James Chantry is an artist, researcher and socially engaged arts worker. He has exhibited internationally and is currently undertaking a PhD by practice in Fine Art at De Montfort University, Leicester. James is Arts Development Manager at Charnwood Arts, Loughborough.
His practice explores the links between the supernatural and queer identity. Utilising fragments of heritage to form a symbiotic relationship, he produces film and installation work that incorporates: drawing, animation, photography, sound recordings and found materials. In recent work the literary ghost story and mediumship are thematic frameworks, alongside specific geographic locations. In particular queering liminal wildernesses, such as fenland and the edge lands between city and countryside. His aim is to create new worlds from the past, that consider: identity politics, psychogeography, supernatural, science fiction and history, in the context of queer futurity.
His PhD thesis is titled 'Queer reproduction: Horror, landscape and myth'.