FIRST@108: Public Art Award

2015 Winner: Tabatha Andrews

Tabatha Andrews MRBS is a sculptor and installation artist who works with a wide range of materials; from architecture to print, drawing, sound, light and video projection. Her work visualises energy and unsettles the hierarchy of the senses, transforming different sites and contexts, including forests, cathedrals, contemporary architecture and cyberspace.  During 2015 she ran an ACE funded project exploring the relationship of sculpture to the senses, involving the blind opera singer Victoria Oruwari and composer John Matthias, with exhibitions at ROOMartspace London and KARST Plymouth. She is a commissioned artist on the ‘Bideford Black’ project (now showing at Burton Museum and Gallery, Bideford, Devon). 

Andrews studied at Glasgow School of Art, Slade School of Art and the Skowhegan School of Art, Maine. She was Artist in Residence at Gloucester Cathedral in 2002-3 and has made work for the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust, the Whipple Museum of Science in Cambridge, the Monument to the Fire of London and many other venues.  She is currently an Associate Lecturer at Plymouth University and teaches on the Dartmoor Arts Project.

‘To me, sculpture is a means of visualising the invisible, by giving material form to those things we can sense but not see. I am interested in the point at which language breaks down and communication enters a primitive state’ Tabatha Andrews 2008

View the short film about Andrews award winning sculpture The Dispensary below.

Tabatha Andrews | The Dispensary from liberty smith on Vimeo.