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Charlie Birtles


I make to explore value and meaning of unsung objects to encourage others to think. My influences come from miscellanea; objects that exist in archives from past lives. I engage with everyday materials to form an honest response, making things with my own hands. my construction processes, often informed by traditional making methods, are meticulous and repetitive allowing me time to create organically.

I make both sequential pieces that are displayed as a landscape, suited to exhibition display, as well as one-off large-scale pieces for interior and exterior environments. I am fluid in my approach, meaning I adapt to project briefs and client’s needs to produce an authentic response. I have worked with a range of organisations, such as arts-sector charities as well as local authority councils.

I graduated in 2015 after studying Three-Dimensional Design at Manchester School of Art. Since then, I have exhibited in galleries and shows across the country, receiving accolades from selection panels as ‘One to Watch’. I was selected by the Crafts Council for their prestigious development programme 'Hothouse' in 2017 and I have since gone on to become part of UK Young Artists 'Cultural Leadership Programme'. I am also a member, as well as a regional co-ordinator, of the artist network Design Nation. I develop new works in my studio in Cheshire, while I continue to reside in Manchester.

You were a delight to work with. Your commitment and engagement with the project, from start to finish, was extremely helped to bring it alive!
— Liz Hawley, Director CVAN East Midlands
You were easy to work with and showed an understanding of how wider projects work.
— Michelle Bowen, Director UK Young Artists
You were brilliant at giving interviews to the press: bright, passionate, articulate and eloquent...a brilliant ambassador for the arts.
— The Media Room Creative Communications Ltd.