Into the Wild is an artist development programme devised by artist members of Chisenhale Studios. Now in its fourth year, this unique, free course supports and challenges artists in the early stages of their career by offering opportunities for creative development and by providing practical advice on how to survive and thrive in the world beyond art school. How to: create opportunities, get funding, write applications, work with galleries/curators, build audiences, work collectively, make your own art world, juggle things (metaphorically), stay confident, find spaces, expand networks, and be proactive.
Into the Wild is led by Louise Ashcroft and managed by Andrea Davidson. Through talks, workshops and mentoring by artists and key industry professionals, participants will be empowered to explore their practices and better understand the diversity of ways to succeed and flourish in their lives and work.
The course evolves every year and this year begins with a 2 day intensive on 3rd-4th December where participants will meet the team, eachother and the curators and explore their development needs for the programme. Also new this year, we have partnered with Art Map London and Grow Hackney(a bar / creative space in Hackney Wick). The taught course will run 15th January – 19th March 2018 on Mondays 11am – 5pm and will include inspiring and informative talks with invited guest speakers and Chisenhale Studio Artists. Following the course, participants will complete tailored research projects in association with an external organisation which will provide a context for developing new work. Throughout the year, two curators will meet regularly with participants to host crits and plan events/projects including a group show at Chisenhale Studios. Participants will also be matched with a relevant artist from the studios for a one-to-one mentoring session.
Here’s a cacophony of what our 2016-17 Wildies said they gained: “authentic methods of being an artist and sustaining your practice as a long term career”, “shone light on the (mysterious) professional aspects of the arts that are severely lacking in schools”, “helped me to plant the seeds for the next few projects I’m working on”, “put in touch with really interesting practitioners and organisations with talks of working together on something in the future”, “because of ITW I have a studio, close friends and lots of new artist friends”, “we were able to influence and shape the programme as we experienced it”, “the mix of schools and pedagogies made for fruitful conversation and debate”, “we have crits regularly, we go to see each other’s shows, we collaborate…my life is totally different now to when I started ITW”.
Background info: Chisenhale Studios is part of Chisenhale Art Place which 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 promotes a wider understanding of a broad range of contemporary artistic practice through events, residencies and an award winning public programme of which ITW is part.
The fourteen artists selected for Into the Wild will be expected to participate fully, attending all scheduled sessions each Monday for eight weeks starting January 2018 and committing to involvement in events, learning activities and the residency through to late October 2018. There is no fee required to participate in or apply to Into the Wild. Into the Wild is supported by Arts Council England and the artists at Chisenhale Studios who each pay a levee and give their time.
Dates: Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th December 2017 and Mondays between 15th January and 19th March 2018 (11am-5pm daily). Residencies will be in Spring 2018 – duration and location responding to each participant’s practice. The programme is based at Chisenhale Studios, Chisenhale Art Place, 64-84 Chisenhale Rd, London E3 5QZ but there will be occasional travel to other local sites.
Who can apply? Practicing artists based in England who have completed BA degree courses in the last one to three years (2015, 2016 and 2017 graduates) and are keen to explore practical and inspiring ideas to develop and sustain their careers. We will also consider artists who don’t have an arts BA but have undertaken an equivalent level of training/education and are at the same stage in their careers. We will not consider artists who have completed an MA. Please do not apply if you cannot commit to participating fully. We are looking for artists who are ambitious, open, questioning, and supportive of others.
Travel: To encourage non-London based artists to apply we offer a small travel bursary fund to artists travelling from beyond Greater London. Please state on your application if you would like to be considered for this.
How to apply: Written proposals for a place on the programme must be received by noon on 23rd October 2017.
To submit application please email: email@example.com
Submission will ONLY be accepted in the following format:
Please combine all the information below into a single pdf, marked with your name at the top of the document and in the file name (i.e.firstnamelastnameITW.pdf). The PDF must not exceed 6 pages or 5MB file size. IT IS VITAL YOU SUBMIT ONLY ONE COMBINED DOCUMENT FULLY LABELLED. ONLY ONE DOCUMENT PER APPLICANT WILL BE READ.
