Newsletter and Summer Events and Workshops

David Blackmore: RAGE PEN, Thursday 27th July.

Joint recipient of Chisenhale Studios’ Pete Lloyd Lewis Award, David Blackmore, is converting his studio into a RAGE PEN on the last Thursday of each month until April 2018. Participants are required to bring objects (big or small) which they want to destroy in a controlled scenario to release tension, anxiety and stress. These objects could come from your personal life or working environment – essentially things that are a symbolic source of frustration, which is a starting point for much of his work. There are two slots available for each event: 7pm-8pm & 8pm-9pm. To book a place or make an inquiry email David  with the subject heading ‘I WANT TO VENT’. Personal Protection Equipment and demolition tools provided. Rage sessions will be recorded visually and the participants interviewed. A model release and personal injury disclaimer must be signed upon arrival. Image above: David Blackmore.

 

Image: Jennifer Martin.

July Summer Residency: Jennifer Martin

Throughout July, Jennifer 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. As part of this project Jennifer is hosting several events including these reading groups which you can book to attend.

Full of Loops Reading Groups:

Wednesday 19 July, 6.30–8.30pm. Participation in the Photographic Act.
As chair of this reading group, Jennifer Martin will address aspects of participation and agency in the photographic act, discussing a text from Ariella Azoulay’s The Civil Contract of Photography. Book here.

Saturday 22 July, 14.00–16.00pm. Temporality & the Anthropocene.
Sasha Litvintseva’s doctoral research (Goldsmiths University) focuses on ‘geological film making’ as a ‘visual strategy for the Anthropocene’. As chair of this reading group, Litvintseva will respond to the Full of Loops installation and thematic Western film genre in relation to her research on the Anthropocene and temporality. Book here.

 

Goldsmiths Curating MFA students events at Chisenhale Studios.

Our annual project with Goldsmiths’ curating students features four exciting event-based presentations taking place in the ground floor education studio between 24th and 29th July.

Monday 24th July 6.30-9pm: ‘Day of the Beast’ – an evolving installation by Javier Chozas, curated by Sol Polo. Javier will be creating monstrous sculptures using waste materials in the education room and on the canalside terrace, to explore the figure of the monster and its social role. All welcome, just turn up.

 

Image; Javier Chozas.

Wednesday 26th July 6.30-9pm: Liminal States is an immersive installation and performance by Rachel Cheung, curated by Alexine Rodenhuis. Rachel will create a Portal Room in the ground floor studio, a threshold between the real and virtual, reflecting on corporeal uncertainty in the face of technology. The performance will involve dancers from Chisenhale Dance Space. All welcome, just turn up.

 

Image: Rachel Cheung.

Thursday 27th July 7-9pm: Labelled, a discussion around exhibition labels/titling and subversion, curated by Aubree Penney as a precursor to the show she is curating at Enclave. Examining the way artists and project-makers are using labels as a form of interventionism, fetishizing the label and drawing attention to the relationship it has with the work – sometimes constituting the work itself. Click here to book by email.

Image: Carrington Lemons, Self Preservation 2015. Relating to ‘Labelled’ discussion event.

Saturday 29th July 3-5.30pm: Decolonising Gynaecology, a workshop led by Barcelona-based collective Gynepunk, curated by Nora Heidorn. GynePunk have developed open-source, DIY gynaecological kits for self diagnosis by those who have no access to or fear discrimination by public health services. Their activist practice aims to promote self-knowledge and learning with regard to our own bodies, to offer a counterpoint to the authority of expert opinion, and to explore patient-led methods of
diagnosis and treatment. Click here to book by email 

 

Image: Gynepunk.

 

Studio Artists News

Image above: Matt Calderwood.

Matt Calderwood is showing video in GENERATION LOSS, curated by Ed Atkins from the Julia Stoschek collection in Dusseldorf. It has just opened and is on for a year. He also has a solo show of 3 new large scale works in the foyer of 5 Howick Place, SW1P 1WG until late October and is in PLAN UNPLAN a group show at Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greenwich, which opens 14th July.

 

Image above: Kevin Dunbar.

Kevin Dunbar is in a group show at Exchange Tower Canary Wharf Momart 24 July – 4 August. 6th Floor, 2 Harbour Exchange Square, London, E14 9GE.

 

Image above: Alicia Paz (detail).

Alicia Paz is showing in the summer exhibition at the Kunstverein Roederhof, Germany. Gut 50, 38838 Römerhof. Alicia’s new website features news on several more shows she’s in currently.

 

Image above: Sam Hodge (detail).

Sam Hodge is participating in a group show ‘In Residence’ at Griffin Gallery,  Evesham St, London, W11 4AJ. July 27 – Aug 25, PV July 26 6-9pm. This exhibition is showcasing the work of artists who have been in residence at Griffin gallery, where artists are encouraged to experiment and innovate with materials.

 

and finally, Kate Hardy’s painting students from the evening course she runs in our education room are showing at Cafe East, Roman Rd until September:

 

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Arts Award Exhibition 2017- Chisenhale Primary School

17 July, 2017  |  Featured, Public Programme, Schools

For several years now the school’s programme has been led by artist Sara Heywood and run in partnership with Chisenhale Art Place. The programme aims to inspire young people to grow their arts and leadership talents: it’s creative, valuable and accessible.

An important part of the programme is the special opportunity the children have to visit working artists in their studios, this allows the children to talk directly with the artist and see their work first hand – this year they visited Chisenhale Studio artists Diana Taylor and Sam Hodge.

On the 9th of June the children were surprised by a taster session with Sam Hodges, she took materials over to the school and gave the kids a guided demonstration of a printmaking technique favored by her. Each of the children produced several prints which they proudly displayed a the exhibition.

