Alan Hathaway

Newcastle & Gateshead

Alan Hathaway uses installation, film, drawing and print to re-present cultural fragments drawn from the recent histories of modernist abstraction, punk, post-punk and electronic music.

He is interested in how abstraction (as both a material and a social process) has been utilised across radical visual art practices and experimental pop in order to affect cultural change. Through a forensic exploration of appropriated matter his work examines how our cultural memories are forged by particular material abstractions of both sound and image: monochrome colour, surface, light, feedback, ambience, analogue wave, CRT screens, halftone printing.

He has exhibited widely nationally and internationally (Copenhagen, Sydney, Melbourne, Ukraine, Glasgow, London) and since 2014 has worked with numerous artist-led spaces in the North East of England. His work is held in the British Museum’s drawing and print archive and was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize. He has been artist in residence at mima and received awards from DCMS Cultural Recovery Fund, ACE DYCP, Creative UK, and The North East Artist’s Fund in partnership with BALTIC Gateshead.

Bank Studios (UNIT) 14 Bedford Way Beacon Centre North Shields NE29 6RX


Solo Exhibitions

2022 Forever and Just for One Day, A-M-G5 (Andrew Mummery), 20 Albert Road, Glasgow

2019 No Dark Things, Platform A, Middlesbrough

Group Exhibitions

2023 Edinburgh Fruitmarket (A-M-G5)

2021 Infrastructure (MAW21) with Gordon Matta-Clark

2014 Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London.

2005 Ours, The Centre for Drawing, London

Funded Residencies

2021 The Auxiliary,(ACE DMCS Cultural Recovery Fund)

2015 mima, (Arts Council England)

2010 Artist in Residence (Printmaking), Northumbria University,(ACE)

Public Collections

British Museum


2022 Forever and Just for One Day (Published by A-M-G5)

2014 Jerwood Drawing Prize, Catalogue

Research/Professional Practice

2023 Joint establishment of UNIT studios in North Tyneside

2018 – 20 Visiting Lecturer, BA Fine Art and Illustration, York St John University

2019 Visiting Artist, Professional Practice, Northern School of Fine Art

2016 Visiting Speaker, Drop City and Arte Útil, mima, public lecture series

2014 – 16 Visiting Artist, Drawing into Print, BA and MA Fine Art/Future Design, Teesside University

2011 Visiting Artist, Experimental Drawing, BA Fine Art, Northumbria University


MA Drawing, Wimbledon School of Art, London

BA(hons) Fine Art Painting, Leeds Metropolitan University

PGCE (16+) Institute of Education, University of London

Skills & Experience

  • Project management
  • Technique tuition: painting
  • Visiting lecturer (HE)
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