Archive for July, 2015

Open Weekend 2-4 October

28 July, 2015

We’re having an Open Weekend from 2-4 October.  Everyone is welcome to visit and get behind the scenes of artists studios, gallery exhibitions and dance rehearsals. Plus join in free workshops, talks and other events.  We’ll have hot food onsite this year too, with the guys at Sour Jerk serving up a spicy menu.  We’re looking forward to it and hope you’ll join us!

Here’s the programme of events, but please check back before the weekend to see what’s new.

Open Weekend Schedule


Photogram Workshop Saturday 8 August


Photogram image EK 2015

Artist Elisavet Kalpaxi leads a workshop for families to create photograms, unique photographs made without cameras. Participants will learn how to expose and develop prints in the darkroom and at the end of the workshop all prints can be taken home.
A photogram is an imprint of objects on a light-sensitive base (usually paper). The principle of creating direct prints using diverse processes and light sources predates the invention of photography.

The workshop is programmed in response to Nicholas Mangan’s exhibition  Ancient Lights, currently on at Chisenhale Gallery

All materials will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring transparent objects or objects with interesting outlines that could be used for your own compositions.

For children aged 4-12 Please note: children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by an adult. 12-2pm

For young people aged 15-25 who have an interest in art and want to have an engagement with arts organisations, enjoy learning about creative career opportunities, vocational workshops, networking and making new friends.

Programmed in collaboration with Chisenhale Gallery.

This event is free to attend but places are strictly limited and booking is essential. To reserve a place please visit the Eventbrite page here.


Calling all emerging artists

ITW image copy

We are currently inviting applications for Into the Wild 2015/2016

Into the Wild is a one-year professional development programme led by members of Chisenhale Studios. Now in its second year, this unique, free course aims to support and inspire emerging artists by providing practical advice on how to survive and thrive in the real world, as well as offering opportunities for making and creative development.

With talks, workshops and mentoring from successful artists and key industry professionals, participants will be able to explore their practices and better understand the diversity of ways to succeed and flourish as an artist in London.

How to: get funding, network, promote yourself, write applications, work with galleries and curators, write statements, build audiences, work collectively, earn money, stay confident, find spaces, generate opportunities and be proactive.

The programme begins with an eight-week taught course that runs every Monday 11am – 5pm from 26th October until 14th December 2015. Each day will include inspiring and informative talks by invited guest speakers and artists from Chisenhale Studios. Participants will also be matched with a relevant studio artist for individual one-to-one mentoring. The taught course will be followed by a group-residency in Chisenhale’s large ‘Studio 4’ space throughout March-May 2016 (time commitments during the residency are flexible but we expect thorough involvement). The aim of this part of the programme is to consolidate knowledge gained in the Monday sessions, by giving participants the chance to make work, share ideas and host events. During this time, two emerging curators will work with participants to plan shows and projects beyond the programme, by means of transition ‘into the wild’.

Chisenhale Art Place occupies a unique position in London’s East End art community, providing a distinctive platform for local and international artists and audiences. Founded in 1980 by artists determined to find their own premises, Chisenhale Art Place now houses three flourishing and distinct initiatives: Chisenhale Dance Space, Chisenhale Gallery and Chisenhale Studios. The studios provide affordable workspace to both established and emerging artists. Their work reflects the diversity of contemporary art practice and promotes a wider understanding of artistic practice and processes through open sharing events, projects and residencies.

The fourteen artists selected for Into the Wild will be required to participate fully, and must commit to attending all of the Monday sessions for eight weeks starting 26th October 2015.

There is no fee required to take part in Into the Wild. Participants will instead be asked to present a collaborative document of their learning, which can be shared and distributed to other artists and future participants.

Into the Wild is supported by Arts Council England and the artists at Chisenhale Studios.

Further Information

Two bursaries are available to help cover travel costs for selected artists from outside of London. Please state on your application if you would like to be considered for this.

Dates: Every Monday from 26th October through 14th December 2015. 11am-5pm. Plus participation in the shared residency that runs March through May 2016 (you are not expected to be there full time during the full three months).

Location: Chisenhale Studios at Chisenhale Art Place, 64-84 Chisenhale Rd, London E3 5QZ

Who can apply?

Artists based in England who have completed BA degree courses in the last three years, who are ambitious about developing their art careers and have not yet undertaken MA study. We will also consider artists who have undertaken an equivalent level of training/education and are at the same stage in their careers. Participants must demonstrate commitment to involvement in the full programme.


Written proposals for a place on the programme must be received by 12 noon on Friday 11th September 2015.

To submit application, or to request further information, please email:

Submission will only be accepted in the following format:

Please combine all the info required into a single pdf, clearly marked with your first and surname. We will not accept submissions that exceed 6 pages and 5MB file size.

  1. Written proposal for a place on the programme that incorporates your answers to the following three questions. One A4 page only, minimum font size 11:

1.1 Why do you want to do this course at Chisenhale Art Place?

1.2 Why is it important at this stage of your career?

1.3 Name 3 things you have done since you left college.

  1. Current CV. No more than two A4 pages giving current and relevant experience.
  1. Supporting images. Text and images from previous/current projects or illustrating your ideas for development. No more than three A4 pages, with images saved at a low resolution.

Applications are due by 12 noon Friday 11th September. Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 18th September, and will be required to complete a creative task in lieu of an interview. Successful applicants will then be notified by 25th September and must be ready to start on Monday 26th October 2015.