Simon Bayliss: End of Residency Event Thurs 2nd Feb 8-10pm

27 February, 2017  |  Featured, Residencies + Studio4, Uncategorized

For the culmination of his Standpoint Futures residency in our Studio4, Simon Bayliss is collaborating with artists and musicians working with pop music, rave and live performance. The event has developed through conversations with Sian Dorrer performing as Acid Prawn, and Susie Green who collaborates with Bayliss as Splash Addict.

The idea of metamorphosis stems from Splash Addict’s latest track, a dance cover of ‘Smalltown Boy’ by Bronski Beats, the lyrics of which describe a painful life-transition from oppressive parochial sexual-conservatism to urban liberation.

Acid Prawn’s piece ‘What Women Do’ (featuring Joey Four) features live soundtrack, online make-up tutorials and sandwich making. Rafal Zajko (Into the Wild Alumnus!) will be performing a psychedelic sound work in collaboration with pop singer Zoee. Lobsta B aka Leon Bayliss, will be DJing a ‘pop-rave megamix’.

Studio4, Chisenhale Studios, 64-84 Chisenhale Rd, London E3 5QZ

Please Buzz the Office for entry or call 020 8981 1916


WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH – A talk with Alina Kisina Saturday 4 March, 12-1pm

21 February, 2017  |  Featured, Public Programme, Talks & Events

Alina Kisina will talk about the female gaze in relation to photographing children. She will also show the latest work from her project “Children of Vision” and give an introduction to some of her favorite women photographers working today.

Venue: Chisenhale Art Place

64-84 Chisenhale Road E3 5QZ (nearest tube: Bethnal Green/Bow)

Date and Time: Saturday 4 March, 12-1pm

Cost: Free


To book or for more details contact 020 8981 1916


Book Swap – Saturday 11th February 2017

31 January, 2017  |  Children & Families, Public Programme

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

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

Saturday 11th February 2017

at Chisenhale Dance Space

12.30pm -2.30pm


All ages

Dr. Seuss image TM & © 2016 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P

To celebrate his 60th anniversary, Cat in the Hat will be popping in at 1.00pm, so come by and say a big Hi!!!

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

Further details from or phone 020 8981 1916 or


Studio4 Residencies: Liz Lake – Dig/Burn/Build


Event: Thursday 19th January 6.30-8.30pm.

Mapping the interconnected ecologies of material cycles, Liz Lake’s installation demonstrates how the values, uses and physical properties of industrial substances transform over time. In her fieldwork footage, mountains of gypsum are chemically removed from power station gasses ready to be sold as additives for construction or food production; and unwanted incinerator ash finds new life as breezeblock.

A series of sculptures presents these relations in the abstract language of the materials themselves, incorporating concrete, tarmac, copper, plaster and resin in diagram-like composites. This is the first showing of an ongoing project that Liz Lake has been working on during a 3-month residency at Chisenhale Studios.



Standpoint Futures Residency Artists 2017


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 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 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.
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


Chisenhale Primary School Exhibition for Arts Award 2016

13 December, 2016  |  Featured, Public Programme, Schools


To mark the end of another successful year for the Public Programme, on Friday 9th December, we had the talented and dedicated pupils from Chisenhale School hold their Arts Award Exhibition at Chisenhale Art Place.

Arts Award is a valuable project which aims to inspire young people to grow their arts and leadership talents: it’s creative and accessible. The programme at the school is led by the artist Sara Heywood.

Once again the school partnered with Chisenhale to help enrich their experience with visits to our Studio Artists.
This year they visited Jeremy Hutchison and then Byzantia Harlow, who was resident in Studio4 during August and September. The budding artists then created new work which responded directly to these visits.

At the end of their project the children held an exhibition here, inviting the whole school plus parents and studio artists.


Without Walls 2016 – Another collaboration, Another success

1 November, 2016  |  Featured, Public Programme, Talks & Events


Another year and another success, and a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to Without Walls 2016. . .

Chisenhale Art Place once again opened its doors and broke through the walls of its iconic building. Bridging across the three unique spaces; Chisenhale Dance Space, Chisenhale Gallery and Chisenhale Studios, Without Walls offered up an impressive menu of talks and workshops for the public.

Some of the highlights in the Studios included: An Art and Dance Evening event  with choreographer/dancer Chloe Aliyanni and artist Alicia Paz; Open Studio with Seth Pimlott – recipient of the Pete Lloyd Lewis Studio Award; A Photography exhibition by Victoria Park Photography Group;  a unique performance by artist Jeremy Hutchison; Byzantia Harlow’s Grey Market;  a new collaborative performance

Please look out on our Facebook page to see more images.






An early evening event with artist Jeremy Hutchison – 20th October, 6-8pm

13 October, 2016  |  Public Programme, Talks & Events

taskrabbitImage copyright the artist: Task Rabbit worker Sakti N.

in heaven people play peacefully sometimes people helping each other love making and working together peacefully

A performance (with informal labourers and 4-channel surround sound)

Task Rabbit is an app that allows people to outsource part-time jobs, or tasks. The company proposes “We do chores. You live life.” Tasks commonly include cleaning, walking dogs, building furniture and waiting in queues. Workers are able to fit their work to their lifestyle; working when they want, where they want. The apparent freedom offered by employment platforms of this kind has seen their popularity explode. But as the workforce has inflated, so an increasing dissatisfaction has appeared with the terms of employment. The alienation hovering beneath the surface of this labour model is becoming manifest in lawsuits, class actions and strikes.

Over the past few months, Jeremy Hutchison has used the Task Rabbit app to employ groups of micro-labourers in his studio. Rather than walking dogs, they have been tasked to imagine ways in which solidarity might be applied to their fragmented labour conditions. In a recent example, he assembled four workers for an interview. This interview operated within the conditions of a verbal game, which required the four workers to respond as if they were a single subjectivity.

For this durational performance elements of this research will be presented, while the group will rehearse new manifestations of solidarity between labour, bodies and space.

Where: Studio4, 1st floor @ Chisenhale Studios.
Cost/Booking: Free, drop-in, 6-8pm 20th Oct

This event is part of our Without Walls programme.

Running at the same is an open studio with Seth Pimlott, recipient of the current Pete Lloyd Lewis Studio Award. This takes place across the hall in Studio 3.