Open Weekend: 20-22 October

The Chisenhale Art Place Open Weekend is back! Join us 20-22 October for a free weekend of open studios, tours, exhibitions and workshops. Events take place across the building, so it is a great opportunity to explore Chisenhale Dance Space, Chisenhale Gallery and Chisenhale Studios at one time.

The full programme is here.  And you can see the individual event details by visiting the websites of Chisenhale Dance Space, Chisenhale Gallery and here below for the Studios.

Opening Times:
Friday 6-9pm
Saturday & Sunday 1-5pm

Open Studios
All of the 40 artist studios will be open throughout the weekend hours. It’s a wonderful and informal opportunity to meet the artists, see their work and learn about their working processes.

Participating studio artists:
Gail Pickering, Diane Martin, Virginia Phongsathorn, Fritha Jenkins, David Blackmore, Kate Hardy, Jo Stockham, Malcolm Jones, Matt Calderwood, Nigel O’Neill, Di Livey, John Fuller, Jon George, Kevin Harrison, Amikam Toren, Sheena Macrae, Marta Bakst, Sarah Kate Wilson, Ingrid Kerma, Vincent Milne, Hilary Rosen, Charlotte Mew, Edward Chell, Dan Turner, Zoë Mendelson, Paulina Michnowska, Jeremy Hutchison, Richard Layzell, Karen Russo, John Askew, Joy Girvin, Sean Dawson, Lee Maelzer, Shezad Dawood, Monika Oechsler, Sam Hodge, Alicia Paz, Diana Taylor, Andy Ridley, Mark Fairnington, Kevin Dunbar.

Everyone is welcome to take their time and explore the studios at their own pace. We also offer guided tours, providing a five-minute introduction to each artist.
1pm: 1st Floor/Ground Floor Studios
2pm: 2nd Floor Studios
3pm: 3rd Floor Studios

Many of the artists will be offering short learning sessions and discussions in their studios. These will evolve as the artists prepare for the weekend, and a list will be published of the planned activities a little closer to the time. These are always fun and popular sessions, guaranteed to generate a new skill or idea! Keep an eye on social media for further info or check back on this page.

Saturday events:  Ceramics for Children, Create your own European Pa55port with David Blackmore, Drawing with Kate Hardy, Insight into monoprint process by Hilary RosenAn artists’In-conversation’ between Sarah Kate Wilson and Jeremy Hutchison

Sunday events: Create your own European Pa55port with David Blackmore, Drawing with Kate Hardy, Insight into monoprint process by Hilary Rosen/

Studio4, our residency and project studio, will host an exhibition of work by the current year Into the Wild participants. Into the Wild is a programme devised by Chisenhale Studio artists to support and develop recent BA graduates, to thrive and survive in the artworld after college. It’s wildly successful and the group show will feature artists you’ll be seeing much more of in the future.

Facilitation Piece (for harmonious being) 2017 is new live performance by artist Monika Oechsler, in collaboration with artist & technologist Charles Gershom. This experimental work presents two simultaneous and intermittent durational performances, Live Chat & Sound Stage. Both parts explore how our perception of time and place has changed through social media interaction. Facilitation Piece (for harmonious being) has been commissioned by Chisenhale Studios for the Open Weekend with support from Chisenhale Dance Space.
Performance time: 7.30 – 8.30pm Friday 20th October at Chisenhale Dance Space.

Window Shopping
The studio artists are delighted to be running Window Shopping over the Open Weekend, an initiative to raise crucial funds to repair some of the windows in the Studios. Over 40 artists have kindly donated window-pane-sized works on paper which will be displayed and on sale for £100 each. The donated works will be available to view digitally in advance, but can only be bought in person during the weekend opening hours. Purchased work will be taken off the display once paid for, so we advise arriving early if you have your eye on something specific!



Window Shopping

27 September, 2017  |  Featured, Talks & Events

Chisenhale Studio Artists are delighted to be running Window Shopping over the upcoming Open WeekendWindow Shopping is an initiative to raise crucial funds to repair some of the windows in the Studios. Over 40 artists have kindly donated window-pane-sized works on paper which will be displayed and on sale for £100 each.  It’s a fantastic opportunity to buy the work of established artists with international reputations, as well as up-and-coming artists such as those taking part in our residency and Into The Wild programmes. All the funds raised will go towards the windows.

