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Andrew Robinson

Senior Lecturer in Film and Photography


Summary

Andrew currently holds a full time post as Senor Lecturer in Photography teaching on both the Mart and BA (Hons) courses at Sheffield Hallam University. He is module leader of practice and technical modules across three years of the course and is the professional practice lead for the programme.

About

After studying Geology and working as a researcher at Sunderland Polytechnic, Andrew gained his start in photography in 1988 when he was awarded first prize by David Hockney in a competition and exhibition hosted by the National Media Museum. This led to a year long Northern Arts Photography Bursary the work from which earned him a place on the MA course in Photography at the Royal College of Art in London where he was tutored by Michael Langford, Paul Graham, Mari Marr and Helen Chadwick. After graduating with distinction Andrew spent five years working freelance in London for a range of clients including The British Council, Thames and Hudson, London Records, ID Magazine and The Observer Film Company. During this time he also worked as photographer and gallery assistant for the Zelda Cheatle Gallery, as a technical consultant for Silverprint and as a visiting tutor on a number of photography courses.

In 1995 Andrew took up a post as photography lecturer at Stockport College of H.E. where he helped found the HND in Documentary Photography and later the BA (Hons) in Documentary and Fine Art Photography whilst also teaching digital photography on the Multi-Media Journalism degree course at University College Warrington. In addition to lecturing he has been awarded numerous Arts Commissions producing and exhibiting work for Eastern Arts, The Norfolk Museum of Rural Life, The National Trust, North West Arts, Photofusion London, The Guildhall Gallery Gloucester, Huyton Gallery Liverpool and others. In 2006 Andrew moved to the Media Arts department at SHU as a Senior Lecturer in Photography where he helped establish the BA (Hons) in Photography on which he now teaches. Whilst working at SHU Andrew has extended his creative practice, undertaking research and consultation projects for a range of clients including Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Wellcome Trust, Nottingham Trent University, Rural Education and Arts Projects, Creative Partnerships and Groundwork East Midlands.

Andrew’s photographic practice investigates notions of individual and communal identity through a visual anthropology of people, place and trace applying creative strategies that integrate still and moving imagery along with text, audio and found materials in an exploration of visual narrative.

Teaching

Department of Media Arts and Communication

Business, Technology and Enterprise

Publications

Journal articles

Robinson, A. (2011). Giving voice and taking pictures: participatory documentary and visual research. People, place and policy online, 5 (3), 115-134. http://doi.org/10.3351/ppp.0005.0003.0001

Syson-Nibbs, L., Robinson, A., Cook, J., & King, I. (2009). Young farmers' photographic mental health promotion programme: A case study. Arts and health : an international journal for research, policy and practice, 1 (2), 151-167. http://doi.org/10.1080/17533010903031622

Conference papers

Robinson, A. (2016). Photography, Urbex and the Post-Industrial Landscape. In Back Then: A Celebration of Art and Engineering, Gripple, Savile St E, Sheffield S4 7UQ, 22 March 2016. http://www.sheffieldcityofmakers.co.uk/calendar/back-then-a-celebration-of-art-and-engineering

Robinson, A. (2015). Creative Journeys (short paper). In ‘Where Next - Steps Towards the Future of Walking Arts’, Falmouth University, Cornwall, England, 15 April 2015 - 16 April 2015. http://www.falmouth.ac.uk/whereto

Robinson, A. Photography, fake news and the restless ghosts of the Gettysburg battlefield. In Haunts #3 - The Haunted Battleground, SHU Space and Place Research Group. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lodK2gC5CvM

Robinson, A. The Return of the Plague: a Haunted Village. In Haunts #1: Haunted Places and Haunted Practices - SHU Space and Place Research Group. Online Conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY76_tq0zMg

Book chapters

Robinson, A. (2021). Photographic surveys of calendar customs: preserving identity in times of change. In Cheeseman, M., & Hart, C. (Eds.) Nation and fascination: folklore in Britain and Ireland. (1st Ed). London: Routledge

Robinson, A. (2021). Creative Vernacular Interventions; a view from England - Expressions of contemporary English Custom, Myth and Legend in response to Covid19. In Bridges, B., Brillhart, R., & Goldstein, D.E. (Eds.) Behind the Mask: Vernacular Culture in the Time of COVID. (1st Edition).

Robinson, A. (2018). An Idea of North. In Northern Light: Photography, Landscape and the North. (pp. 34-37). Sheffield Hallam University: Media Arts and Communication, Sheffield Hallam University

White, D., & Goldie, C. (2017). Northern light: Landscape photography and the north. In Robinson, A. (Ed.) Northern Light: Landscape Photography and the North. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University

Books

Robinson, A. (2018). Northern Light: Landscape, Photography and the North. Sheffield: Media Arts and Communication, Sheffield Hallam University.

