Approved: 16.08.2006

Charles Monkhouse

Artist, Curator, Event organiser, Lecturer / academic, Project manager

Approved: 16.08.2006

I am an artist working in rural and public spaces to create permanent installations and temporary light works.

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I am an artist working in rural and public spaces to create permanent installations and temporary light works.

The permanent installations are developed with surrounding communities. So Sites of Meaning, which marked the seventeen entrances to Middleton and Smerrill, was created with local parishioners while in Companion Stones poets and artists of the Peak District paired twelve historic guide stoops of Derbyshire with contemporary sculptures.

The lightworks explore and articulate space on buildings and in landscape working with LEDs controlled by microchips, GPS and radio. Operating under the cover of dark, revealing what is hidden by the light of day, the installations create a set of visual koans that query the static gaze, and challenge the very act of seeing.

This year I have been developing Brocken Spectre with the support of an Arts Council grant. Brocken spectres are a rare but beautiful interplay between light and mist, that place an iridescent glory around the shadow of the viewer’s head. Brocken Spectre’s first public showing was at Rievaulx Abbey during Holy Week 2017. 

My work responds to and finds its meaning in its context and location. To this end, I work with local stakeholders who inform and enrich the final outcomes. Partners have included English Heritage, the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, Peak District National Park Authority, National Trust, local schools and communities, and professional artists and writers.

CV & Education

Brocken Spectre: development and testing of Brocken specter generation at Rievaulx Abbey 2017, Seven Nocturnal Rainbows for the English Lakes: lightworks on Coniston Water, Ulswater and Grasmere 2016 - Derwent Pulse: Light Flow along the River Derwent 2014 - Solo exhibitions 2011 - Seeing the Light: Brocken Spectres and Heiligenschein, BendintheRiver, Gainsborough Curated projects 2011 - With the Flow: poetry workshops for schools & communities, Sywell CP, Northamptonshire 2009 - Companion Stones, Arts in the Peak, Eastern Edges, Derbyshire Peak District 2006 - Sites of Meaning, Parish of Middleton & Smerrill, Derbyshire Peak District Residencies 2011 - Project Artist, Bend in the River, X Church, Gainsborough 2001 - Parsley Hay Residency, Arts in the Peak, Derbyshire Peak District Site specific 2011 - Meander, a re:place commission, Hope Valley, Derbyshire 2011 - Sywell Echo, Flow Northamptonshire, Sywell Country Park, Northamptonshire 2009 - Borderland Constellations, Borderland Voices, Staffordshire Roaches 2007 - Double Negative, FRED 2007, Coniston Water, Cumbria 2005 - Evening Glory, Old Man of Coniston, Cumbria