Charles Campbell is a Jamaican-born multidisciplinary artist, writer and curator. He has curated exhibitions in the UK, Canada and Jamaica including Anything With Nothing: Art From the Streets of Urban Jamaica at the National Gallery of Jamaica where he was Chief Curator. His work has been exhibited at the Havana Biennial, the Santo Domingo Biennial, the Cuenca Biennial, Brooklyn Museum, Alice Yard, the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Puerto Rico, the Houston Museum of African American Culture and Rideau Hall, Ottawa. He has written for numerous publications including Frieze and ARC Magazine, a Caribbean arts journal. Campbell holds an MFA from Goldsmith College and a BFA from Concordia University. He currently lives and works in Victoria BC.
- His recent work investigates the nature of time and concepts of the future using sculpture, performance and painting. He holds an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College and currently lives and works in Canada.
- MA Fine Art:
- Goldsmiths College University of London, London UK
- BFA - distinction:
- Concordia University Montreal PQ
- Actor Boy: Travels in Birdsong - The Bog, Flotilla, Charlottetown PE,
- Transporter, Open Space, Victoria,
- Transporter, Modern Fuel, Kingston,
- Transporter, Jameson Gallery, Duke University, Durham
- Actor Boy, Polychrome Fine Art, Victoria, Canada
- Perpetual Symetry, Mutual Gallery & Art Centre, Kingston, Jamaica
- Real . Beauty, Xchanges Gallery, Victoria
- Black Horse, Grosvenor Galleries, Kingston
- Standing Back, Life of Jamaica Centre, Kingston
- Recent Work, Gallery Stornaway, Montreal
Selected Performances & Public Interventions
- Song Catching - The Bog, Art In The Open, Charlottetown P.E.
Solo Performance. Actor Boy Actor Boy interrogates the memory of PEI’s early black community.
- Census, Legacy Gallery, Victoria B.C.
Solo Performance. Performance. Actor Boy interrogates DNA samples from audience members at the exhibition The Mystery of Grafton Tyler Brown: Race, Art and Landscape in 19th Century British Columbia.
- Elletson Road, O K’inadas Residency, Kelowna B.C.
Solo Performance. Actor Boy interviews (an absent) former Jamaican police officer on his role in extra-judiciary killings.
- Fractal Engagement, Kingston Jamaica
Community and participatory performance. Inverting spectator and spectacle, breaking social, racial and geographic boundaries in Kingston.
- Declaration - Maroon, Victoria B.C. & Kingston O.N.
Temporary sculptural interventions installed on signs, street furniture and public artworks. Elbows out to assert cultural space.
- Declaration - Resistance, Victoria B.C. & Kingston O.N.
Temporary sculptural interventions installed on signs, street furniture and public artworks in
South London, U.K. Isolation and the overlooked.
- Night Object, Act IV, Alice Yard, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Temporary sculptural intervention. Transporter sphere installed in various public spaces in Port of Spain. Society performs itself.
- Actor Boy, Kingston Jamaica
Unannounced public performances. Spectacular presence, mundane activities.
- Jimscreachy, Goldsmiths College, London UK
The Harder They Come. Confrontation and presence.
Selected Group Exhibitions
- Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago,Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles
- En Mas’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean, DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago & Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco
- Turning Tide,Memorial ACTe, Guadeloupe FWI
- Colonial Afterlives, Salamanca Arts Centre, Tasmania AU, & Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria AU
- En Mas’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean,CAC, New Orleans
- Offerings, Open Space, Victoria B.C.
- Otherwise Black, Biennale d’art contemporain de la Martinique, Martinique
- The boat is a floating piece of space, Houston Museum of African American Culture, Houston
- Contemporary Jamaican Art: Circa 1962/Circa 2012, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga
- National Biennial, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston
- Act 5, Alice Yard, Port of Spain
- Wrestling with the image, Art Museum of the Americas, Washington DC
- About Change, World Bank & IDB Cultural Centre, Washington DC
- Global Caraïbes, Musée International des Arts Modeste, Sète, France
- Global Caribbean, Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miami
- Décima Bienal Habana, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wilfredo Lam, Havana
- X Bienal de Cuenca, Museo de Arte Moderno, Cuenca, Ecuador
- DiasporArt, Rideaux Hall, Ottawa
- Atlantis of Caraib, Habitation Clement, Martinique
- Impulses of the Jamaican Soul, ARTA Gallery, Toronto
- Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art, Brooklyn Museum, New York
- Mastering Slavery, National Gallery of Jamaica/Institute of Jamaica, Kingston
- National Biennial Exhibition, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston