Charles Quick

Prof. Charles Quick

Professor of Public Art Practice

School of Art, Design and Fashion

Hanover Building, HR208

+44 (0) 1772 89 3957

Subject Areas: Fine Art

Charles Quick has over 30 years experience of working as an artist/researcher and curator in the public realm. He has contributed permanent and temporary projects for cities across the United Kingdom. In 2003 he co-founded the curatorial project ’In Certain Places’ which since then has worked with regional, national and international artists to develop works for the City, which have revealed, critiqued and provoked new understandings of a place and its peoples.

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The project is a curatorial initiative formed out of a partnership between the University and the Harris Museum and Art Gallery.

In 2003 he was part of the exhibition Other Criteria, Sculpture in 20th century Britain, at the Henry Moore Institute, which also holds the complete archive of one of his permanent public projects The Navigator. Nigel Walsh's essay expanded on his work in Sculpture in 20th Century Britain, Volume II which accompanied the exhibition.

Since 2006 he has completed 3 large-scale commissions along the Northeast coast of England the most notable being Flash@Hebburn. The Art and Architecture Journal Press have subsequently published a book, which examines the project, ‘Flash@Hebburn Urban Art in the New Century.

His work is held in the collections of the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds City Art Gallery , and he has recorded his artistic life through the British Library sound archive Artist’s Lives project. He has won awards from Arts Council England, the British Council, and HEFCE. His recent projects has been written about in the Guardian, The Daily Telegraphy, Art and Architecture Journal, and the Sculpture Magazine


BA (Hons.) 1st Class, Fine Art, Leeds Polytechnic 1980


Quick, Charles (2012) In Certain Places: Curatorial Partnerships. Charles Quick, Preston.

Quick, Charles (2012) In Certain Places: Artists and cities. Charles Quick, Preston, City Centre.

Quick, Charles (2012) In Certain Places: Discussion and debate. Charles Quick, Preston, City Centre.

Quick, Charles (2012) In Certain Places: Testing the place. Charles Quick, Preston, City Centre.  

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Charles' main teaching is within the subject area of art in public places and the role that professional development can take in the practice of undergraduate and MA Fine Art students.

He contributes to the MA in Site and Archive Intervention, and currently supervises twelve students undertaking external projects. He also supervises PhD students.

External Activities

Curator and project manager for In Certain Places.




RECIPROCAL INFLUENCES, within the framework of the Curators’ Lab, Guimarães, in partnership with the Guimarães Portugal 2012 European Capital of Culture.

2012 Understanding Place Art of Destination, Mid Pennine Arts, Brockholes Visitor Village, Preston

2011 The unintentional monument The Monument and the Changing City, In Certain Places, UCLan

2011 Engaging Local communities in arts programs and building access to the arts
Protecting Local Arts and Cultural Services: Investigating the Landscape for Local

Authorities and Partners, Westminster Briefings, The House Magazine, London

2010 Independent Infrastructures 4x4 Making Places, Week 3 Land, Leeds Metropolitan University

2009 In Certain Places A Place for Creativity, National conference Rudi, Places Matter, The Lowry, Salford

2008 Context for Commissioning Spaces v Site the commissioning equation, Tatton Park

2008 The Family Project Innovation and Exploration, Urbis, Manchester

2007 In Certain Places Art and the Built Environment Symposium, Art Gene, Barrow in Furness

2006 Taking the lead The City in Transition, The 2nd Annual National Public Art Conference, Liverpool



Charles' research is concerned with the artist’s relationship to place within the context of a public art practice. He seeks to explore ways of forming new dialogues with places and associated audiences. Through the formation of partnerships and collaborations, he has developed strategies, which allow him to construct long-term relationships with communities and their infrastructures, at the same time examining different approaches to gaining an understanding of a place’s complex socio-historical construction. He uses the commissioning of public art as a research tool, which has become a rich area of investigation.

As curator of the international programme In Certain Places, he leads a research programme, which since 2003 has commissioned temporary public artworks that examine the contribution that artists can make to the development of the city; whilst also engaging in a wider debate through the dissemination of texts and presentations.

He continues to explore the notion of public art practice though projects, which articulate elements of a place through an interest in the social function and aesthetics of technology This has resulted in the completion of a number of large scale commissions and interventions including Flash@Hebburn, South Tyneside, and Colour Codes, South Marine Drive Bridlington. As well as public intervention performances that disrupt local infrastructures.

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2010-11 Commission: Colour Codes, South Marine Drive, Bridlington, Bauman/Lyons Architects.
2008-09 Commission: Flash@Hebburn, Art on the Riverside, South Tyneside MBC.
Lead Artist: Spa gardens Bridlington Bauman/Lyons Architects.
Design: Banners Flag Market Preston member of design team, Landscape Projects.
2006-07 Commission: Red Pass, Ramparts Business Park, Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough Council.
HEFEC Urban Regeneration, Engaging communities through the Arts
2004-10 Lead Artist: Working with Alfredo Jaar, Tithebarn Master Plan Design Team, BDP

Public Intervention Performances
2011 The Extinguisher, Light & Dark/Motion & Stasis: Gooden Gallery, London
2008 My Manchester, Hazard Festival: Manchester
2007 Independent Electrical Infrastructure: Prestival: Preston