PhD Student Profile

Charles Williams

Charles Williams 

PhD Student

School: Creative Arts and Industries

Campus: Canterbury

Project Title

‘Did You Just Make That Up?’: an auto-ethnographic study of studio practice in the context of 20th and 21st century British Painting

Biographical Note

Charles is a practising artist and has been since leaving the Royal Academy Schools in 1992. His interest in the various media an artist uses and the approaches to form an artist might use have led him to publish two books on how to draw and paint, and the content of the work has led him into expanding into an intersubjective practice of both painting and fiction writing, which involves collaborative and solo projects.

Until it closed in 2018 he was Programme Leader of the Fine Art and Fine and Applied Art degrees, working in the Sidney Cooper Centre, where he taught painting, drawing in its many different forms, and illustration, and led the cross-faculty Drawing Edges Research Group. He co-wrote the Illustration degree programme that was validated at CCCU in 2017. Before that he worked at Canterbury College for a while, in HE, and he also worked at and ran several different private Art Education entities: he was Curator of the NEAC Drawing School for several years, for example.

Research Outline

A study of the elements of Improvisation, Narrative and Image-making in the studio practice, which employs auto-ethnographic methodologies to examine the process of development in his work, in the context of C20 and C21st British Painting. It is an attempt to interrogate the processes involved in his studio practice, situated in its particular social, educational and historical contexts; the focus is on the specific art education, in the late 1980s and early 90s and his subsequent career in the mainly London-centric art market and the question of how these different forces worked and continue to work through the studio practice, along with other aspects of his subjectivity.

It is a Practice as Research PhD, involving the development of a systematic self-reflective process, which itself both affects the studio practice and is contained in it. The values or conditions in which a sustainable studio practice is possible emerge through the examination of contexts or communities in which the practice exists, and the examination is part of the studio practice.

Teaching Experience

My areas of interest include image-making in its most plural sense: the relationship of image to text: pedagogies in Fine Art, historical and contemporary; British Art and its contexts: the Art Market and its relationship to Fine Art and Craft. I am a member of the New English Art Club and the Royal Watercolour Society.

2016 - 2018 Programme Director, Fine Art, Canterbury Christ Church University

2015 - 2018 Senior Lecturer, Fine Art, Canterbury Christ Church University (fractional)

2012 - 2015 Sessional Lecturer on the BA(Hons) Fine and Applied Art programme, Canterbury Christ Church University

2009 - 2011 Senior Lecturer, Fine Art Practice, Pathway Leader on the BA (Hons) Visual Arts programme, Canterbury College and Fda Practice, Canterbury College. (fractional)

2009 - 2014 Curator, NEAC School of Drawing.

2008 - Sessional Lecturer, Fine Art Practice, Pathway Leader on the BA (Hons) Visual Arts programme at Canterbury College.

2006 - Visiting Lecturer, in Fine Art, Canterbury Christ Church University.

1996 - 2003 Lecturer, in Fine Art, Kent Adult Education Service.

1996 - 2001 Visiting Lecturer in Fine Art, KIAD.

Research Outputs

2020: Charles Williams and selected work from other members of the British Council Fellowship to the Venice Biennale, Dahpne Oram Building, CCCU (Sponsored by the British Council) Some New World

2019: Studio Golo Brdo, Croatia. The Lost Paintings Of Herzog Dellafiore (with Daniel Devlin)

2019: Angela Flowers Gallery, West Cork, Ireland. Wash 2 (co-curated with Francesca Flowers),

2019: Espacio Gallery, London. Urban Contemporary (with Tim Hyman RA, Michael Johnson, Susanne Du Toit)

2019: British Council Fellow at the Venice Biennale

2019: Devlin, D, and Williams, C. The Lost Paintings Of Herzog Dellafiore, Spiralbound Press, London

2019: Williams, C. Talking To Louise Bourgeois ed. 2, Spiralbound Press, London

2019: Solo Exhibition Studio 1.1, London. The Death Of Joe Skipping Paintings and works on paper

2018: Susak, Croatia. Susak Expo

2018: Williams, C Susak/Susak, Susak Press, London ISBN 978-1-9056591-5-9

2017: Painting (Now). Competitive entry exhibition at Studio One Gallery, Wandsworth, London. Survey of contemporary practice

2017: Talking To Louise Bourgeois published by Spiralbound Press

2016: iJADE/NSEAD Conference in Chester on Drawing. 'Transformed Through Drawing: undergraduate drawing studies in a pluralist Fine Art context'

2016: Solo Exhibition Studio 1.1, London. Louise Bourgeois & other stories Paintings and works on paper

2016: Localism And Legacy. Group exhibition at Fleur de Lys Gallery, Faversham, Kent. Work responding to the WW1 archive of the Faversham Society


Supervisory Team

  • Dr Tim Long
  • Dr Jonathan Barnes
  • Professor Shane Blackman

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