Andy Hardman

Andy Hardman


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Andy is a lecturer in cultural and creative industries (part-time) in the Institute for Cultural Practice. He has a PhD in art history and visual studies from the University of Manchester (2014) for which his doctoral research considered the relationship between artist mythologies and the preservation and exhibition of studio spaces.


Andy teaches across MA courses in Art Gallery and Museum Studies; Arts Management, Policy and Practice; Heritage studies; and Cultural and Creative Industries (from 2023).

SALC60011 Arts Management Principles and Practice

SALC61061 Managing Collections and Exhibitions

SALC60802/60882 Curating Art

SALC70300 Placement

Research interests

Current interests include creative research practices; professional approaches to engagement and collaboration; and the uses of filmmaking in museum and heritage practice.

Other research

Away from the University, Andy runs a film production company, Belle Vue, with fellow academic, Dr. Sophie Everest. This film work has two strands: the uses of filmmaking as a research tool for museums and heritage; and the production of audio-visual content for exhibitions and engagement with local, national and international museum and heritage partners.


Recent and current film research projects include a longitudinal film-based study of Platt Hall’s reimagining as a constituent-led museum for Manchester Art Gallery; an ongoing exploration of film’s uses for collaborative exhibition-making for National Museums Liverpool’s World Cultures galleries; and a film project exploring histories of disability at National Trust properties, Everywhere and Nowhere (2023).


Andy also produces digital content and curates film archive for major art exhibitions nationally and internationally; most recently, content for The Barbican Gallery’s exhibition programme, including Lee Krasner (2018); Jean Dubuffet (2020); Claudia Andujar (2021); Isamu Noguchi (2021); Soheila Sokhanvari (2022); Carolee Schneemann (2022) and Carrie Mae Weems (2023).

Further information

Andy is the academic supervisor on an ongoing KTP project (until 2024) with Port Sunlight Village Trust. The Sunlighters Project (funded by Innovate UK) aims to assist the organisation in developing new ways of thinking and working with its visitors and residents in a joint exploration of Port Sunlight’s colonial histories.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 1 Aug 2014

External positions

Company director, Belle Vue Productions

16 Jan 2013 → …

Areas of expertise

  • AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
  • Curating
  • Critical heritage
  • Museum studies
  • NX Arts in general
  • Creative methods
  • Critical theory
  • Visual analysis
  • Film practice
  • Art theory

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Creative Manchester
  • Digital Futures


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