Starting early October, we will start uploading images of the artwork here on this page and on Instagram (@ChisenhaleStudios).  Although all the artwork will be available to view digitally in advance, each piece can only be bought in person during the weekend opening hours.  We recommend you arrive early if you have your eye on a specific artwork, as once it’s bought it’s gone!  Due to demand, there will be a limit of  one artwork per transaction between 6-7pm on 20th October.  Customers are welcome to purchase more than one over the opening hours, but for the first hour you’ll have to get back in the queue if there is one.


Here are images of artwork received already, with more to come. Be sure to check out Instagram for names of artists and details of work.  If you are not on social media and would like any details, do email or call us.


There are few works that have arrived today that are not on the list of works. Those artists are Joey Ryken and Nicholas Cheveldave.  Works arriving yesterday are also not uploaded here but are on the List of Works.


Cherelle Sappleton: Scan/Exchange 23rd Sept

As part of her Studio4 residency, Cherelle  Sappleton invites women of colour, femmes and non gender confirming people of colour to have their favourite images of themselves, heroines or family members scanned at high resolution for FREE. In return, participants can opt to donate a digital copy of the file to her collection of source material which will go on to enrich and intermingle with her practice.
About the artist:
Cherelle Sappleton is a visual artist of mixed Dominican and Jamaican heritage based in London. Her practice is based in photographic media with a focus on the body, abstraction, performance and gesture.
Sappleton is also a member of the Black British Female Artist collective (BBFA).
About Scan/Exchange
As a collagist, Sappleton’s practice relies heavily on found imagery however, she felt mounting frustration due to the lack of people of colour and particularly women of colour represented in the fashion and editorial publications she used as source material. Born out of this frustration, Scan/Exchange looks to draw on the personal archives of fellow people of colour to not only use as material for her practice, but to also act to instigate preservation so that following generations are able to access imagery within families. Any donated files will be used to create new art work from in an attempt to weave the images and presence of black and brown women into the art historical narrative.
The event will take place on 23rd September, 11am-5pm, drop-in


Into the Wild 2018: Call for new participants

18 September, 2017  |  Featured, Professional Development

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:

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.




Studio4 Summer Residency – Events hosted by Girolamo Marri in August



Sympathy for chairs
August 21
6 – 7.30 pm
An hour long “workshop” lead by Heather McCalden, a visual artist with dance training, whose practice deals with movement and spatial relationships.

Starting from the idea that during a conference or talk, chairs and their positioning play a role in how the “content” of the talk is passed from speaker to the audience, the ten or so participants to the workshop will be led into a series of exercises/games involving chairs. while musicians and Girolamo  will act as “the speakers” , offering a soundtrack made of word and music improvisation, but also actively participating in the games.


Cardboard model making
August 20 and 27
3 – 6 pm
Few places still available to join this small workshop divided into two parts and lead by architect Enrico Arrigoni who will teach how to build cardboard models for architecture.

Studio4 will be used, revamped as a conference room, as a sample, where everything inside will be measured by the participants in order to make 3d models on the computer which will then be turned into 2D shapes which will be cut and assembled into a 1:20 scale model.
As the number of places is limited to 6, we ideally wanted to engage participants over 50 aged especially those who have less opportunity to play with computers, but if you’re young and interested do still get in touch!

Topic-nic and the secret life of an audience
August 26
11 am – 5 pm
The “largest” of these events, hosting about 15 participants

To begin, all the participants will be invited to have a picnic in Victoria Park where they will discuss ideas unfamiliar while eating food also new to everyone.
Later everyone will go to Girolamo’s studio at Chisenhale Studios, where he will talk about what his idea of an audience is directly with the participants as an audience. F
inally ending with the photographer Rama Lee  taking a group picture of everyone posing as the ideal audience.  


 If you are interested in any of the above events, please email Girolamo


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.