Edward Chell

Reader in Fine Art, Painting, UCA Canterbury

Academic, School of Fine Art | Photography and Visual Communication

Edward Chell is an artist based in London and reader in Fine Art at UCA Canterbury, working with both undergraduate and postgraduate provision, focusing on the MA and research degree students.

Initially joining Kent Institute of Art & Design (later to be part of UCA) in 1996, Edward worked in a number of visiting tutor roles before this. His first degree from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne was BA Fine Art, graduating with an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London in 1989. He received a postgraduate certificate in Higher Education from CLTAD, University of the Arts, London in 2006.

Edward Chell website

The School of Fine Art & Photography website

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Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy:

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2006)
  • Artist Member of the Contemporary Art Society
  • Member of the Wallpaper Society.  

Awards, Grants and Commissions:

  • 2015 Shortlisted for Public Commission by Modus Operandi for West London Development in Paddington Basin. 
  • 2013 Eclipse. A solo exhibition/installation at the Beaney Museum, Canterbury, 2013. An accompanying Artists’ Book published by Stour Valley Arts, Kent and jointly supported by AHRC and Arts Council England.
  • 2013 Edward received major Arts Council England funding (2013) for his exhibition and accompanying publication Bloom (published by Stour Valley Arts) held at the Beaney Museum in Canterbury between June and September 2013.
  • 2012- 2013 Edward received an Arts & Humanities Research Council Fellowship in 2012- 2013 for the research project Soft Estate that investigated the artificial landscapes and delicate ecosystems surrounding our road networks and their relationship to eighteenth century English landscape design culminating with an exhibition at Bluecoat Liverpool (2013) and Spacex, Exeter (2014)
  • 2010 Edward received an Arts Council England grant to support the permanent installation of Ten Steps to Heaven at Swedenborg House, London in 2010. This was part of the project Fourteen Artists’ Interventions. Swedenborg Society, London. Commission for the piece Ten Steps to Heaven.  2009
  • 2009 Acer to Quercus. Commissioned by Stour Valley Arts, 2009


Edward recently curated the exhibition Artificia at the Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury in 2016 that included an international line up of artists: Sean Dawson; Chihiro Yoshikura (Kurara); Alicia Paz and Yu-Chen Wang.

Research Outputs

Key outputs on UCARO:

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