Associate Lecturer

Tabatha Andrews makes sculpture and installation that visualises memory and the energy of sound, exploring how we communicate. She often works collaboratively with composers, scientists or community groups, creating immersive experiences that heighten sensory awareness.

Among Remote Lost Objects
(2015) was an exploration of vocal resonance and matter, involving a sound-deadening chamber made of recycled wool felt, blind opera singer Victoria Oruwari and composer John Matthias. The Dispensary, a ‘haptic cabinet of curiosities’ containing tactile and sonic objects, was created for dementia patients at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital with the woodturners of Devon and Cornwall (2016). This work explored craft, play, memory loss and language acquisition, winning the Better Build for Healthcare Award in 2017.

Her most recent projects have investigated listening and the generation of sculptural ‘scores’. In 2019, she collaborated with composer Charlotte Harding on Antiphon, a live vocal work exploring call and response and the inner ear for the stairwell of Science Gallery London. Stillpoint (2019), a performance for one blindfold person at a time, was made with neurobiologist Andrea Streit and choreographer Katrina Brown. A syntax of ‘sound objects’ were sculpted in an uncertain space, exploring where ‘the eye of the ear’ lies.

Andrews studied at Glasgow School of Art, Slade School of Art and the Skowhegan School of Art, Maine. She was Artist in Residence at Gloucester Cathedral in 2002-3, making works with the cathedral community, and has completed commissions for the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust, the Whipple Museum of Science in Cambridge, the Monument to the Fire of London, Plymouth Art Weekender and many other venues. She is included in the book '50 Women Sculptors' published by Aurora Metro Press (2020). 

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Contact details



Year Qualification Awarding body
2001 MFA Sculpture The Slade School of Art
1995 BA (Hons) Fine Art (Drawing and Painting) Glasgow School of Art
1991 MA (Hons) Art History Edinburgh University

Honors and awards

Year Description

Innovation Award, Kings College London Culture Institute (for project on Communication and Listening with the Streit Lab)


Building Better Healthcare Award (Collaborative Projects)


First@108 Public Art Award to make sculptures for the Alzheimers and Dementia Wards of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital (funded by Royal Society of Sculptors and CW+)


Arts Council Award to fund 'Among Remote Lost Objects' project


Arts Council Award to fund a years activity and produce 'Blackout', a solo show for Plymouth Art Centre


Plymouth City Council Visual Arts Award


Skowhegan School of Art Residency- full award


Dolby Scholarship, Slade School of Art, to research sound and silence and visit Donald Judd's studio in Texas


Friends of Glasgow School of Art Travel Scholarship to visit James Turrell and study light, Taliesin West and the desert (also funded by Peter Palumbo)

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

  • Language acquisition through play 
  • Matter and Memory
  • Sensory perception and synaesthesia
  • Communication: Hearing and listening
  • Projection: light as metaphor and material
  • Drawing and sound
  • The voice


Areas of teaching

  • collaborative practices
  • drawing and sound work
  • drawing into sculpture
  • interventions into the science curriculum
  • sculpture into performance
  • Workshop practice

Courses taught

  • Drawing BA(Hons)
  • Fine Art BA(Hons)