Robinson, A. (Ed.). (2011). Drawn in light: Jo Berry’s ‘Hijacking Natural Systems’. Buxton, England: Andrew Robinson (self published). http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2361208

Robinson, A. (Ed.). (2011). Drawn in light: Jo Berry’s ‘Hijacking Natural Systems’. Buxton, England: Andrew Robinson (self published). http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2361208

Robinson, A. (Ed.). (2011). What is happening to our community. Buxton, England: Andrew Robinson (self published). http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2495726

Robinson, A. (Ed.). (2011). What is happening to our community. Buxton, England: Andrew Robinson (self published). http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2495726

Artefacts

Robinson, A. (2019). in a small and narrow clearing. [Artist's Book]. http://anthology.co.uk/photos_recent_clearing_1.html

Robinson, A. (2019). forest, ridge, mountain, lake - Four Walks in Flaine, 12th - 15th July 2018. [Artist's Book]. http://anthology.co.uk/photos_recent_flaine.html

Robinson, A. (2016). An Idea of North. [Artists Bookwork]. http://anthology.co.uk/photos_project_north.html

Robinson, A. (2015). Nine walks (photo series / web page). [Print / Web Page / Video]. http://anthology.co.uk/photos_project_walking.html

Robinson, A. (2013). Service Station Journal (Pair of unique self published photo books). http://anthology.co.uk/photos_project_motorway.html

Gent, S., Parkin, M., Watson, A., Lee, J., Robinson, A., Robinson, S., & Lazenby, M. (n.d.). Solar. [Video works presented on an app]. https://www.shu.ac.uk/catalyst

Exhibitions

Robinson, A. (n.d.). Communities Under Pressure: Life in challenging communities. [Exhibition of Photographs, text and video works]. New London Architecture, 26 Store Street, London. WC1E 7BT. http://www.jrf.org.uk/media-centre/exhibition-explores-different-realities-living-low-income-neighbourhoods

Robinson, A. (n.d.). Communities Under Pressure: Life in challenging communities. [Exhibition of Photographs, text and video works]. New London Architecture, 26 Store Street, London. WC1E 7BT. http://www.jrf.org.uk/media-centre/exhibition-explores-different-realities-living-low-income-neighbourhoods

Robinson, A. (2013). Service Station Journal (installation for 'The Motorway Service Station as a Destination in its Own Right'). [Installation (2x 190pp (approx) B4 books, wooden table, 2x 1080 x 1470mm digital Gicleé prints]. Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Engalnd. S1 2DS. http://anthology.co.uk/photos_project_motorway.html

Robinson, A. (n.d.). Photobibliophile.co.uk (online gallery of original and creative photobooks and zines). [Web Site including Text, Photographs and Videos]. http://www.photobibliophile.co.uk/

Robinson, A. (n.d.). Northern Light - Website Gallery. [Website based gallery].

Gent, S., Watson, A., Lee, J., Wichert, P., Robinson, S., Robinson, A., ... Lazenby, M. (2018). Walk Out. [Video, photography, and sculpture]. Sheffield Institute for Art. https://www4.shu.ac.uk/sia/events/event-listing.html?event=282

Media

Robinson, A., & Clarke, D. (2020). Folkloric Customs in the time of COVID-19. [Podcast]. Sheffield University: https://festivalofthemind.sheffield.ac.uk/2020/spiegeltent/folkloric-customs-in-the-time-of-covid-19-dr-david-clarke-and-andrew-robinson/

Robinson, A. (2017). 53.398322, -1.776431 (from 'Beyond The Trees'). [Online / Exhibition]. http://anthology.co.uk/photos_project_neptune.html

Watson, A., Lee, J., Gent, S., Ternan, M., Parkin, M., Robinson, A., & Robinson, S. (2015). Showreel for Media Arts Walking Research Group. [DVD]. Sheffield Hallam University: http://www.falmouth.ac.uk/whereto

Robinson, A. (2011). Drawn in Light: A visual exploration of Joanne Berry’s ‘Hijacking Natural Systems’. [DVD and HD online version]. Andrew Robinson: http://anthology.co.uk/films_drawn_full.html

Presentations

Robinson, A., Clarke, D., & Rodgers, D. (2020). Folklore, Custom and Contemporary Legend - The CCL Research Group at SHU. Presented at: Creating Knowledge Conference 2020, Online, 2020

Robinson, A. (2019). Performance and Ritual in the photography of English Calendar Customs. Presented at: Royal Photography Society, Historical Group Research Symposium, Sheffield, UK, 2019

Robinson, A. (2019). The Lord of Misrule: misbehaving badly in a Cornish town. Presented at: FOLKLORE ON SCREEN - A 2-day international conference with a hauntological music event, Sheffield Hallam University

Robinson, A. (2019). Photographic Surveys of Calendar Customs: preserving identity in times of change. Presented at: Folklore and the Nation, A Folklore Society Conference, University of Derby, 2019

Robinson, A. (2018). Photographers, the English Calendar Custom and the Lure of the Wyrd. Presented at: Centre for Contemporary Legend - Inaugural Symposium, Collegiate Crescent Campus, Sheffield Hallam University

Robinson, A. (2018). Sir Benjamin Stone, Tony Ray Jones and Mr Bill Jay’s Amazing Time Machine. Presented at: Royal Photography Society, Historical Group Research Symposium

Robinson, A. (2017). Lilliput, Brandt, and the Photo Essay.

Robinson, A. (2015). Nine Walks (video). Presented at: Where to? Steps towards the future of walking arts, Falmouth University, 2015

Posters

Watson, A., Lee, J., Gent, S., Ternan, M., Parkin, M., Robinson, A., & Robinson, S. (2015). Poster for Media Arts Walking Research Group. Presented at: Where to? Steps towards the future of walking arts, Falmouth University, 2015

Robinson, A. (2015). Media Arts Walking Research Group Interactive poster. Presented at: Where to? Steps towards the future of walking arts, Falmouth University, 2015

Other publications

Watson, A., Lee, J., Parkin, M., Gent, S., Robinson, A., Robinson, S., & Lazenby, M. (2017). SOLAR - a walking app. Sheffield Hallam University Catalyst Fund

Other activities

Andrew is the founder and curator of the online photobook resource ‘ Photobibliophile.co.uk ’ and currently acts as external examiner for the BA (Hons) Photography Course at De Montford University, Leicester.

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