Andy Holden


Andy Holden is both a multi-media artist and a musician whose body of work is varied and spans across different techniques. Indeed, his artistic output is influenced by the dialogue and synergy between the different facets of his practice: he works with plaster, bronze, ceramics, found objects and images, household paint and printmaking, video, sound and performance. Some of the recurring themes in his work are history, memory, nostalgia and philosophical enquiry. In apparent disaccord with the universality and urgency of these issues, Holden’s explorations often take the form of repurposed everyday techniques – such as knitting – or ‘entities’ – such as the beloved cartoon characters of our childhood. One of the most challenging traits of Holden’s practice is the dichotomy between the childlike gaze with which the world is examined and the simultaneous awareness of life’s periodic bleakness. Andy Holden’s interest in childhood and notions of play in relation to art stems from his investigation on how we experience objects in the world: this also leads him to probe the relationship between artefact and artifice, authentic and fake, as well as to experiments with scale.  
Andy Holden graduated from Goldsmiths, London in 2005. He first came to the attention of a large public in 2010 for his ‘Pyramid Piece’ and ‘Return of the Pyramid Piece’, exhibited in the Art Now series at Tate Britain.  In 2017 Holden collaborated with his father the ornithologist Peter Holden on the exhibition Natural Selection, commissioned by Artangel. The exhibition explored the sculptural properties of birds’ nests and the history of oology in Britain, as well as themes of parental influence, ideas of nature and nurture. The exhibition was given a five-star review by The Observer and subsequently toured to Leeds Art Gallery, Bristol Museum and other venues. The films were acquired by the Tate Collection, Bristol Museum and Leeds Art Gallery. The book accompanying the exhibition includes an essay by nature writer Helen MacDonald. 
In 2024, ‘Natural selection’ and other works by Andy Holden will be shown at the Kröller Müller Museum, Otterlo, the Netherlands.
Works can be found in the permanent collections of Tate Gallery, Leeds Art Gallery, Bristol Museum, Arts Council Collection and Zabludowicz Collection in the UK and various collections in Europe. 


Lives and works in Bedfordshire, UK

Works can be found in the permanent collections of Tate Gallery, Leeds Art Gallery, Bristol Museum, Arts Council Collection and Zabludowicz Collection in the UK and various collections in Europe. 




Guest Student Staedelschule, Frankfurt, Germany


BA Fine Art: Goldsmiths College


Foundation in Art, Cambridge Regional College



Door de bomen het bos, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands


Song of Songs, Seventeen, London U.K

Full of Days, Gallery of Everything, London UK


Structure of Feeling (Ghost Train), Block 336, London


Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape, Cinema Museum, London

Natural Selection, Shetland Arts, Shetland

Natural Selection, Bristol Museum

Natural Slection, Hospitalfields/Arbroath Law Courts, Scotland


Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape, Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto

Natural Selection, CAST, Cornwall

Natural Selection, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne

Natural Selection, Leeds Art Gallery


As Speed Increase Objects can Ben in Several Places At Once, Lancaster Arts


Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape, Wasps, Glasgow International


Towards a Unifie Theory of M!MS, Kunsthall Winterthur

It’s Only Bondage was the Circling Sky, SVA/Site Festival, Stroud


Towards a Unified Theory of M!MS, Spike Island, Bristol


Towards a Unified Theory of M!MS, Zabludowicz Collection, London

Folly and Landscape, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh


The Dan Cox Library for the Unfinished Concept of Thingly Time, Cubitt

Stalagmite Rock Club, Art Rotterdam, solo presentation

Cookham Erratics, Works|Projects, Bristol


Chewy Cosmos Thingly Time, Kettle’s Yard Cambridge

Cookham Erratic, Benaki Museum, Athens


Art Now:Andy Holden, TATE Britain

Permanent Vacation, Bureau Manchester


Desert Project, Works/Projects, Bristol

A Series of Small Encounters, Hidde van Seggelen*

Two Short Works In Time, Performance, Odeon Cinema, Covent Garden


The World is Round and Mr Wrigley Makes Chewing Gum, Kunstfort, NL

You Go On Without Me, Hex Projects, London



Auguries, Permanent public sculpture commission, Wakefield U.K

Behold, Hypha Studio’s, London UK

Amber Rooms, Matt’s Gallery, London U.K


British Art Show 9, Whitworth, Manchester UK

British Art Show 9, Box, Plymouth UK

Raw Nerves, Hannah Barry Gallery, Peckham, UK

Ghost Show, Copeland Park, London

Cubitt 30, Victoria Miro, London

Empathy for People, Empathy for Things, University of Hatfield Gallery, UK

For the Birds, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, USA

British Art Show 9, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, UK


Unnatural History, Herbert Coventry

Arcadia, Bold Tendencies, London

Collected Domestic Conceptualism, Pitt Studio, Worcester

British Art Show 9, Aberdeen Art Gallery, UK

Beano: Art of Breaking the Rules, Somerset House (Curator)

To the Edge of Time, The Leuven University Library, Belgium

House Share, First Site, Colchester


Unexpected Views, lecture at National Gallery, London

What am I? Simon Munnery Retrospective, SVA, (Curator)


Fragile Earth, MIMA

Invisible, Science Gallery, Dublin

What Am I? – An Exhibition by Simon Munnery (Curator),

Hippo Campus, Newlyn Art Exchange

Dark Matter, Science Gallery. London

Cartoony, New Media Gallery, Vancouver, CA


Good Grief Charlie Brown, Somerset House, London

Natural Selection/Laws of Motion, Front International, Cleveland, USA

Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape (live), Alserkal Avenue Project Space, Dubai

Animals and Us, Turner Contemporary, Margate

Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape (live), Groundwork, Cornwall

