Archive for February, 2016

Callout: Pete Lloyd Lewis Studio Award

29 February, 2016  |  Public Programme, Residencies + Studio4

We are currently seeking applications for the Pete Lloyd Lewis Studio Award, which offers a free studio to one artist for one year from 1st June 2016.  The Award commemorates the work and life of Pete Lloyd Lewis, an artist and founding member of Chisenhale Art Place which encompasses Chisenhale Studios. Now in its third year, the award is open to applications from 2015 and 2016 Fine Art MA/MFA graduates.

Pete’s practice was playful, experimental and open to diverse influences and media, from text, glitter and celebrity photojournalism, to sculptural installation, video and print. He was preoccupied with the boundaries between the artificial and the real, often amplifying the synthetic qualities of materials and forms by contextualising them in relation to nature. Pete’s exhibitions were daring and genre-defying: a series of paintings worn as clothes, a performance space for the homeless, and ‘Sneeze’ a video comprising snippets of 80 second footage by 80 artists. He used collaboration and curating as methods of investigating the expanded possibilities of image-making in dialogue with different communities.

The successful application should demonstrate how aspects of the applicant’s own practice could make connections with, or respond to, the themes and ideas that shaped Pete’s work.

Chisenhale Art Place is an arts education charity and all studio artists are expected to contribute to its public benefit. With 40 studios, it is an active space with regular artist run events, workshops and open studios. The recipient of the Pete Lloyd Lewis Award would also be expected to contribute, through occasional public facing activities.

The studio itself is:

  • 520 sq ft.
  • 1st floor, with no lift access.
  • South-facing
  • No central heating

 How to Apply:

Please send us a single PDF containing your answers to the four questions below with three images of your recent works and a current CV. The file size should not exceed 5MB and the file name must include your own name. Please email applications to

  1. Describe your practice with reference to recent works (max 350 words)
  2. How does your practice relate to some of the themes and processes that Pete valued? (max 250 words).
  3. Why do you need a free studio for a year and how would you make the most of this opportunity to develop your practice? (max 300 words).
  4. How might you contribute to Chisenhale Studios’ public-facing programme? (max 200 words)Pete Lloyd Lewis Cry

Deadline for applications is 12 noon, Monday 21st March 2016.

A shortlist of applicants will be made, with interviews held 11th April (tbc). As accommodation and travel is not part of the award, applicants should already be settled in London.

More information on Chisenhale Studios can be found on our website


Into the Wild Residency: Studio4

ITW image copy

Into the Wild participants (2015-16) are undertaking a three month group residency in Studio4. During March, April and May, the 14 artists will develop collaborative and independent work, test ideas and share processes through public events. They will additionally receive mentoring, curatorial and practical support to develop new opportunities to present work and reach new audiences. We are fortunate to have two emerging curators joining the team: Bar Yerushalmi and Emma Warburton.  Prior to this residency, participants attended an 8-week taught course (1 full day per week) covering practical subjects such as audience development, fundraising and ways of working.

Into the Wild is a free professional development programme for 14 selected recent BA graduates, designed and taught by Chisenhale Studio artists alongside a team of successful visiting artists and curators. Now in its second year, the course aims to offer support and inspiration to artists in the early stages of their career and in need of practical advice on how to survive and thrive beyond art school. The course has had an empowering effect on its participants’ confidence and practice. Since joining the programme, Into the Wild artists have been prolific in their achievements; from winning major awards and scholarships, to taking part in international exhibitions and residencies. Many have founded galleries and collectives, several have been awarded places at top postgraduate universities and one is even starring as the leading character in an Indian zombie movie!

Into the Wild Artists 2015-16:
Arzu Altin, Leena Chauhan, Jennifer Farrow Moore, John Fletcher,Tom James, Mark Lewis, Karanjit Panesar, Jack Otway, Sarah Roberts, Rebecca Sangster, Nikita Shergill, Gabriella Sonabend, Dickie Webb and Tascha Young

Guest Speakers:
Judith Carlton (CGP), Vanessa Carlos (Carlos|Ishikawa), Michaela Crimmin (Culture+Conflict), Doug Fishbone (Artist), Justin Hammond (Curator, Art Catlin), Belinda Holden (Futurecity), Dunya Kalantery (Independent Curator, The Function Room), Charlie Levine (Independent Curator, Sluice Art Fair), Sally O’Reilly (Artist & Writer), and Nikki Tomlinson (Artsadmin)

Speakers from Chisenhale Studios:
Shezad Dawood, Rebecca Glover, Ingrid Kerma, Kate Hardy, Tim Knowles, Richard Layzell, Nadine Mahoney, Zoe Mendelson, Alicia Paz and Sarah Kate Wilson.

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


WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH at Chisenhale Art Place – Saturday 19 March 2pm-3.30pm FREE


Alina 2

Unfolding and Fulfilling our Creativity: A Woman’s Experience

Saturday 19 March 2pm-3.30pm FREE

Alina Kisina will share her experience as a photographic artist, how she develops ideas, the organic nature of her approach to making work and her enthusiasm for the medium of photography – the way it enables us to see and explore the world from new perspectives. These topics will be discussed with the audience in the context of how women relate to their creativity, explore their own artistic expression and cultural self confidence.

Date:Saturday 19 March 2pm-3.30pm

FREE but please book your place in advance through

Venue: 64-84 Chisenhale Road E3 5QZ          Bethnal Green/Bow tube

For more details contact


London Children’s Book Swap – Saturday 13th February 2016

Book Swap image

Are you hungry for stories? Looking for a new adventure?

   Swap your old children’s books and take home some new ones!

Saturday 13th February 2016

12.30pm -2.30pm


All ages


Chisenhale Art Place will be participating in the fifth annual London Children’s Book Swap, which will take place in over fifty different family friendly arts and cultural venues located across London. Everyone is welcome, so start gathering your old books to bring along!


You are also welcome to take part in the Creative Saturdays that take place every Saturday at Chisenhale Art Place. Fun family arts sessions run from 10.30 am-12.30 at Chisenahle Studios.

Or, if you want to get the kids moving, try Chisenhale Dance Space’s energetic children’s classes. Times are between 10.00-1.00pm


Further details from or phone 020 8981 1916 or on our websites: (for art workshops) (for creative dance)