Archive for May, 2017

Pete Lloyd Lewis Award: Recipients 2017-18

We are excited to announce that this year’s PLL Award has been offered jointly to two recent MA graduates, David Blackmore and Fritha Jenkins. Each will occupy half of Pete’s former 500 square foot studio for a year. David graduated from The Slade School of Art (UCL) in 2015 and Fritha graduated from The Ruskin School of Art (Oxford University) in 2016. It is the first time we have given the award jointly. Both artists are experimental makers with sculptural practices who will benefit immensely from use of this large, free space at a transformative time in their careers. Fritha and David each demonstrate strong connections to the processes and values that were important to Pete and each of them present exciting proposals for our public programme. In addition to their shared space, David and Fritha will have access to our ground floor studio for regular solo presentations, events and public engagement activity during their year at Chisenhale Studios.


In his statement David Blackmore says: “My practice hinges on the boundaries between order and dissent. I intend to push my studio practice further, processing new developments by interacting with visible signs of authority and ownership and exploring methods for undermining materials. My contribution to the public programme at Chisenhale Studios will include a curated a series of events to further explore the instigating factor of my practice; frustration. This will be accompanied by open studio weekends and a Rage Room where visitors will be encouraged to lash out towards inanimate objects in a controlled environment.”

And Fritha Jenkins writes: “I intend to use this award as an intense period of making, with time for consolidating and developing ideas and processes which I began to open up during my MFA course. The resulting new body of work will have outcomes across sculpture, performance and video. I’ll also be creating work in response to material from the archive of the science writer, hovercraft expert and IJNA fellow Angela Croome. I’ll be curating a public programme involving talks, performance, exhibits and screenings broadly related to themes in my research and practice. Alongside this I’ll be continuing my work engaging with elderly people and their carers; seeking out meaningful and playful collaborations.”

The award commemorates the life of Pete Lloyd Lewis who worked in Chisenhale’s Studio 3 until his death from cancer in 2013. A critical and enquiring artist and teacher, Pete was instrumental to the growth and development of Chisenhale Art Place, of which he was a founder member. Pete’s practice was playful, experimental and open to diverse influences and media. 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. The award is generously supported by Ted Sumner who was Pete’s partner, providing a studio rent-free for one year.  Previous recipients are Athena Papadopoulos, Hannah Honeywill and Seth Pimlott.


Studio4 Summer Residencies 2017

Throughout July, Jennifer Lauren Martin will be presenting Full of Loops, an interactive installation which appropriates the aesthetic and functional structure of ‘Old Time’ portrait studios with attention to the inherent problems of such places in which race and gender are usually stereotypes for an experience of fairground fun.

In August, Girolamo Marri will invite friends and neighbours to take part in a series of small scale events in and out of Studio4. These events will be based on the processes that make up a conference or a talk, such as the choice of a relevant topic, setting up an appropriate space, promoting and documenting the event, or simply being part of an audience. Although they’ll be presented as functional, no stress will be placed on efficiency or any final outcome, rather the events will be infused with ludic energy, oneiric obscurity, and unbinding ephemerality.

During September Cherelle Sappleton will offer to digitise analogue photographs belonging to women of colour from the general public. In exchange, participants will be asked to donate a copy of the resultant digital file(s) which, with their permission, will join her collection of source imagery as she develops new collage works for a project with the BBFA (Black British Female Artist) collective. The pieces completed during her time in the studio will be shown in a group exhibition with BBFA in autumn 2017.