George Charman

Diploma in Art and Contemporary Crafts Year 2 Lead Tutor
Visiting tutor on the Gradate Diploma and MFA Fine Art (West Dean College of Arts and Conservation)

George Charman is an artist and lecturer based in London. He studied MA Printmaking at the Royal College of Art (2006-08), BA Sculpture at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design (2002-05) and is currently undertaking a PhD (Fragments and Formworks: Architectural Possibilities for Edward James’ Archive), at Kingston University in the School of Art: Contemporary Art Research Centre.

As well as teaching into the DACC, GD and MFA programmes at the College, George is also a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art and 3D Design at University for the Creative Arts and has been a visiting lecturer at Anglia Ruskin, London Metropolitan University, University of Nottingham and University of East London.

Charman's practice-led research focuses on embodied social knowledge, exploring connections between dialogic social experiences and physical sensation in modes of creative production/fabrication. His sculptural practice investigates questions of site-specificity, acts of interpretation, and collaborative making.

Research interests

  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Intersection between art and architecture
  • Archives
  • Collaborative practice 
  • Pedagogy

George’s current research focuses on the Edward James archives at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation as a stimulus for dialogic exchange and collaborative making between contemporary art and architecture. Practice-based research investigates the architectural and pedagogic possibilities of the archive, interdisciplinary exchange, and how disciplinarity is articulated through the ‘trading of practices’ between art and architecture. Through sculptural intervention and broadcasting this research considers how integrated critical uses of historical, geographical facts, cultural memory and archival material, navigated through a postcolonial lens, creates new critical pathways into archive material through public encounters and participatory engagement with site-responsive sculpture.

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