Andrea Cotton


Manchester, United Kingdom
My work is heavily influenced by the experience of working in an institution (Her Majesty’s Prison). Incarceration breeds and encourages mundane, repetitive and obsessive behaviour and I am very interested in how the detainees adapt to make their monotonous, constrained lives more bearable. Survival techniques learned from other inmates and instinctual behaviour form the basis of this practice. Similarly my work is created from the mundane and obsessive traits of my art (drawing) (pencil strokes) as my apparently inane labels and instructions (although actually taken from existing material from the prison) are produced through painstaking and repetitive drawing.


Liverpool John Moores University

BA Fine Art

1997 - 1999 United Kingdom

Liverpool John Moores University


September 2008 - September 2010 Liverpool, United Kingdom





Group Shows

2020 - Present, The Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Library, New York, USA
2016 - Present, Bury Art Museum
2017 PS Mirabel, Mono, Manchester, 14th January – 18thFebruary
2015 DEAN CLOUGH, Halifax, 30th January – 24th April
2015 PAPER GALLERY, 31 October – 12th December
2015 LONDON ART FAIR, 21st - 25th January
2014 NEW YORK, 24th Oct - 26th Oct
2014 MANCHESTER CONTEMPORARY, 26th Sept - 28th Sept
2014 PERTH AU, Peek-a-boo Gallery, Snow In The Summer 1st–31st Aug
2014 Barnaby Festival, Macclesfield - 14 -29 June
2014 Bury Art Museum, Text Festival, 3rd May–9th July (The Language of Lists)
2014 Affordable Art Fair, London, 14th March- 16th March
2014 Supermarket, Stockholm, 14th-16th February

2013 Sluice Art Fair, London, 19th & 20th October
2013 The Manchester Contemporary, 27th – 29th Sep
2013 PAPER Manchester, 4th May – 15th June

2012 The Manchester Contemporary, 27th – 30th Sept
2012 PAPER Gallery Manchester, 1st Sep – 29th Sept

2011 Nexus, Manchester, 12th May - 12th July
2011 Parallax AF, Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall, London 30th June - 3rd July
2011 Temporary Art Show 3, Wakefield 25th May

2010 Liverpool Biennial Sep 18th – 28th Nov
2010 Haiti Art Auction, Cube, Manchester 30th March

2009 Salford Gallery 16th May - 9th August
2009 Vernissage Gallery Osijek July 28th

2008 New Greenham Arts Newbury 21st Oct - 5th Dec
2008 Contemporary Urban Centre, Liverpool, 3rd-18th July
2008 Oriel Davies, Powys, June 14th-2nd August
2008 Oriel Mostyn 6 & 7, 18th April - 8th May

2007 Lonely this Christmas, The Old Cinema Lancaster
2006 ‘Wireless’ Liverpool
2004 The Lowry Project Space, Salford

Solo Shows

2012 Kirby Art Gallery 16th April - 8th July

2009 Oldham Gallery 17th January- 7th February

2008 The Drawing Room, Didsbury 1st June - 29th June