1 A written proposal for a place on the programme answering the following three questions (one A4 page only, minimum font size 11):
1.1 Why do you want to do Chisenhale Studios’ Into the Wild programme?
1.2 Why is it important at this stage of your career?
1.3 Name 3 things you have done since you left college (art/life) that give us a sense of who you are and what you’re up to.
2 Current CV. No more than one A4 page giving relevant experience.
3 Supporting images/media. Text, media links and images from previous/current projects (or illustrations of ideas for development). No more than three A4 pages, with images saved at a low resolution. It may be useful to annotate documentation with captions to give context. We will only view/listen to one minute of media content, so if submitting sound/video please give extracts or note which part you want us to look at.
Applications must be received by 12noon on Monday 23rd October 2017.
Shortlisted applicants will be notified sometime that week and will then be asked to complete a creative task, before final selection is made by the panel.
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
Pete Lloyd Lewis Studio Award: One Year Studio for a 2015 or 2016 MA/MFA Graduate.
Applications are now open for the 2017/18 Pete Lloyd Lewis Studio Award, which offers a free studio to one artist for one year from 1st June. Now in its fourth year, the award is open to applications from Fine Art MA/MFA graduates who completed their courses in either 2015 or 2016. This annual award commemorates the work and life of Pete Lloyd Lewis, an artist and founding member of Chisenhale Art Place which encompasses Chisenhale Studios.
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 to the Studios’ public programme through occasional showings/events and assisting with community engagement.
The studio itself is:
- 520 sq ft.
- 1stfloor, with no lift access.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with PLL Award as the subject line.
- Describe your practice with reference to recent works (max 350 words)
- How does your practice relate to some of the themes and processes that Pete valued? (max 250 words).
- 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).
- How might you contribute to Chisenhale Studios’ public-facing programme? (max 200 words)
Deadline for applications is 10am, Thursday 13th April 2017.
A shortlist of applicants will be made, with interviews most likely to held on Thursday 4th May. 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 www.chisenhale.co.uk/chisenhale
We are inviting proposals for Studio4 Residencies at Chisenhale Studios. Residencies will take place between July and September 2017, ranging between one and two months depending on your project needs (please specify in your application if there’s a particular time slot you’d prefer).
The residencies provide free use of the Studio4 Project Space to artists seeking a short-term studio to develop an idea or execute a project. The aim of each residency is to provide opportunity for a visual artist to experiment with new work or ideas in a fresh, uncluttered space that facilitates sharing and participation while making artistic processes visible to new audiences.
In exchange for use of the studio, the artist undertaking each residency is expected to engage a wider artistic network as well as people who live and work in our local area, involving them in the artistic process through the development of the work itself or a few small public events, showings, workshops, studio conversations etc. Ideally, smaller open-door sessions could also happen during the residency, as an opportunity to engage with other Chisenhale members.
To apply, please write to tell us about the project or idea you’d like to work on, why you need this free short-term studio to realise it and how you will engage people outside of Chisenhale Art Place during the residency. It would be helpful to include what benefit you think will be gained by those audiences and the impact it will have on your practice. Please state your anticipated duration in the studio and any time preference over the summer.
Please note that Studio4 is on the first floor and the building unfortunately has no lift. Studio events should be suitable for small audiences of up to 50 people. We also have a more accessible ground floor education room which could also be made available for public activities.
Applications are due by 10am on Thursday 6th April 2017. Interviews for short-listed applicants will mostly likely be held on Monday 24th April.
Submission will only be accepted in the following format:
- Proposal of project idea, including detail of information requested above. One or two A4 pages, minimum font size 11.
- Current CV. No more than two A4 pages giving current and relevant experience.
- Supporting images. Text and images from previous projects or illustrating your proposal. No more than three A4 pages, with images saved at a low resolution. Your website address could be added for additional info, but we can’t guarantee we’ll be able to look at it.
