Andrew Hughes

Leading Visual Artist & Photographer Who Focusses On Sustainability & Environment

Andy Hughes is a British visual artist and photographer who focuses on plastic pollution, surf culture and issues around climate change and sustainability issues. His work has been featured in various broadcast and print media including the BBC, National Geographic and The Guardian Environmental and exhibited internationally. He is currently the 2019 Sustainable Earth Institute Creative Associates at the University of Plymouth. Andy Hughes MA RCA often discusses his work as an artist and activist and expresses his strong environmental and political beliefs.

In 2013 Andy came face to face with a grizzly bear on a remote beach in Alaska, it was both terrifying and sublime, a moment to treasure cemented in his mind forever. Andy was invited to Alaska as one of three international artists and seven scientists to work on the project Gyre: The Plastic Ocean, this was the worlds first unique project that explored the integration of science and art to document and interpret the issue of plastic pollution in the marine and coastal environment. Andy worked in conjunction with scientists from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration including noted author and ecologist Carl Safina.

His thirty-year odyssey looking at and making art about plastic pollution and the coastal environment began in 1989. Born in a mining community in Yorkshire his life changed dramatically after studying Fine Art and learning to surf before receiving a scholarship to the Royal College of Art, London. He was an early member of the well known Surfers Against Sewage and attended the first ever parliamentary demonstration in 1991. He is an affiliate artis with the Plastic Pollution Coalition, Los Angeles and supports other charities and NGO’s who campaign for cleaner seas and a greener are sustainable planet. He has given many talks at various conferences such as the Blue Mind Summit, Art and the Anthropocene at Trinity College, and currently a juror for the Dopper Changemaker Challenge 2019.

Andy has published a number of books including the groundbreaking Dominant Wave Theory, this book includes essays by world-leading scientists including Dr. Richard Thompson OBE, published by Booth-Clibborn Editions, London and Abrams, New York. Andy was the first Artist in Residence at Tate Gallery St. Ives, he lives and works in Cornwall, England.

To book Andrew Hughes as the sustainability speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Andrew covers the following topics:

  • Environmental Issues
  • Plastic Pollution
  • Art & Education
  • Activism
  • Art & Activism

“In Andy Hughes’ hands a discarded water bottle can have the visual impact of a Dale Chihuly glasswork. In a sense, the knowledge that these pieces have been abandoned lends them a mystique and melancholy that objects of desire could only dream of having. Andy Hughes is a singular voice showing us something uncomfortable yet sweetened by the beauty of the image. This is something most great artists aspire to and Andy is, in my view, well on the way to carving an important place for himself in the top rank of photographers.” – Sir Tim Smit KBE, Co-founder of the Eden Project, Executive Vice Chair of Eden Project Ltd and Executive Chairman of Eden Project International Ltd

“Andy Hughes has been on the beach photographing marine plastic for thirty years. His passion and knowledge of plastic and the wider issues around consumption and sustainability along with his striking images that are dauntingly beautiful ensure he is a great speaker. Andy never shies away from the awkward questions and issues. I’ve shared platforms with Andy and known him as a close friend and campaigning partner since 1991. Be prepared to be challenged…” – Chris Hines MBE Hon.D.Sc, Founding Member of Surfers Against Sewage and Former Sustainability Director of the Eden Project

Andy was brilliant in our IPA Effweek Event, he shared some perspectives on sustainability which provided a solid background information for our event.” Jing, The IPM