Department Overview

The Art Department is a lively, popular and creative hub within Charterhouse. The study of art is a journey of exploration and our aim is to undertake projects that stretch the appreciation and understanding of the aesthetic, technical and conceptual aspects of art.

Our ‘Studio’ is a spacious purpose-built art facility which includes gallery space, ceramics, textiles, 3D room, photography dark room, IT facilities for digital photography, film and animations, and a print-making workshop.

For full details of the curriculum, please use the link below.

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Department Staff

All of our Art staff are respected artists in their own right and contribute to a friendly and dynamic teaching environment.

Mr Peter Monkman, MA – Director of Art

Mr Monkman is a distinguished artist who achieved international recognition having won the BP Portrait Award 2009. Mr Monkman joined Charterhouse in 2004 as Director of Art. He has a PGCE from John Moores University in Liverpool and a Masters Degree from the London Institute of Education. Mr Monkman is a family man who balances running a successful Art Department embarking on Pre-U, with the continuation of his own practice. He is interested in working in all aspects of  media and has extensively exhibited in the UK and abroad. Mr Monkman uses the genre of portraiture to challenge the way we look at individuals. He also likes working in film, animation and photography.

Ms Helen Pinkney, BA - Deputy Director of Art

Ms Pinkney is a practising artist who specialises in sculptural ceramics but also explores constructed paper and Van Dyke printing, amongst other mixed-media techniques. Ms Pinkney studied Ceramics at Central St. Martins, has a PGCE from Goldsmiths and has exhibited in London. She is passionate about architecture and gardening and is responsible for the visual display around Charterhouse.

Mr James Bingham, MA

Mr Bingham studied Fine Art at Falmouth College of Art and Painting at the Royal College of Art. He developed a multi-disciplinary approach, which is fuelled by the work of phenomenological thinkers alongside notions of modernism and landscape. He has exhibited throughout Europe and has work in public and private collections. Prior to studying at the Institute of Education and developing his career as a teacher and artist, Mr Bingham worked in environmental conservation as a graphic designer.

Ms Margaret Orson, BA

Ms Orson studied Fine Art at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and has a PGCE from the London Institute. Ms Orson is a passionate print maker and has more recently exhibited and explored ideas in sculpture, film and installation. She regularly exhibits in London and her work is in many collections.

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