Approved: 02.07.2015

Andrew Mckeown

Artist, Maker

Approved: 02.07.2015

Andrew Mckeown has completed many large scale sculpture commissions throughout the U.K and internationally for local councils, housing developers and environmental agencies such as Groundwork U.K, Wilmott Dixon, Wing Tai Holdings and Yuill, Miller and Haslam Homes.

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    Artist Statement

    Andrew Mckeown has completed many large scale sculpture commissions throughout the U.K and internationally for local councils, housing developers and environmental agencies such as Groundwork U.K, Wilmott Dixon, Wing Tai Holdings and Yuill, Miller and Haslam Homes.

    Recurring themes within Andrew’s work are those of growth, change and renewal and these natural or organic themes are often combined with site specific historical or industrial references which can be both literal and/or metaphorical.

    An interesting example of this approach can be seen in the sculpture ‘Breaking the Mould’ which takes the form of a giant seed which has emerged from an old industrial mould. The mould is broken and no longer useful but the last cast to be made is a new natural life form. The sculptures symbolism creates a striking resonance with the former and future uses of many of the twenty one Groundwork Changing Places regeneration sites where the sculptures are located.

    Casting and mould making processes inform and influence Andrew’s work in both a practical and conceptual way and he often creates installations of multiple sculptures which are cast or fabricated in durable materials such as iron, steel, bronze and stone.

    When commissioned to design public sculpture or design Andrew carries out in depth research both on site and within the local community. Andrew connects this research with his physical and visual response to each site, its immediate location and the wider surrounding environment. Conversations with local people also spark ideas and potential avenues to explore. His aim is create artworks that combine local themes and identity with those that symbolise regeneration, growth and change. The resulting artworks can be abstract yet familiar, natural and industrial, enigmatic sculptures that are born out of an areas heritage but become symbols for the future.

    Local communities have been involved in all of Andrew’s public commissions and he has extensive experience and knowledge in this area. Andrew lives and works in the North East of England and is available for public and private commissions throughout the U.K. and internationally.


    CV & Education



    1990-1993     BA(Hons) Fine Art    Coventry University
    2011             CITB SSSTS (H & S for Site Supervisors) Certificate
    2010             CSCS Site Operative (Construction Skills Certificate Scheme)
    2010             Enhanced CRB

    Founding Director/Trustee of Platform Arts Studios and Platform A Gallery, Middlesbrough Train Station.

    Public Commissions

    2015              A63 Roundabout Sculpture, Leeds, Leeds City Council
    2015              Quenby Rd Entrance Feature, Billingham, Groundwork NE
    2014 – 2015   Hummersea Hills Artworks, Loftus, Coast & Country Housing
    2014 – 2015   Hemlington Artworks, Middlesbrough, Groundwork NE
    2014 – 2015   Chertsey Green Artworks, Middlesbrough, Groundwork NE
    2013 – 2014   Fruits’, Orchard Village, Essex, Wilmott Dixon/Circle Housing/PRP
    2013              ‘From Beneath’, Skelton Asda, Terrace Hill Ltd
    2013              ‘Journey’, Edge Hill Sculpture, Liverpool Council
    2012              ‘Blaydon Races’ Sculpture, Gateshead Council
    2012              ‘To the future’ Artwork, Stockton Council
    2011              ‘Seeds’, Helios Apts, Singapore, Wing Tai Holdings
    2009 - 2011    'Resilience', Steeplechase, Redcar, FHM/Coast & Country Housing
    2009 - 2011    ‘Dice’, Northlands Play Area, Durham County Council
    2011              'Hemlington Rocks', Hill View Park, Middlesbrough, Erimus Housing/ G-work NE
    2010              'Work', East Middlesbrough Ind Estates, Groundwork North East
    2010              'Rivets', Gateshead Riverside Park, Gatehead Council
    2009              Pannett Park, Whitby, N. Yorks, Scarborough Council
    2008 - 2009    ‘Growth’, Linthorpe Cemetery; Middlesbrough
    2007 - 2010    'Primary Growth', Epping Primary School, Epping, Essex
    2007 - 2008    'Organism', Saltburn Cliff Lift Commission, Saltburn, Cleveland.
    2004 - 2006    ‘Jewels of the Sea’, East Shore Village, Seaham, 35 large cast iron sculptures,
                         Yuill,Miller & Haslam Homes
    2004              ‘Crystallisation’ sculptures, Albert Park, Middlesbrough
    2004              ‘Standing stones’, sculptures Tollesby School, Middlesbrough
    2002 - 2003    ‘Strata’ Wall Relief Sculptures, Sure Start, Middlesbrough
    2001 - 2002    'Seed', St. Phillips Square Sculpture, Salford, Salford City Council
    2002               'FeO2', Consett Park Artworks, Consett, Derwentside Council
    2002              Riverside Park Sculptures, Chester-le-St Council
    2001 - 2002    Easterside Shops Improvement Scheme Sculpture. Groundwork Middlesbrough
    2002              'River', Glebe Park Artworks , Groundwork Middlesbrough2
    2001              'Doorway', Millenium Green Sculpture, South Bank, Middlesbrough
    1999 - 2001    'Breaking the Mould', 21 marker sculptures for 21 Changing Places,  sites
                         across  England & Wales, Groundwork UK National Office.
    2001              'Time', Central Feature Commission, Future Regeneration of Grangetown
    2000 - 2001    Public Square relief sculpture, Guisborough, Teesside
    2000 - 2001    Ayresome Gardens Sculptures, Middlesbrough Council
    2000              'Relic', Millenium Green Sculpture, Newfield, County Durham
    2000              'Remnant', Sculpture Trail sculpture, Groundwork Blackburn

    Arts Employment

    1998 –          Director of Platform Arts Studios and Gallery, Middlesbrough
    1997             Sculpture Demonstrator, Cleveland College of Art (part time) BA Fine Art
    1994 - 1995   Assistant Public Arts Officer, Cleveland Arts, Middlesbrough

    Awards and Grants

    Arts Council International Development Fund – Research Grant 2012
    Berlin Artists Research Trip – an publications 2005
    Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council – Design Award Winner 2002
    Northern Arts – Training at The Portland Sculpture Trust 2000
    Teeside Development Corporation – Individual Artists Award 1999
    Middlesbrough Council – Artists Bursary  1999
    Richard Mills Travel Award – To study Public Art in Holland 1998