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

2023 Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Environmental Artist Commission
2022 Gapado AiR, Artist in Residence, Jeju Province, South Korea [ Nominated by Clarrie Wallis, Director Turner Contemporary]
2021 Cultivator Mentorship Award & Cultivator Skills Award,
Funded by HM Government, Creative Kernow, Cornwall Council, Arts Council England, European Union Structural and Investment Funds
2021 Winner of Plastic Free CreatIve Award, Surfers Against Sewage
2021 Pingyao International Photography Exhibition, Sand Sea and Soil, Curated by Professor Liz Wells, China
2019 Sustainable Earth Institute, Creative Associates Award, University of Plymouth
2017 Coral Communities Project, Mauritius, Tagscape & Plymouth Marine Laboratory Funded by UK Global Challenges Research Fund
2015 Ecover Ocean Plastic Project
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

2023 Guest Speaker at Notpla, (2022 Earthshot Winner),  London
2023 Guest Speaker at Ecology, Activism & Creativity, Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University
2022 AiR Artist Talk (public), Gapado, South Korea
2021 The Grand Challenge, Ocean and Me, Royal College of Art, London
2020 Environmental Arts Practice Research Conference, University of Plymouth, UK
2019 Included in the paper, Widening Gyre: A Poetics of Ocean Plastics Mandy Bloomfield, Configurations, Volume 27, Number 4, Fall 2019, pp. 501-523 (Article) Published by Johns Hopkins University Press, DOI:
2019 Keynote Speaker, The Future of Sustainability, IPA EFF Week, Havas HKX, London
2019 Keynote Speaker, Smart Water, London Zoo, London
2019 Joint presentation at Art in the Anthropocene Conference, Trinity College, Dublin
2018 The Inanimate Object and Plastic; MA Art, Law and Business, Christie's Education, London
2018 Invited panellist, 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 Society and the Sea Conference, delegate and participant, University of Greenwich, London, UK
2018 Delivered 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, Christie's Education, London
2017 Lecture, MA Art, Law and Business, Christie's Education, London
2017 Guest Speaker, Cornwall Crafts Association, Annual AGM
2017 Guest Speaker, Creative Conversations, 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 Panellist
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, Switzerland, Transcending Borders
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

2023 Sea Fever II, Porthmeor Studios, St Ives, Cornwall
2023 Gapado AiR Resident Artist Archive Exhibition, New Design Library Exhibition, Hyundai Card, Seoul
2023 I Chose This, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, Arts Council Collection and Cornwall Council Schools Art Collection
2023 Jeju Biennale, Metaverse, Jeju Island, South Korea
2022 Jeju Biennale, Jeju Island, South Korea , work installed at two sites; Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art & Polycarbonate direct prints sited overlooking the Sea of Japan, Gapado
2022 Gapado AiR, Solo Exhibition, Gapado, South Korea
2022 Art Jeju, Lotte Hotel, Jeju, South Korea
2021 Sand Sea and Soil, Curated by Professor Liz Wells, Pingyao International Photography Festival, China
2021 Red Creek, Andy Hughes & Peggy Atherton, Borlase Smart Rooms, Porthmeor Studios, Cornwall
2020 Milan Machinima Film Festival, IULM University in Milan, Italy
2020 Animator Film Festival, Between a Video Game and Animation, Poland
2019 Cornwall Short Film Festival, Falmouth, Cornwall
2019 Coastal Contaminations, Tynemouth Bridge Gallery, Tynemouth
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

2023 Gapado Artist in Residence, Archive Book, Jeju Foundation for Arts and Culture
2022 Photography and Environmental Activism: Visualising the Struggle Against Industrial, Pollution by Chonohar Scott, Published by Routledge
2021 Sand Sea and Soil, Pingyao County Peoples Government, China
2021 Plastic Ocean, Art and Science Responses to Marine Pollution. Reichle, I. De Gruyter
2014 Making Time – New Photographic Constructions
2014 Gyre: The Plastic Ocean, Decker.J., Booth-Clibborn Editions
2007 Art Now Cornwall, Tate Gallery, London

2021 Red Creek
2019 Plastic Scoop
2018 Glastonbury Opus
2013 I, Jack Russell: A Photographer and a Dog's Eye View, Booth-Clibborn & Abrams Books
2007 Dominant Wave Theory. Andy Hughes, London, Booth Clibborn Editions
2007 Dominant Wave Theory. Andy Hughes, New York, Abrams

