Prof Andrew Hewitt

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Andrew Hewitt, together with long-term collaborator Mel Jordan, recently formed the Partisan Social Club, a provisional art group including artists, designers and researchers. Recent projects include, Talk to the Land, 2022, SIRIUS, Ireland; Social Montage, 2019, Edinburgh Printmakers; After Thompson, 2019, Coventry Biennial; On Being Together, 2018, Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall.

Previously as the Freee art collective, Hewitt with Jordan and Dave Beech exhibited widely, most notably at the 13th Istanbul Biennale 2013, BAK Utrecht 2010, and the Liverpool Biennial 2010. Hewitt’s work has been commissioned by various art organisations including; Wysing Arts, UK; Milton Keynes Gallery, UK; AUB Art Gallery, Beirut, Lebannon; TANAS, Berlin, Germany; and Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst Berlin, Germany.

He has been invited to speak at a number of institutions; Doreen Massey Annual Day Event Environmental engagement and the politics of creative practice, 2019, Spatial Practices in Art and ArChitecture for an Empathetic Society (SPACES)’, 2018, Lund University, Sweden, Beyond Art Activism: Rewriting Arts Neoliberal Value System, 2016 IMMA, Dublin.

Hewitt has received a number of Arts Council Awards most notably a large-scale award for their project entitled Futurology in 2005 (£98,000) as well as grants from other funding bodies. He has recently been awarded a Horizon RISE 2020 grant for the project Spatial Practices in Art and ArChitecture for Empathetic Exchange; SPACEX (2022-2025), which is an interdisciplinary research project that includes, Contemporary Art, Visual Communication, Curation, Visual Culture, Economics, Cultural Sociology, Urban Studies and Architecture. It is the first pan-European study of social and participatory art, design and architecture projects in urban space with 29 partners across 10 European countries including the Van Abbemuseum and the Coventry Biennale.

Current projects include ‘How to Practice Culture-led Re-Commoning of Cities’, with Gary Hall, 2022. Hewitt is currently Co-I on an AHRC funded project (City, University of London and UON) entitled, ‘Building a Well Communities Research Consortium to address health inequalities across Integrated Care Systems’. Hewitt with Partisan Social Club and designer Michael Wright are using their ‘Mapping Kiosk’ with participants in two disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Northamptonshire to discuss the challenges facing residents, to share information on their cultural assets and to identify what is needed going forward.

Hewitt is Co-Leader for the UON Art & Design Research Centre


Adam Ghani; Fine Art

Contemporary Art and the Liminal Space: Refuge for the Divine in an Empirical World?


Roy Wallace; Journalism and Media

From documenting subcultures to academic video essay: a critical exploration of historical and contemporary documentary debates.


Wang Ka Wang; Fine Art

An Autoethnographic Enquiry of Self-Documentary Practices Based On My Personal Family Experiences.


Richard Whitehead, Photography

The photographic archive and reprsentations of Northamptons shoe industry workers


Corrine Gretton-West, Photography

The contribution of place to exceptional human experiences through photographic art


External Roles

Project Co-ordinator, Spatial Practices in Art and Architecture for Empathetic Exchange (SPACEX), MSCA Horizon 2020, European Funding for Research and Innovation

Artist in the Partisan Social Club

Founding Editor Art & the Public Sphere Journal

Trustee, NN Contemporary Art,




Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


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