David Henckel is a contemporary audio-visual artist, experienced in leading complex public art projects, which involve multiple partners. He works with emerging & established artists, local communities, commercial organisations and civic institutions to produce immersive installations and experiences.

He has a multi-disciplinary practice often creating work that fuses Science, politics of space, the nature of sound, community engagement and the audience as players within the work. The installation Venus in Sole Visa, brought together artists, physicists, musicians, a visiting composer, NASA and a village Community during the 2012 Transit of Venus.

In 2012 he was awarded Axis Webs MA Stars and appointed as Artist in Residence at The University of Central Lancashire, where he developed The Sun at Night – a dynamic public art installation, which allows audiences to experience a year in the life of the Sun utilising images from NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory. It was shown in Preston’s covered market in 2013 seen on the BBC’s Stargazing Live 2014 and formed the lead commission for Light Night Leeds in 2015.

He exhibited with 0point3recurring (an artistic collective) at the Bluecoat, Liverpool, as part of Portfolio North West and was one of five Lancashire-based artists commissioned by In Certain Places to develop new temporary public artwork, which was presented during the Preston Guild celebrations in September 2012.

In 2018 / 2019 David is working on a residency with the Norwegian Institute of Recorded Sound – part of the NATUR project run by Curated Place and hosted by ELEFANT in Stavanger, Norway.

He is currently exploring collaborative and experimental work in an ongoing project with Victoria Johnson as part of ‘The Window People” – who seek to uncover new relationships between cooking, eating, playing and listening.

Selected work

2018 – ‘The Window People – Soup Kitchen’

2018 – ‘The Sun at Night’ – Public art installation utilising images from NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory. Major commission by Curated Place for Spectra 2018.

2017 – ‘The Window People’

2015 – ‘The Sun at Night’ – Lead commission for Light Night 2015 Leeds.

‘The Summer Pedalling Games’ – Site specific interactive audio work for sonic bike. Bicrophonic Research Unit, London Fields, London

2014 – ‘RSVP’ – Participatory AV installation. Part of a group show curated by Jay Burrows. Edge Hill

‘Codexxx’ -Lead Art Installation at Kendal Calling Festival 2014, The Lake District.

‘Tactile Illusions vs Sonic Delusions’ – Immersive Audio-Visual Installtion, MCDC, Manchester

‘The Sun at Night’ – BBC Stargazing LiveRoyal Holloway University, London.

2013 – ‘The Sun at Night’ – The Covered Market, Preston.

‘MODZ’ – Interactive Audio-Visual Installation. Part of Portfolio NW at Bluecoat Gallery Liverpool.

2012 – ‘Golden Gum’ – Site specific, Interactive Audio Installation. Part of Digital Aesthetic3 at The Harris Museum & Art Gallery and PR1 Gallery in Preston

‘The Transit of Venus’ – A real ale to celebrate The 2012 Transit of Venus. In Certain Places commission to coincide with Preston Guild 2012

‘Venus in Sole Visa’ – Site specific installation linking the village of Much Hoole with the 2012 observations of The Transit by NASA

Current / recent practice

2014 – ongoing Director / producer – We are CodeX

2012 – 2014 Artistic Director for 0point3recurring (artistic collective)

2012 – 2014 Artist in Residence – The University of Central Lancashire’s Research and Development Office.

2011 – 2014 Editor – The Two Hats, critically engaged cultural website

2011 – 2014 Editor – The Preston Guide. A free bimonthly magazine listing cultural events in Preston.

Curatorial Work

2012 ‘Digital Aesthetic3′ – Co-curator alongside Magda Stawarska-Beavan and Tracy Hill. DA3 is a joint initiative between the Electronic & Digital Art Unit at UCLAN and the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston.

‘Art Picnic’ – Curator/facilitator for a creative networking event commissioned by North by North-West. The Pavilion Café, Avenham park, Preston.

Technician / Assistant

2014 Technician – Asian Trienniale. Construction / installation work for the CFCCA across multiple venues in Manchester.

2011 – 2014 Technician / Assistant for Lubaina Himid.

2011 Assistant to Chris Meigh-Andrews for ‘Sunbeam’. Site specific installation, Solar Tracker Array, UCLAN, Preston.

Cameraman for Charles Quick – ‘The Extinguisher’.

Researcher / archivist – Assistant to Chris Meigh-Andrews in the Electronic & Digital Art Unit, UCLAN, Preston.

Other experience and Skills

Technician // Screenprinting tutor // Facilitator for multiple partner work // Cross disciplinary practice // Audio-Visual // Graphic Design // Science and Art // Adobe Creative Suite // 3D Software packages


Axis Contemporary Art – MA Stars 2012 // Artlab Contemporary Print Fellowship Award 2012