Please combine all the above into one pdf file, clearly marked your name. We will not accept submissions that exceed 7 pages and 5MB file size.
Submissions and queries to email@example.com
We’ve had some fantastic projects recently realised in Studio4, including Byzantia Harlow’s work with Roman Road Market, Liz Lake’s research into the ecologies of industrial materials such as concrete, and Save Me a Place’s experiments in collaborative sculptural collage. Do see other postings on our website for previous residencies and events taking place in our project space. http://chisenhale.co.uk/chisenhale/public-programme/project-space/
image: Save Me A Place July 2016
Chisenhale Studios has teamed up with Standpoint Futures in 2017 to host residencies in our Studio4 space. Standpoint Futures is an established programme of visual art development residencies for emerging/mid career artists who are based outside Greater London. They are designed to be flexible and responsive to the project, needs and desired outcomes of individual participants. Standpoint Futures’ chief aims are to provide high quality, individualised opportunities to develop the artist’s practice and career, and to promote the exchange of ideas between London and the wider UK art world.
Following interviews in October 2016, three artists were selected by Standpoint Futures Director Fiona Macdonald, Chisenhale Studios Arts Manager Andrea Davidson and curators from the residencies’ regional partners MOSTYN Llandudno, Plymouth Arts Centre and Castlefield Gallery Manchester.
Each artist will spend six weeks at Chisenhale Studios where they are provided with our Studio4 space, accommodation, and individually tailored mentoring and development, plus modest per diem & travel allowance. At the end of each residency the artist will present a public event relating to their practice.
Simon Bayliss (23 January – 3 March). Event: Thursday 3rd March 7pm. simon-bayliss.com
Simon explores identity and what it means to be both rural and queer, through celebration of rural traditions such as landscape painting and slipware pottery. He also collaborates with artist Lucy Stein as BLISS (Bayliss & Stein), and has recently set up the ‘Artist Tea Towel Company’. Simon is based in Cornwall.
AJ Stockwell (20 March – 28 April). Event: Thursday 27th April 7pm. aj-stockwell.com
AJ is interested in how human life can be defined and archived through objects and materials, and how communication can operate across timelines through a shared material culture. Working across sculpture, video and text, recent work has focused on observing how ceramic artefacts construct images of past lives and cultures. AJ is based in Cardiff; her residency is supported by The Fenton Arts Trust.
Nicola Dale (15 May – 23 June). Event: Thursday 22nd June 7pm. nicoladale.com
Nicola Dale makes sculptures and performances that arise mainly out of research within institutional archives (recent examples include: Shanghai Library, National Arts Education Archive Yorkshire Sculpture Park, University of Manchester Medical School). She is interested in how knowledge manifests itself and how its continuation is constructed. Nicola is based in Stockport.
For further details please look at the Standpoint Futures archive. Standpoint Futures is supported by Arts Council England, Arts Council Wales, Chisenhale Studios and the Fenton Arts Trust.
Image: Nicola Dale, Model for Ideology VI
Into the Wild is an artist development programme led by artist members of Chisenhale Studios. Now in its third year, this unique, free course aims to support and inspire artists in the early stages of their career by providing practical advice on how to survive and thrive in the real world, as well as offering opportunities for creative development.
With talks, workshops and mentoring by 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 and beyond.
How to: get funding, network, promote yourself, write applications, work with galleries and curators, write statements, work in different contexts, build audiences, work collectively, earn money, stay confident, find spaces, generate opportunities and be proactive.
The programme begins with a taught course that runs every Monday 11am – 5pm from 24th October until 12th December 2016. Each day will include inspiring and informative talks with invited guest speakers, as well as with Chisenhale Studio Artists. Following the course, participants will complete tailored off-site residencies in association with an external organisation – providing a context for developing new work (March 2017). Throughout the year, two curators will meet regularly with participants to host crits and plan events/projects such as a group show during Chisenhale Open Weekend (Oct 2017). Participants will also be matched with a relevant studio artist for an individual one-to-one mentoring session.
