Andrew McNiven was born in Edinburgh in 1963 and studied fine art at Goldsmiths College in London, graduating in 1987, a contemporary of many of the artists who rose to international prominence during the 1990s. He received his MA from Goldsmiths in 1995. Since 1990 his work has been shown by, amongst others: Riverside Studios, the Lisson Gallery, the Whitechapel Gallery, BANK, the Akademie der Kunst, Berlin and the Neue Galerie, Dachau. In 2002 he completed 'Witten Apparatus', a permanent architectural installation in the town hall of Witten in the Ruhr region of Germany. Parallel to this he was for many years a gallery manager and exhibition designer for a number of galleries in London including the Lisson Gallery, the Architectural Association and Camden Arts Centre. He has supervised, made and installed work for many artists for both galleries and public spaces. He has even (temporarily) installed work by Donald Judd. He was a lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art until 2004 and completed an AHRC-funded, practice-led PhD at Northumbria University in 2010. He is currently a visiting lecturer within the Department of Communication and Cultural Management at Zeppelin Universität in Friedrichshafen.