b. 1958, N.Ireland
André Stitt was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1958. He studied at Ulster Polytechnic and Belfast College of Art & Design, Ulster University 1976–1980. From 1980–1999 he lived and worked in London increasingly travelling and making work internationally throughout the 80s. In 1999 he moved to Wales to take up position as Subject Leader and Senior lecturer of Time Based Art at Cardiff School of Art & Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University (UWIC). He is currently Professor of Performance & Interdisciplinary Art at Cardiff School of Art & Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University, chair of CFAR [the Centre for Fine Art Research], a fellow of the Royal Society of Art and the Higher Education Academy.
Working almost exclusively as a performance and interdisciplinary artist from 1976–2008, Stitt gained an international reputation for cutting edge, provocative and politically challenging work. A predominate theme in his artistic output is that of communities and their dissolution often relating to trauma, conflict and art as a redemptive proposition. His ‘live’ performance and installation works have been presented at major museums, galleries and sites specific throughout the world.
His exhibition work has been included in group shows at PS1, New York 2000, Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, New York 2001, Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork 2001, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast 2001, Venice Biennale 2005, Baltic Contemporary Art Centre, England 2005, The Drawing Centre, New York, 2006, Bangkok Art & Culture Centre, 2008, NRLA, Glasgow 2008 & 2009, Galerie Lehtinen, Berlin 2011, St. Paul St. Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand 2011, and Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia 2011, The National Eisteddfod of Wales 2012, John Moores Painting Prize, , Walker Gallery, Liverpool 2012, Oriel Davies Open, Newtown, Wales, 2014, Art of the Eastside, Billboard project, Eastside Arts, Belfast 2014, BEEP Painting Biennale, Swansea, 2014, New Welsh Art, gallery ten, Cardiff, 2014, Experimentica, Chapter, Cardiff 2014, Art of the Troubles, Ulster Museum, Belfast, 2014, Art of the Troubles, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, England 2015.
His recent solo exhibitions include Chapter, Cardiff 2005, Artspace, Sydney, Australia 2007, Spacex Gallery, England 2008, The Lab, New York, 2009, MCAC, Portadown, Northern Ireland 2009, GTgallery, Belfast, N. Ireland 2010, Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff 2010, ‘in the WEST’, Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen, Wales, ‘in the WEST’, Leeds College of Art Gallery 2013, ‘Dark Matter’ gallery ten, Cardiff 2014.
Stitt also has a long history of organising artist-initiated projects and collaborations; curating exhibitions, and producing large scale international performance art festivals and exchanges. In 2000 he opened trace: Installaction Artspace in Cardiff, and latterly Trace Collective (since 2008), initiating a robust programme of international time based work.