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 expected to participate fully, attending all scheduled sessions each Monday for eight weeks starting late October 2016 and committing to involvement in events, learning activities and the residency, through to late October 2017. Participants will also be asked to present a collaborative document of their learning.
There is no fee required to participate in Into the Wild. Into the Wild is supported by Arts Council England and the artists at Chisenhale Studios.
Dates: Taught course runs every Monday from 24th October through 12th December 2016, 11am-5pm. Residencies will be in Spring 2017 (duration and location responding to each participant’s practice). Location: Chisenhale Studios at Chisenhale Art Place, 64-84 Chisenhale Rd, London E3 5QZ
Who can apply? Practicing UK based artists who have completed BA degree courses in the last one to three years (including 2016 graduates) and are keen to explore practical and inspiring ideas to develop and sustain their careers. We will also consider artists who have undertaken an equivalent level of training/education and are at the same stage in their careers. We will not consider artists who have completed an MA. Please do not apply if you cannot commit to participating fully.
Travel: A small travel bursary fund is available for artists travelling from beyond London. Please state on your application if you live outside London would like to be considered for this.
How to apply: Written proposals for a place on the programme must be received by noon on Wednesday 14th September 2016.
To submit application, or to request further information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Submission will ONLY be accepted in the following format:
Please combine all the information below into a single pdf, marked with your name at the top of the document and in the file name (i.e.firstnamelastnameITW.pdf). The PDF must not exceed 6 pages or 5MB file size.
IT IS VITAL YOU SUBMIT ONLY ONE COMBINED DOCUMENT FULLY LABELLED.
ONLY ONE DOCUMENT PER APPLICANT WILL BE READ.
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.
2 Current CV. No more than two A4 pages giving current and relevant experience.
3 Supporting images/media. Text, media and images from previous/current projects (or illustrations of ideas for development). No more than three A4 pages, with images saved at a low resolution. It may be useful to annotate documentation with captions to give context. We will only view/listen to one minute of media content, so if submitting sound/video please give extracts or note which part you want us to look at.
Applications are due by noon on Wednesday 14th September. Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 20th September, and will then be asked to complete a creative task, before final selection is made. Selected applicants will be notified by 25th September and must be ready to start on Monday 26th October 2016.
Our Into the Wild 2015-16 artists have written a handbook bringing together thoughts and learning generated by their year-long programme. If you didn’t get your hands on a physical copy at the launch event and group show on 28th July, here’s a digital version of the booklet and images of participants’ recent works. Into the Wild is an artist development programme for 14 selected recent BA graduates, now entering its third year thanks to funding from Arts Council England.
To read their words of wisdom click on the above image and to see individual artist pages click below:
ITW artists pages 2015-16
And to see the book from our pioneering year click below:
ITW Handbooks 2014-2015
Standpoint Futures: A new Residency Collaboration
We’re delighted to announce a new collaboration that will see the Standpoint Futures Residencies taking place in our Studio4 in 2017. This will replace our existing residency programme for the time being.
Standpoint Futures is a residency programme for UK artists based outside Greater London, providing bespoke, high calibre opportunities for discussion and interaction with the London art world. These visual art development residencies are for emerging/mid career artists and 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.
Residencies are 6 weeks long and will run from mid-January to August 2017. We will be selecting three artists: two from England, one from Wales. One residency is designated for an ‘early career’ artist.
Artists receive: studio, accommodation, significant mentoring and development, plus modest per diem & travel allowance. Application process opens 1st August, and the deadline for applications is Tuesday 6 September. Interviews will be here at Chisenhale Studios on Tuesday 4 October
There is an application fee of £16.00, which helps covers the cost of the selection process.
For information and application details please visit: standpointlondon.co.uk/futures
or contact Louise@chisenhale.co.uk
This year’s Into the Wild artists launch their handbook, sharing tips and wisdom about surviving and thriving after art school, drawing upon what they’ve learnt from guest speakers, mentors and one another.
Members of the group will also be exhibiting works.
Join us to celebrate.
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.
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.