Archive for June, 2010

Young Artists Studio (YAS)

28 June, 2010  |  Public Programme, Young People

The Young Artist’s Studio project, an after school art project for young people aged 11 to 17 years old, which was facilitated by Chisenhale artist educators Kate Hardy and Kevin Harrison, ran for five exciting and eventful years.

It took place during term time in the CAP Education Space, with some workshops being held  also at Tate Modern, and at other galleries and drawing locations. Notably, the YAS artists were the first group of young people to be invited to the London Eye, for the sole purpose of drawing views of London from it. Some of the paintings they created as a result of the experience now hang in the offices of the London Eye.

The young artists created a huge number of art works, both individually and collectively. They showed and sold them at exhibitions they organised themselves in local galleries – twice at St John’s, Bethnal Green – and in the CAP Education Space.

Bella Ayres, Jose Huiboro, Uma Mahadeva and Ella Jade were volunteers who made a valuable contribution to the project. They received experience and training, and have moved on to use what they learned in the project in their professional practice as artists running young people’s art education projects.

The YAS received funding from The Peabody Estate, The Local Network Fund, The Jack Petchey Foundation, The London Eye, Help A London Child (HALP) and the Links Foundation.

The young people involved in the YAS project continue to develop their artistic skills as young adults. We are currently putting together plans for an after school club for children of Primary School age; the young people from the YAS will be involved in facilitating this, alongside professional artists. Watch this space for further developments.

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Ecology Week at Chisenhale School

27 June, 2010  |  Public Programme, Schools

On 8th March, a group of 15 Year 6 pupils worked with the visual poet Charlotte Mew and the environmental artist Maggie Rose as part of the Ecology week at Chisenhale School.

The children explored what they found in the canal and along the canal bank, took photographs and discussed their findings together. They worked in the CAP Education Space to create poetry, scultpture and collage that expressed their views about what they’d found.

The work produced was shown in the Mile End Park Ecology Pavillion as part of a Tower Hamlets Schools Ecology exhibition.

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Visits to the Studios

25 June, 2010  |  Public Programme

Groups are welcome to come and visit the Studios. We can arrange for studio artists to give short informal talks in their studios about their work and about life as a professional artist.

We adapt the visit to suit your particular group’s needs. As Chisenhale Studios is home to forty established and emerging artists whose work reflects the extraordinary range of diversity of contemporary art practice, we are particularly equipped for providing you with a fascinating and enjoyable learning experience.
In the past, we have had visits from school groups (of all ages), community groups with a wide range of interests and from Art College students.

Recently, Jon George spoke to architecture students from Cambridge University about the history of the building. Emma Gunningham, Kate Hardy and Charlotte Mew gave talks in their studios about their work to a community group visiting from The Lightbox  in Woking.

A small fee is charged for the artist’s time. Please click here to email us for more information and if you’d like to arrange a group visit.

We regret that we have as yet no wheelchair access beyond the ground floor.


Life Drawing Classes

25 June, 2010  |  Classes

Life Drawing classes run most Saturday mornings from 10.30am to 12.30pm and are taught by professional artist and tutor, Geoff Seville, who’s also one of our studio artists. Classes are held in our Education Space and run on a drop-in basis; however places are limited to ten students per class.

The cost per class is £10 and includes paper and charcoal. A limited supply of additional materials is available to buy. Classes are suitable for beginners and more experienced artists. Call Geoff on 07891447634 to check availability and dates.

View more photos here.


The Secret Garden at Lawdale Junior School

25 June, 2010  |  Featured, Public Programme, Schools

Charlotte Mew, a visual poet and Chisenhale studio artist, worked with three classes of Year 3 children and their parents to create a stitched narrative based on the book “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

The children looked at examples of Bengali quilts to examine simple sewing techniques and to note how elaborate detail is often made up of simple shapes. Each child worked individually or with their parent drawing and then sewing visual elements of the story using simple running stitch. Once finished the pieces were laminated and framed within the existing garden trellis which told the story in a colourful and individual way and created a permanent art installation for the school.

Parents and friends of the school were invited to the grand opening on July 9th 2009, Children’s Art Day, when the English/Bengali storyteller Shamim Azad told stories inspired by the children’s work.

The Secret garden project received Shine funding.

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Painting Classes for Adults

25 June, 2010  |  Classes, Public Programme

Painting classes are held regularly on Thursday evenings  from 7pm to 9.30 pm during term times in the Education Space. Classes are run in six- week blocks and are taught by professional artist tutors.

The cost for the six week course is £90 payable in advance. You will need to bring your own materials (tutors will advise on these before the start of the course).

Tutors currently teaching the painting classes are Kate Hardy, Emma Gunningham and Joy Girvin.

Classes began with Emma Gunningham on Thursday 23rd September.

“We will explore and experiment with some different ways of making paintings, from the spontaneous and intuitive, to a more considered analytical approach involving some preliminary work.   Discussion on ideas and methods will be an integral part of the workshops and I will be showing examples from my own studio work as well as  from other artists.

The group will be small and informal affording much opportunity for individual support and advice, and is suitable for all levels of experience. The course is intended to enable students to find their own direction and participants will be encouraged to follow their own interests with subject matter (e.g. using still life, landscape, photos, abstraction).”  Emma Gunningham

There are still a few places left so it’s not too late to join! Call Emma directly on 07940563063 or to register your interest, please click here.


Family Day 6th June 2010

As part of National Family Week, two of our  studio artists, Kate Hardy and Emma Gunningham led an art workshop for local families in our Education Space.

They used recyled materials to make jewellery and made drawings and paintings of the canal and its wildlife. Grandparents came with their grandchildren, children brought their big brothers and sisters and a fun day was had by all!

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