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

2023 Gapado AiR Resident Artist Archive Exhibition, New Design Library Exhibition, Hyundai Card Building, Seoul, South Korea ( Accessed: 26.08.23)
2022 Arirang Radio Interview, Wonders of Jeju, South Korea
2022 Plastic Pollution Coalition (Accessed: 20.08.23).
2022 Plastic Scoop: Artist Film Explores the Plastic Pollution Crisis: (Accessed: 20.08.23).
2020 Milan Machinima Film Festival
2019 Whalen, A. (2019) (Accessed: 20.08.23).
2019 Bittanti, M.(2019) GAME ART: ANDY HUGHES’ PLASTIC SCOOP (2019).
Available at: (Accessed: 20.08.23).
2019 University of Plymouth. Is Grand Theft Auto V mirroring the advance of climate change and plastic pollution?
Available at: (Accessed: 20.08.23).
2008 Plastic Planet, Carve Surf Magazine Interview 20.08.23).
2017 TRT World, Roundtable Discussion. (Accessed: 20.08.23).
2017 Photo-Monitor, Andy Hughes, Raw Truths: Plastic, Interviewed by Christiane Monarchi. Available at: (Accessed: 20.08.23).
2017 Raw Truth: Plastic – A Journey from Source to Solution
2016 Adorama TV, (USA) Photographing the Extreme
2015, Artists Confront the Plastic Pollution of the Oceans.
Available at: (Accessed: 20.08.23).
2015 Huffington Post, Stunning Art Exhibition Captures The World Of Plastic Trash Filling Our Oceans.
Available at: (Accessed: 20.08.23).
2015 Eco-Art, Where Art Meets Education. Available at: (Accessed: 20.08.23).
2015 New American Paintings, Gyre: The Plastic Ocean” at the Anchorage Museum.
Available at: (Accessed: 20.08.23).
2015 McGowen.F. The Politics of Waste. Manor Magazine 6 (10).p 36-39 Plymouth
2014 Plastic Pollution Coalition -Gyre a Collaboration of Scientists and Artists.
Available at: (Accessed: 20.08.23).
2014 [radio]NPR Alaska Public Radio 7 February 2.00 pm
2014 Smithsonian Magazine, Artists Join Scientists on an Expedition to Collect Marine Debris.
Available at: (Accessed: 20.08.23).
2013 NOAA Marine Debris Program Gyre: The Plastic Ocean Exhibit. Available at: (Accessed: 20.08.23).
2013 National Geographic, Gyre: Creating Art from a Plastic Ocean, Directed by Dudes on Media. [film, dvd] USA. Available at: (Accessed: 20.08.23).
2013 Art and the environment, NPR Alaska Public Radio
2013 Finisterre, An Alaskan Diary
2013 Voices: National Geographic Blogg/Filmmakers Document the “Weirdness” of Marine Garbage on the Gyre Expedition.
2011 Landscape Magazine, Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs, UK Government
2010 Discarded Studies Dominate Wave Theory Review. Available at: (Accessed: 20.08.23).
2010 The Guardian, Dominant Wave Theory: the art of beach rubbish. Available at: Available at: (Accessed: 20.08.23).
2010 BBC Brazil – Web feature ‘Message in a Bottle, Maritime Museum, Virginia
2009 The Time Newspaper 14.3.09 Modern rubbish art with a message
2008 Royal Photographic Society, Contemporary Group Magazine, Summer 2008
2007 Tate Gallery St Ives. Available at: 20.08.23).
2007 Artist film for Nokia & Virgin Airways In-Flight Media (Film by Nick Waplington)
2007 Saatchi Gallery’s online magazine
2006 David Carson Design. Available at: (Accessed: 20.08.23).
2007 Orion Magazine, June Edition, Polymers are Forever (Accessed: 20.08.23).
2007 SEED Magazine (USA) Book Review
2007 AG International Journal of Photography 05.07
2007 Royal Photographic Society, Journal, 01.07
2006 Material World. Available at: (Accessed: 20.08.23).
2006 Western Morning News, Magazine Feature
2006 Eden Magazine No. 24
2006 Canadian National Post, Arts & Life
2005 Channel 4 Short Film, The Nations Favourite Buildings, Tate St Ives
2004 Selected Bid Artist, Royal Photographic Society, Year of Photography & Electronic Imaging
2003 BBC World Service Radio Interview, Young Artists in Cornwall
2000 Gulf News, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1995 BBC Radio 4, Kaleidoscope Interview Feature
1995 BBC Radio 4 The Afternoon Shift

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 // ARCO Lisbon, Portugal // Christopher Newport University, USA

0.5 Associate Lecturer Media and Photography, Truro-Penwith College, Cornwall
Online B.A. Photography Tutor, Open University

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