Professor Andrew Hunt
Professor of Fine Art and Curating
Andrew Hunt is a curator and writer based in London and Manchester, and is currently Professor of Fine Art and Curating at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Between 2016 and 2017 he founded and directed the contemporary art festival Reading International and was a Research Fellow at Kingston University during the same period.
From 2008 to 2014 he was Director of Focal Point Gallery (FPG) in Southend-on-Sea, where he was responsible for developing the organisation’s acclaimed exhibitions programme and publishing activities. Hunt oversaw FPG’s move into its new building (arch. Manalo and White, 2013), while his doctoral thesis 'Six Years in the Development of a Contemporary Art Institution: Focal Point Gallery 2008 to 2014' concentrated on strategies for the expansion of an independently-minded publicly-funded UK visual art organisation in a period of austerity after the financial crisis.
Since the early 2000s, he has worked on intimate solo exhibitions with significant international artists such as Mike Nelson, Elizabeth Price, Tris Vonna-Michell, Kai Althoff, and Marc Camille Chaimowicz as well as designers such as Fraser Muggeridge, Jonathan Barnbrook, James Langdon, Abacke, Manuel Raeder, and Sara De Bondt on projects that range from minor printed ephemera to major publications, exhibition design and new branding for art institutions. In 2012 he was a member of the Turner Prize jury.
Recent independent projects include ‘Artists Against Homelessness: Insiders and Outliers’ for St Mungo’s (2020), 'As You Change So Do I’ a series of public art commissions for Luton, UK (2016 to 2019), 'C. R. McBerny' (2018) co-organized with the artist Veit Laurent Kurz, ‘The Critic as Artist’ (2017) co-curated with Michael Bracewell, ‘co-organized with artist Mark Titchner, ‘The Green Ray’, Wilkinson Gallery, London and ‘Concerning Concrete Poetry’, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (both 2016).
He has contributed to magazines and journals such as Artforum, Art Monthly, The Burlington Magazine, Domus, frieze, Mousse Magazine, Picpus and TATE ETC., and is founding editor of the Slimvolume imprint, which to date has published editions and books by over 250 artists. Recent publications include JocJonJoschi: Almost One. Say Again!, Tris Vonna-Michell: No more racing in circles – just pacing within lines of a rectangle (both 2019), Jeffrey Dennis: Ringbinder (2017), Scott King: Public Art, Paul Buck: Disappearing Curtains and Cally Spooner: Scripts (all 2016).