Rinnzekete bee bee nnz err müü, Kunstverein Weisbarden (Group show)

Opposite of Time, Henry Moore Studio, Mutch Hadam (performance)

Silly Symphony, Ex-Baldessarre Bedford (Curator)

Estate of Hermione, Ex-Baldessarre, Bedford (Curator)


Natural Selection, Artangel at Former Newington Library, London

Laws of Motion, Kunsthalle Viborg, Denmark (off site in Laws Court)

World as Cartoon, Tate Britain, Performance

Future Generation Art Prize, Pinchuk Foundation, Ukraine

Future Generation Art Prize at Venice Biennale

50 Years of Milton Keynes, M!MS Dream Sequence, Milton Keynes Gallery


The Practice of Theories, Wysing Arts Centre, group exhibition

Secret Surface, K-W Berlin, group exhibition

Playing by the Rules, Royal Standard, Liverpool, group show

Pitt Projects: Music vs Ceramics, at Pulse New York, new works editions and films

TEFAF Maastricht, NL, Installation with Hidde van Seggelen, 


20 Years, Zabludowicz Collection

Lecture on Nesting, Bristol Museum with Spike Island


The Politics of Friendship Tour, tour of nine artist-run spaces around the UK with the Grubby Mitts

inc: Primary, S1 Artspace, Rhubaba, Supercollider, Karst, Aid and Abet, Grand Union, Open School East

Hey I’m Mr Poetic, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge

Anatomy of Anxieties, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong

Cacotopia / Peach Blossom Spring, Kui Yuan Gallery, China (touring)

Hello, Welcome, performance for Art Licks Weekend

On the Devolution of Culture, Rob Tufnell, London

The Proper Situation is Sublime, commission for Cambridge Hospital


Seven Short Works in Time, Hospitalfield Arts, Angus 

Lecture on Nesting, Performa 13, New York, USA

As real as walking down the street and going to the grocery store, Rowing, London 

Universal Addressability of Dumb Things, Hayward Touring curated by Mark Leckey

Liverpool Bluecoat, Nottingham Contemporary, De la Ware Pavilion

Version Control, Arnolfini, Bristol

Random Acts, film for Channel 4, commissioned by TATE Media

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, Arnolfini, Bristol (stage production) 


Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston

Soundworks, ICA London

Becoming Thing, Whitechapel, performance with Ed Adkins

Nothing Like Something Happens Anywhere, Chapter, Cardiff

Lecture on Nesting, Penzance Convention, performance with Peter Holden.

Lecture on Bird Song, House of Beasts, Attingham Park, performance.

Latitude Contemporary Art, Latitude Festival, Suffolk

Discussing Metamodernism, Gallery Tanja Wagner, Berlin

A Plea for Tenderness, Seventeen Gallery, Curated by David R Conroy

Grubby Mitts, Performance at First Site, Colchester

Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape, Hay-on-Wye festival, performance

Brief Interview’s with Hideous Men, ICA, two night production in collaboration with David Raymond Conroy

Grubby Mitts single launch, Old Queen’s Head, Islington

Human Made Things, Aspex, Portsmouth

Occupants, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston


Transcendental Empiricism, Rob Tufnell, London

Art Now Live, Tate Britain (Lecture on Birdsong)

BruderKreigSoundSystem, ICA, London, cuarted by Mark Leckey

I Promise To Love You, Kunsthalle Rotterdam

A Fire in the Master’s House is Set, Chapter, Cardiff.

Life of the Mind (Grubby Mitts performance), New Art Gallery, Walsall,(Curated by Bob and Roberta Smith)

Off the Record, Resonance 104.4Fm, curated by Royal College curating MA


Be Glad for the Song Has No End ~ a Festival of Artists Music (curator)

Props, Events and Encounters, Hub, Athens

Six Short Works in Time, Victoria University Gallery, Liverpool

Daily, Action, Poetry, (with Grubby Mitts), Hayward Gallery

Lecture on Nesting, London Festival of Architecture

The Eccentric, The Idiosyncratic and the Unpredictable, Schirman & de Beaucé, Paris

Canadian Pharmacy, Neon Parc, Melbourne, Australia

Three Short Works in Time, TATE Britain (performance with Grubby Mitts)


Lecture on Migration, performance, Transition Gallery, London

Performed, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge

Abstract, Almost Abstract 2 , Gallerie van Gelder, NL


Experimenta Folklore, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany

Poldergeist, Kunstfort Vijfhuizen, NL


The Thing in Itself, Peles Empire, curated by Mark Leckey


Collected Free Labour, Slimvolume, 2021

Natural Selection, Artangel, 2017, with essays by Helen MacDonald and Darian Leader

M!MS, Zabludowicz Publishing, 2013

Chewy Cosmos Thingy Time, Kettles Yard Catalogue

The World is Round and Mr Wriggly Makes Chewing Gum, Catalogue, NL

The Art of Not Making, Thames and Hudson, 2011

Spacecraft, Hideouts, & Fleeting Architectures II, Gestalten, 2009

Spacecraft, Hideouts, & Fleeting Architectures, Gestalten, 2007

The Object, Documents in Contemporary Art, Whitechapel Gallery,


Lenny 12″ Vinyl, ed 100, Holden

After the Fact, CD, ed 300, The Grubby Mitts

To a Friend’s House 7″, ed 500, The Grubby Mitts

Standard 7″, ed 300, The Grubby Mitts

What the World Needs Now Is, CD, ed 1000, The Grubby Mitts

Music of Exhaustion, unique 7″, ed 300, The Grubby Mitts

Towards a Unified Theory of M!MS, 12″, edition 250, Holden


Paul Hamlyn Award, 2012

Stanley Picker Fellowship, Kingston University, 2011-12

Boise Travel Award, Slade/UCL, 2008