blue, Raw Foundation’, Create Centre, Bristol
2011 ‘Dominant Wave Theory’, San Sebastian Surf Film Festival, Maritime Museum, Donostia, Spain *
2011 The 6th Gyre: Art, Oceans and Plastic Pollution, 5th International Marine Debris Conference,Hawaii, USA
2011 ‘The Nature of Waste: Art Meets Science Symposium & Exhibition’, Petit Science Centre, Atlanta
2010 ‘Message in a Bottle’, Andy Hughes & Chris Jordan, Mariners Museum, National Maritime Museum, USA
2010 Deutsche Bank Art Auction, Deutsche Bank, London
2008 ‘The New Landscape’, Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, Cornwall
2008 ‘Andy Hughes Photographs’, Surf Gallery, Laguna Beach, California *
2008 ‘The Happening’, Cornwall, Tokyo, London, New York
2008 ‘Lost and Found’, Crane Kalman, Brighton
2007 ‘Andy Hughes Photographs’, Goldenshot Photo-Lab, London *
2007 ‘Art Now Cornwall’, Tate Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
2007 ‘The St Ives School 1997 – 2007’, University Wales Institute, Cardiff
2006 The Core Gallery, The Eden Project, Cornwall *
2006 ‘Danger Global Warming’, Invited selected Artist, Project by BlackSmoke and Greenpeace
2005 ‘Oxbow Longboard Art Project’, Andy Hughes, Damien Hirst, Jamie Hewlett,
Gorillaz, Banksy, Aphex Twin, David Carson

Selected Public Collections
Cornwall County Council Collection of Modern Art
Arts Council of Wales
United States National Maritime Museum, Virginia

Authored Publications
Hughes, A. (2015) Glastonbury Opus 1 [online] Available from:
Hughes, A. (2015) Plastika Alaska [online] Available from:
Includes Contributions from Mark Dion, Carl Safina, Pam Longobardi, Nicholas Mallos, Howard Ferren.
Essay Ocean Semiosis by Abigail Susik
Hughes, A. (2007) Dominant Wave Theory. London, Booth Clibborn Editions.
Hughes, A. (2007) Dominant Wave Theory. New York, Abrams.

Recent Selected Publications
Hughes, A. (2014) Making Time – New Photographic Constructions, Cornwall, Limited Edition Catalogue (250 copies)
Hughes, A. (2014) Embedded. In Decker.J. Gyre:The Plastic Ocean. London, Booth-Clibborn Editions.
Susik, A. (2013) Convergence Zone: the Aesthetics and Politics of the Ocean in Contemporary Art
Drain Magazine[online]
Daniel-McElroy, S. (2007) Art Now Cornwall, Tate Gallery
Short, C. Tooby. M (2007) The St Ives School 1997 – 2007, University Wales Institute, Wales

Selected Media, Press and Web-Links

2019 Newsweek. Can Grand Theft Auto V help people understand the climate crisis?
2019 Game Art, GameScenes.
2019 University of Plymouth. Is Grand Theft Auto V mirroring the advance of climate change and plastic pollution?
2017 TRT World, Roundtable Discussion.
2017 Photo-Monitor Andy Hughes / Raw Truth: Plastic Interviewed by Christiane Monarchi

2017 RAW TRUTH: PLASTIC – A Journey from Source to Solution
2015 HYPERALLERGIC.COM Artists Confront the Plastic Pollution of the Oceans [online]
2015 HUFFINGTON POST Gyre: The Plastic Ocean Arts Review [online]
2015 STOR DAILY Eco-Art: Where Art Meets Education [online]
2015 NEW AMERICAN PAINTINGS Gyre: The Plastic Ocean” at the Anchorage Museum [online]
2015 McGOWEN.F (2015) The Politics of Waste.Manor Magazine 6 (10).p 36-39 Plymouth
2014 PLASTIC POLLUTION COALITION (2014) ‘GYRE’ a Collaboration of Scientists and Artists. [online]
2013 NOAA Marine Debris Program Gyre:The Plastic Ocean Exhibit [online]
2013 Gyre: Creating Art from a Plastic Ocean (2013) Directed by Dudes on Media. [film, dvd] USA: National Geographic
2013 Art and the environment. 2014 [radio]NPR Alaska Public Radio 7 February 2.00pm
2013 An Alaskan Diary [online]
2013 SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE BLOG (2014) Artists Join Scientists on an Expedition to Collect Marine Debris. [online] http://
2013 VOICES:NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (2013) Filmmakers Document the “Weirdness” of Marine Garbage on the Gyre Expedition [online]
2011 Landscape Magazine (2011) Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs, United Kingdom Government
2010 DISCARDED STUDIES (2010) Dominate Wave Theory Review [online]
2010 THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER (2010) Dominant Wave Theory: the art of beach rubbish. [online]
2010 MARINERS MUSUEM (2010) Message in a Bottle [online]
2010 BBC BRAZIL – Web feature ‘Message in a Bottle’, Maritime Museum, Virginia
2009 THE TIMES NEWSPAPER 14.3.09 Modern rubbish art with message
2008 Royal Photographic Society, Contemporary Group Magazine, Summer 2008
2007 Tate Gallery St Ives –
2007 Artist film for Nokia & Virgin Airways In-Flight Media
2007 Saatchi Gallery’s online magazine
2006 David Carson Design
2007 Orion Magazine, June Edition, Polymers are Forever
2007 SEED Magazine (USA) Book Review
2007 AG International Journal of Photography 05.07
2007 Royal Photographic Society, Journal, 01.07
2006 Material World [onlineT
2006 Western Morning News, Magazine Feature
2006 Eden Magazine No. 24
2006 Canadian National Post, Arts & Life
2005 Channel 4 Short Film The Nations Favorite Buildings
2004 Selected Artist to support bid for Royal Photographic Society, Year of Photography & Electronic Imaging
2003 BBC World Service Radio Interview, Young Artists in Cornwall
2000 Gulf News, Dubia, United Arab Emirates
1995 BBC Radio 4 Kaleidoscope Interview Feature
1995 BBC Radio 4 The Afternoon Shift

Visiting Lecturer
University of Plymouth
Christies Education, London
University College Falmouth
Southampton University
Tate Gallery St Ives
St Ives School of Art
Cardiff University, Wales
Royal College of Art, London
Northampton College
ARCO Lisbon
Cornwall College
Christopher Newport University, USA

Associate Lecturer, Truro College, Cornwall
2015 Photography Tutor, Open College of Art (UCA), BA Photography