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Studio4 Summer Residency – Jennifer Martin

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Throughout July, Jennifer 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. As part of this project Jennifer is hosting several events including these reading groups which you can book to attend.

 

Reading Groups:

 

Wednesday 19 July, 6.30–8.30pm. Participation in the Photographic Act.

As chair of this reading group, Jennifer Martin will address aspects of participation and agency in the photographic act, discussing a text from Ariella Azoulay’s The Civil Contract of Photography.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/participation-in-the-photographic-act-reading-group-tickets-35825003550

 

 

Saturday 22 July, 14.00–16.00pm. Temporality & the Anthropocene.

Sasha Litvintseva’s doctoral research (Goldsmiths University) focuses on ‘geological film making’ as a ‘visual strategy for the Anthropocene’. As chair of this reading group, Litvintseva will respond to the Full of Loops installation and thematic Western film genre in relation to her research on the Anthropocene and temporality.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/temporality-the-anthropocene-reading-group-tickets-35864071403

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Lawdale School visit Seth Pimlott

19 June, 2017  |  Public Programme, Schools

Lawdale School once again made their annual trek to Chisenhale Studios.  This time, the children and parents of the School’s ever successful Film Project came to meet artist Seth Pimlott, the 2016/17 recipient of our Pete Lloyd Lewis Studio Award.

The visit started with a look around the studio and a talk with Seth about his work, including the screening of a film he had been working on.

The group then took part in a workshop using the mapping technique, to help release their creativity. The children were asked to think of things connected to their response to moving from Primary school to Secondary School, which unleashed some amazing drawings about their fears and hopes.

The Lawdale Film Project introduces children to the world of film making, providing them with the opportunity to make  decisions about the process at every level. Participating children explore every required skill – from script writing to story boarding –  and experience every crew role, from director and camera person to clapper board. They also get to do all the acting. The project has been running for the past 5 years and is led by film artist Lisa Nash and supported both by Lawdale School and Chisenhale Art Place.

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Nicola Dale: An Era of Abbreviation Thursday 22nd June 7-9pm

At the completion of her six-week residency, Nicola Dale presents new work arising from her research into art historian Aby Warburg’s photographic collection at The Warburg Institute. Nicola has selected and abbreviated 89 images and translated them into an eight-metre mural, in turn to be used as a choreographic score by contemporary dancer Chloe Aliyanni.

Expanding ideas developed during past projects (at Manchester Central Library, Shanghai Library, the National Arts and Education Archive and the University of Manchester) Nicola has been using her Standpoint Futures residency to explore processes of accumulating and communicating knowledge.

The number of images Nicola has chosen corresponds to the amount of unfilled holes she found in one wall of her residency studio, which she catalogued obsessively when she arrived in London. This holey reliquary – of absent works by previous studio occupants – is playfully interpreted as a methodology for gathering new research content from the photographic collection; reflecting on the idiosyncratic logic of systems through which knowledge is manifested and spread by archival institutions.

Nicola’s wall drawing isolates diagrammatic fragments from the photographs, such as a tail, a fool’s ear, a poised hand or a grimace. By inviting a dancer to take this abbreviation-relay a stage further, through movement-based interpretations, Nicola’s interdisciplinary game of Chinese Whispers both refines the image to its gestural essence and further obscures its original intent. In an era where excessive access to information invites continual abbreviation and mediation (e.g. emojis and viral sharing) Nicola’s subversive library processes are particularly apposite, using analogue, embodied actions to destabilise content and create new streams of cognition.

The event will take place in our Studio4, on the first floor, 7-9pm on Thursday 22nd June.

More information on Nicola Dale and her residency can be found here

 

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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.

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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.

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Botanical Sculpture workshop with Kevin Harrison – Sunday 30th April 2017

 

For the Victoria Park May Day Festivities, there will be a FREE art workshop
On Sunday 30th April from 11am till 2pm 
Meet at The Outdoor Classroom near St Agnes Gate, Gore Road, Victoria Park

For more information contact
keiran.whelan@towerhamlets.gov.uk or yasmin@chisenhale.co.uk

This is part of the Public Programme run through the artist studios at Chisenhale Art Place. www.chisenhale.co.uk and with the support of Victoria Park Friends Group

 

                                                                                              

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AJ Stockwell | Fadic Rock

At the culmination of her six-week residency AJ Stockwell will be presenting Fadic Rock.
Clay, sound and a stage come together to reveal a point in time that has been lost to history. The work draws on AJ’s ongoing research into the Society of White Rock, a community centered round the preservation of precious porcelain, and its customs and folk traditions.

Elements of museum display and theatre design are employed to accompany a soundtrack of repeat rhythms and tones, in an effort to sing the fadic rock back into present time. This singing of the rock mirrors a folk custom of ‘singing the land’ emerging from AJ’s memories of her maternal connection to the Western Isles.

The ‘fadic rock’ is a material lost in time, a fiction born of physical stuff, a utopic material fetish.

During the evening, AJ will speak about her research with Fiona MacDonald (artist and Director of Standpoint Futures) as a performed ‘in conversation’ event.

To book a place and help us out please RSVP through Eventbrite

Studio 4, Chisenhale Studios, 64-84 Chisenhale Rd, London E3 5QZ
Please Buzz the Office for entry or call 020 8981 1916

Standpoint Futures visual art development residencies are for artists based outside Greater London. They are designed to be flexible and responsive to the project, needs and desired outcomes of individual participants. The residency’s chief aims are to provide high quality, individualised opportunities to develop the artist’s practice and career, and to integrate London and the regional UK art world to promote access and the exchange of ideas. Participants are provided with accommodation in London, mentoring from relevant professionals, and work space. The programme in 2017 is run in partnership with Chisenhale Studios.

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