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Mr Charles Danby

Senior Lecturer in Fine Art

Department: Arts

Charles works collaboratively with artist Rob Smith, he is a member of the collective NEUSCHLOSS.


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Charles is on the board of NABROAD (Norwegian Collaborative Organisation For Contemporary Art Abroad) (2012-). He curated an exhibitions programme for choreographer Siobhan Davies at her London studios 2009-12, was editor of Tanks Programme Notes 2012 for Tate Modern, and assistant editor of Miser & Now Magazine 2009-11.

I work collaboratively with the artist Rob Smith and with the collective NEUSCHLOSS. I work across painting, photography, film, object construction, writing and curation. Underpinning my work is an interest in live event structures. I am interested in division, doubling and transformation as intellectual paradigms and drivers for the material and compositional construction of a surface, image or object. Works are informed by speculative architecture, often in relation to remote landscapes, and by tensions arising between and across material technologies - the low-fi, the digital. In working directly with land sites, the human and non human, I'm interested in distributed and connected historical, social, political and ethical narratives, most recently through excavated quarries and future islands. Works seek to unravel and reframe propoals and actions central to British Land Art activities of the 1960s/70s, understanding evolving media technologies, altered relationships to site, and new conceptions of document and archive (The Quarry, 2013 / Revisiting the Quarry 2014). 

I am working with PEAK to develop new work in 2016 and 2017.

A principal research interest is the examination of the emergence of experimental film practices from painting practices in Britain through the expanded cinema of the 1960s/70s, the (re) emergence of experiential moving image practices in the mid 2000s, and the impact and relevance that these second generation de-politicised practices have to new forms of discurisve practice and an idea of ultra-expanded cinema.

My work also explores discurisve exhibition making and curatorial practice, most readily through group contexts, where I am interested in parallel or concurrent articulations of content, leading from exhibition through channels of broadcast, live event and publishing (Epilogues: It Started With A Car Crash, 2011, Animated Environments 2011-12, Grand National - Art From Britain, 2010). I am particularly interested in questions arising through curatorial presentation that complicate relationships between artworks and the temporary environments in which they operate. My projects often explore contexts of British art practice, re-presentation, and speculative narratives.

My published writing includes feature articles, catalogue essays, and extended commentaries on a range of artists and contemporary art practices. I have worked for Tate Etc, was assistant editor for Miser & Now Magazine 2009-11 and editor of Tate's Tanks Programme Notes 2012, accompanying the Tanks: Art in Action progarmme exploring new time-based live art spaces for film, installation, performance and events.



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Charles completed his Foundation Degree at Norwich School of Art, a BA in Fine Art and Art History at Kingston University (2000), and an MFA Masters at the Slade School of Fine Art (2002).

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests


I am currently second supervising three practice-based PhD’s at Northumbria University.

I would welcome applications for doctoral supervision from individuals wishing to pursue practice-based research that is broadly but not exclusively located through event-orientated discursive painting practices. I would also welcome proposals related to radical counter curatorial practices.


Before joining Northumbria University in 2012 I taught at Richmond University, London (2011-12), the Slade School of Fine Art (2010-11), and Loughborough University (2007-10). I have been a visiting Lecturer at institutions including the Academy of Arts Helsinki, Bath SPA, Manchester MET and Wimbledon School of Art.



Key Publications

Parallel Cipher, live film work, presented at Northern Charter, Newcastle 2016

Das Trauman, event at Baltic, Newcastle 2015 (NEUSCHLOSS)

The Place of Dead Rhoades, publictaion, IMT Press, 2015 (NEUSCHLOSS) 

Revisiting the Quarry: Excavation, Legacy, Return. Approaches to the Histories and Sites of Land Art,  a symposium at Yorkshire Sculpture Park 2014

The Quarry, exhibition at IMT Gallery, London 2012

Tanks Programme Notes, edited publictaion for Tate Modern 2012

Animated Environments, a series of curated exhibitions with Guy sherwin, Steven Pippin and Graham Gussin at Siobhan Davies Studios, London, 2011-12 

Grand National - Art From Britain 2010, curated survey exhibition of British Art with accompanying publication at Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway [link to Publication]

Portfolio of Work


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