Andrew McDonald

Email: andjmcd@gmail.com

Website: andrewmcdonald20.wordpress.com




Originally from New Zealand, I have been living, studying and working in London since 1986. In 1998 I completed my MA at the Royal College of Art. While studying I also performed as a live artist in the UK and internationally with an experimental music group and then with a seven-piece performance/music group.

The central concerns in my work are the nature of identity, transformation and the viewers’ experience of art. I realise my work through a diverse spectrum of production that spans painting, performance, object making, ceramics, costume and sound. I have also lectured in performance art at City and Islington College (2013).



2012-13 The Institute of Education (London). PGCE in Art and Design

1996-8: Royal College of Art. MA in Design

1994-5: London College of Fashion. BTEC HND

1969-86: School (Bream Bay College) and university (Auckland University) in
New Zealand



 Exhibitions and Performances

 2017 December (Upcoming)

‘The Medium and The Message’

Arthouse 1 Gallery, London

The Magma Group Show and Outreach workshops


2017 August

Summer Salon 2017

Lubomirov/Angus Hughes, London

Selected and curated by Lubomirov/ Angus Hughes


2017 June-August


TM Lighting, London

The Magma Group Show


2017 April-May

The Vivian Gallery, Matakana, Auckland, New Zealand

‘The Northerner’

Group show curated by Gregory O’Brien


2016 March

‘Magma Unseen’

At Montage Gallery, London

Painting and live performance of Horsebirdog


2015 June

National Open Art Prize

Work selected for exhibition at the Royal College of Art



Espacio Gallery, London

The Magma Group Show

Painting and Live Art performance of ‘Show and Tell’


2014 August

National Open Art Prize

Two works shortlisted


2014 June

Group show

The Chocolate Factory N16, London

Painting and presentation of site specific performance development: ‘An Introduction to Touching Paintings 2’


2013 December

Group show.
The Chocolate Factory N16, London
Exhibited large-scale works on paper.


2013 June Group Show
The Chocolate Factory N16, London
Work shown as part of a group show.


2012 Discerning Eye Exhibition

Work selected and exhibited at The Mall Galleries, London


2012 Threadneedle Prize Exhibition

Work selected and exhibited at The Mall Galleries, London


2011 November

Vienna, two-week residency to develop new work stemming from the performance “Who’s Looking”.


2011 June–August

Solo show
Tina We Salute You, Dalston, London


2011 30 June

Solo show
Tina We Salute You, Dalston, London
Performance of ‘Who’s Looking?’ at the opening of solo show.


2011 June

The Chocolate Factory N16
Performance and exhibition as part of group show.


2010 November

Group show
Art and Culture Festival Hay-on-Wye


2010 May

Tate Modern
Group show by the Museum of Everything, ‘No Soul For Sale’

Three paintings exhibited in the show


2008 October-November

Novas Gallery, Camden, London
Paintings exhibited
Performance premiere of ‘High Heels’.


2006 July

Chocolate Factory N16, London

Performance premiere of ‘As if in a dance, as if in a dream’.



The Chocolate Factory N16, London.

Paintings exhibited at twice-yearly open studios.


2004 November

Blumberg Gallery, Vienna
Exhibition of paintings

Performance piece ‘Cone Dance’



Artist led group shows
Arch Galleries, Stoke Newington, London


2002 October

Solo show of paintings
The Cooler, Stoke Newington, London


1986- 2000 Extensive live-art performing in London, including the Hackney Empire, and internationally at venues in Sydney, Reykjavík, and Amsterdam.



2013-14: City and Islington College (London).

Visiting lecturer in performance art.