Studied BA Fine Art at Trent Polytechnic (now Nottingham Trent University), followed by a Masters degree in Fine Art (MFA) at the University of Reading.
After spending two years in New York as a Fulbright Scholar, Andy returned to the UK to complete his PhD supported by a Lionel Robbins Memorial Scholarship. His doctoral research involved an investigation into the creative application of holography as a tool and process for 'drawing' in space.
This was the first PhD awarded by the Department of Fine Art at the University of Reading and is thought to be one of the earliest examples of a practice-based fine art doctorate where the work (holograms) formed the major part of the PhD submission, supported by a contextual document.
He has exhibited his work with holography, projected light, and installation in solo and group exhibitions internationally.
Alongside his work as an artist, Andy has been involved in the critical exploration of holography as a writer, advisor and doctoral examiner. He was director of the Shearwater Foundation Holography Program, which supported the wider understanding of holography as a creative and educational process and distributed over a million and a half US Dollars of funding during its existence. He was also the director of the International Holography Fund, which continued the work of the Shearwater Foundation in supporting creative holography projects, founded and published the Creative Holography Index, the International Catalogue for Holography and has acted as an advisor on several museums, gallery, cultural and creative projects involving holography.
Fulbright Scholar, Lionel Robbins Memorial Scholar, Shearwater Award for Creative Holography, New Contemporaries prize winner, ICA, London, Northern Young Contemporaries prize winner, The Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester