Mr George Charman

Research project: Fragments and Formworks: Architectural Possibilities for Edward James's Archive


The intention of this research project is to utilise through practice, the Edward James archives at West Dean College as a stimulus for dialogic exchange and collaborative making between contemporary art and architecture. Edward James' position as a poet and patron to the Surrealists is well acknowledged. What is less known and unexplored is James' discernible artistic impact on contemporary art relating to his contributions to sculpture and experimental architecture evidenced in the archives through the speculative plans, sketches, formwork moulds, and the realised structures James produced throughout his life, specifically relating to the monumental concrete pavilions of Las Pozas in Northern Mexico. By considering the archives from the perspective of research through art practice, inherently open and social in character, this project seeks to critically consider and expand on James' artistic contribution to push key debates within contemporary art relating to site-specificity, acts of interpretation and interdisciplinary exchange. Through site-responsive sculptural intervention and live broadcasting this research will consider how interpretations of James' realised and unrealised sculptural and architectural work can contribute to contemporary art practice as platforms for communities of enquiry.

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Fragments and Formworks: Architectural Possibilities for Edward James's Archive
  • Research supervisor: Dr Bill Balaskas
  • Other research supervisor: Mr Volker Eichelmann


I am an artist and lecture based in London. I studied MA Printmaking at the Royal College of Art (2006-08) and BA Sculpture at the University for the Creative Arts (2002-05). I teach into the MFA Fine Arts programmes at West Dean College (2013-19), and am Senior Lecturer in Fine Art and 3D Design on the Foundation Degree at University for the Creative Arts (2010-19). I have also been visiting lecturer at Anglia Ruskin, London Metropolitan University, University of Nottingham and University of East London. My practice-led research focuses on embodied social knowledge, exploring connections between dialogic social experiences and physical sensation in modes of creative production/fabrication. My sculptural practice investigates questions of site-specificity, acts of interpretation, and collaborative making. 

Areas of research interest

  • Archives
  • Collaborative sculptural practice
  • Live broadcasting
  • Embodied social knowledge
  • Situated knowledge
  • Casting as an indexical trace
  • Communities of enquiry
  • Across disciplinary practice
  • Printed matter and publications
  • pedagogic models of practice


  • PGCE: Creative Arts Education
  • MA Fine Art Printmaking: Royal College of Art
  • BA Fine Art Sculpture: University for the Creative Arts

Funding or awards received

  • Fee Waiver Studentship Award: Kingston University, School of Art and Architecture
  • Arts Council England Grant: Trackingshot 1 Desert Sessions (2017)
  • Gerald Moore Artist in Residence Award (2015-17)
  • Arts Council England Grant: Tools For The Future (2017)
  • Arts Council England International Development Grant (2015)
  • Mark Tanner Sculpture Award (short-listed, 2015)
  • Arts Council England Grant: Artichoke House (2014)
  • Arts Council England Grant: Once Again and Always New (2012)


2017: Trackingshot 1. Desert Sessions, in association with: Focal Point Gallery (ISBN: 978-0-9930231-3-2)

2016:  Edward James in Mexico: West Dean College UK

2015:  Blind Spot: The Foundry Gallery UK

2014:  Time To Hit The Road: Leila Heller Gallery USA

2014: Artichoke House: West Dean College (ISBN: 978-0-9930231-0-1)

2014:  Tiny Lag: Acme Project Space UK

2013:  Wolf Notes Issue 6: Compost and Height UK

2013:  The Fire Station Project: Acme Studios UK

2010:  And Then Again: Museu De Cidade Lisboa Portugal