Charles Danby

Northumbria University is a research-rich, business focussed University in the centre of Newcastle. Northumbria’s Department of Arts includes undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across Fine Art, Performing Arts, Conservation, Visual Cultures, Animation, and Film & TV. Its BxNU MFA is a partnership programme with the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, and forms part of the BxNU Institute led by BALTIC Professor Andrea Phillips.  The BxNU MFA sits alongside Arts Foundation, Fine Art BA, MRES programmes, and a wider BALTIC 39 culture of academic-led and PhD research that includes the BxNU Institute’s public-facing Experimental Studio.


Squires Building, Sandyford Road
Newcastle Upon Tyne
United Kingdom

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I have been in post as a Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University since 2012. During that time I have led key strands of the BA programme, including as BA programme Lead (2014-18). I am revising our partnership MFA programme with Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts, part of our BxNU Institute, as MFA programme Lead (2019-). I am invested in arts pedagogy and have introduced and tested cross-cohort (BA, MFA, PHD) working spaces at Northumbria, including a practical methodologies workshop programme entitled, Project Week (2018), and projects initiated through the collective NEUSCHLOSS. I am co-director for the Northumbria-Sunderland Consortium (CDT partnership) in arts and design for PGR PhD practice-led research. I am external examiner at Falmouth School of Art for their BA Fine Art programme (2017-20). I previously held academic posts at UCL, Slade School of Art (2010-11), and Loughborough University (2007-10).

In practice, I specialise in painting through production and critical writing, in independent porous curatorial practice, I work collaboratively with the artist Rob Smith in relation to context-led site-based arts practice and material lime, and I work with the curatorial collective NEUSCHLOSS.


Recent and current projects include, Lowick Lime (2017-ongoing) [Charles Danby & Rob Smith], Limelight (2015-19) [Charles Danby & Rob Smith], Occasional Geometries, Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2017) [Group exhibition], Das Trauman, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts, Newcastle (2015) [NEUSCHLOSS], Epilogues: It Started With A Car Crash, IMT Gallery, London (2011) [Curated group exhibition], Grand National: Art From Britain, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway (2010) [Curated group exhibition].

I have written feature articles, reviews and extended commentaries on contemporary art practices for specialist arts and cultural publications including, Frieze, Art Review, C-Magazine, Flash Art, Untitled, Wonderland, AN Magazine, Aesthetica, and I-D Magazine. I was assistant editor of Miser & Now Magazine (2009-11), and editor for Tate Modern’s Tate Tanks Programme Notes (2012).