Charlie Dearnley’s interdisciplinary practice uses performance to investigate spirituality and mortality. Wielding a childhood in an Anglican vicarage as a dismantled foundation for exploration, Charlie engages in conversation with “The Archaic Revival” and “Alchemical Practice”.
Charlie graduated in 2016 from Newcastle University with a BA Hons 1st class degree in Fine Art and frequently present work throughout the UK and internationally. Charlie recently received a commission from Dance City to create ‘CHURCH’ for their Dance Edits platform in October 2016 and has also received commissions from: Embassy Gallery to create ‘Mercy oh mercy’ (for ‘Hardly Battle Rips’ at 2 Queens, Leicester, then developed with support from Breeze Creatives) and Future Everything Festival 2016/Breeze Creatives to create ‘tome. Full Order of Service’ (for BABBLE, a performance event Charlie was invited to co-curate). Charlie has also shown work as part of Glasgow International 2016 and at venues throughout the North East, including at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead.
In October 2016, Charlie performed at the International Conference for Live Coding in Hamilton, Canada, alongside Sean Cotterill, a digital artist with whom Charlie has been collaboratively exploring Human-Computer Interaction since 2014.
Charlie has worked with numerous dance companies, helping to develop works, and performing at such venues as Yorkshire Dance, The Lowry, The Place and Contact Manchester. Unconventionally trained in dance, Charlie recently attended a GAGA intensive in Tel Aviv, and embarked upon a research trip to Jerusalem.