With a background in education, Andrew Stooke founded the pioneering Oliver Holt Gallery gallery. The gallery was outward facing, hosting residencies and commissioning new outcomes brokered through engagement between artists, learners and communities. The Gallery's work tested the limits of what is teachable and knowable in art. Now, working as an artist based in London and Shanghai, his research deploys multiple strategies to identify, to expose, to confront, and to challenge, the formation of structures sanctioning cruelty, oppression, and violence.

Important Exhibitions Attended

High Island Circumambulation, performance, presentation at New School, New York 2018 Pigeon, screening, Fågelbo Festival, experimental shorts, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 2018 Project Anywhere, artistic research at the outermost limits of location-specificity, Global 2018 MOSTYN Open 20, exhibition, Llandudno 2017 Impossible Bands, performance, Shanghai Power Station of Art 2017 Longtang, screening, Carnegie Hall, New York 2017 Touch and Art in the City, video and sound installations, Chi K11 Art Museum, Creator Space, MOMA and various public sites, Shanghai 2016 Architecture Haiku, poetry, archinect, Los Angeles 2016 Artists Going Nowhere, performance, Shanghai, Echo M64 2016 Suitcase Live, performance, Hu Club, Shanghai 2016 Synaesthesia Revealing, exhibition, Half an Image Gallery, Shanghai 2016 Flag, screening, BLAST!, Spazio Espositivo del Caffè Internazionale, Palermo 2016 Flag, screening, Asia Now, Paris 2015

Important Exhibitions Organized

Selected Exhibitions and residencies for The Oliver Holt Galley As Was, with Sonia Stringer Past Perfect, collaborative curatorial project with Peter Dickinson Ubergrowth: Eileen Bonner, Sarawut Chutiwongpeti, Monika Dutta, Mathew Heyward, David Kelly Fernando Velazquez Caroline de Lannoy Gallery HOLT sound series, Vito Acconci, Christina Kubisch with Fabrizio Plessi, Hugo Ball David Risk-Kennard William Cooper RWA Chloe Steele Jeremy Salisbury Heavy Dark Matter: Rachel Whiteread, Andrew Pompeoy, Hee Jin Kang , David Nash Matthew Heyward Jaimini Patel: Skirt No Place: Mark Harris. In collaboration with Plan9 and the Star and Dove, Bristol UK and Platform, Vesta, Poland Oliver Holt Annis Joslin: The Place I Never Come Back From, nominated for Becks Futures prize Helen Rousseau Outpost Gallery, Norwich (untitled) Metatron: Andrew Rumbal, Jaimini Patel, Peter Newman Claire Beale, Inside/Outside Andrew Stock Take One Picture in collaboration with National Gallery, UK Stonhenge Riverside: Brian Fay, Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Leo Duff, Simon Callery, Mark Anstee, Julia Midgley, Simon Mills, Janet Hodgeson (with Kingston Universiy, Whitworth Art Gallery and Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum) Kai-Oi Jay Yung. In collaboration with Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK The Interface. In collaboration with Big Picture, Bridport Arts Center and The Exchange) Exhibitions for Sherborne House Arts at Sherborne House The Bloomsbury Group, co-curator with Tony Bradshaw High Season. In collaboration with with Exeter University John Piper – A Versatile Artist Think Frink: Elisabeth Frink Going Modern, Being British, co-curator with Tony Bradshaw and Amanda Wallwork Get Out of the House Frink Print, Elisabeth Frink Past and Present: St Ives Artists, co-curator with Tony Bradshaw and Amanda Wallwork The Long Look: Michael Collins Evolution: Wilhemina Barns-Graham Elisabeth Frink, Works from the Archive Exhibitions for Sherborne House Arts at The Study Gallery, Poole Engaging with Archaeology, co-curator with Amanda Wallwork Exhibitions for Sherborne House Arts at Bridport Arts Centre Earthscapes, Richard Harris, Tania Kovats, Mariele Neudecker, Stephen Vaughan, Jeremy Gardiner And Kate Raggett, co-curator with Amanda Wallwork Projects with Big Picture Exploratory Laboratory, ExLab five site specific art/science residencies leading to new site specific commissioned work. Simon Clallery, Inland/Sealand, co-curator with Amanda Wallwork Project Management Colour + Chemistry, A series of five exhibitions and extended engagement programme curated by Amanda Wallwork and Sue Brown


Regular critical writing for: Art Monthly (UK) Art Asia Pacific Frieze Flash Art Galleries (Guangdong, PRC) Collector (New Zealand)

Art events as jury


Talks and lectures

Affective Documentation, New School, New York 2018 Splitting Apart in a Culture of Unity – Creativity, Linmo and Shanzhai, Alliance for International Education conference, ‘Engaging With Difference’, 2016 Artists Going Nowhere, Echo M64, shanghai 2016

Other important events and mentions

Award: Arts’ Council England, International Development Fund 2018 Award: Shanghai Art Film Federation, film criticism award 2017 Award: Project Anywhere: Art at the Outermost Limits of Location-Specificity, supported project 2018 Award: 30 BIRD, Junctures transcultural interdisciplinary performance commission: shortlisted project 2017 Residency: Crab House, Former Home of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, Aldeburgh 2017 Award: BLAST! Art in the City: awards for both media, and sound art: Shanghai September 2016 Award: Art’s Council England, with Big Picture, production and organisational development for ExLab, Art/Science Commissions for London Cultural Olympiad: Dorset 2012 Award: Grundtvig Foundation, Gallery Education School: Ljubljana 2012 Award: Arts’ Council England, Curatorial Visit, Ars Electonica: Linz 2009