Free Cloud Chamber Workshop Saturday 17th March 12 – 1.30 pm

Join us for a free one-off workshop to witness beautiful trails made by cosmic particles that are constantly passing through us and our world unseen! Cloud Chambers allow a glimpse into the invisible world of particles produced in the radioactive decay of naturally occurring elements and those generated when cosmic rays strike the top of the Earth’s atmosphere.

In the workshop, participants will see a large cloud chamber in action and make their own mini cloud chamber. Using a sealed plastic container, some pure alcohol and dry ice participants will create a super-saturated environment where the invisible charged particles ionize the vapour in their path triggering a condensation process in the ‘cloud’. We will discuss how a cloud chamber works and think about other even more elusive particles such as dark matter that scientists are unable to detect at present.
This workshop is led by Susan Eyre, an artist who is interested in ways of visualising the unseen activities of matter around us and how we relate to the idea that most of our universe is beyond our perception.

Although everyone is welcome  to attend, this event is not suitable for those under 12 years of age.

This workshop will take place in our Studio4 on the first floor, where there is no elevator or stair lift.

Note too that dry ice will be used in the workshop under the supervision of the artist.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL.  Please email to secure a place.


Call for Applications: Studio4 Residencies 2018

11 December, 2017  |  Featured, Residencies + Studio4

We are inviting proposals for Studio4 Residencies at Chisenhale Studios. Residencies will take place between March and September 2018, ranging between one and three months depending on your project needs.

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 15th January 2018. Interviews for short-listed applicants will be held on the morning of Wednesday24th January.

Submission will only be accepted in the following format:

  1. Proposal of project idea, including detail of information requested above.  One or two A4 pages, minimum font size 11.
  2. Current CV.  No more than two A4 pages giving current and relevant experience.
  3. 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

We’ve had some fantastic projects realised in Studio4, the three most recent with Cherelle Sappleton, Girolamo Marri and Jennifer Martin.

Do see postings on our website for these and other residencies and events taking place in our project space.


Standpoint Futures in Studio4 – Beth Emily Richards

Our Standpoint Futures resident Beth Emily Richards has moved into Studio4 for six weeks of mentoring and making.

Beth is an artist and researcher based in Plymouth. Her work investigates contemporary mythmaking, often exploring popular culture and its associated idiosyncratic subcultures. Frequently the work seeks to complicate macho narratives by re-performing them in ways that use absurdism and failure to undermine dominant histories.

Past works have engaged with personae such as Harry Houdini, Robert Falcon Scott, Francis Drake, Arnold Schwarzenegger and William ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody; as well as with social trends such as ‘tombstoning’ (teenagers jumping off cliffs into the sea), Mexican telenovelas, ‘80s-‘90s action films, roller derby girls, Western movies, scouting, and motivational speaking.

Working with others is central to Beth’s practice, which frequently involves collaborating with location-based or interest-based communities. During her time at Standpoint Futures she will be consolidating and expanding upon a group of occult enthusiasts and experts with whom she has been attending workshops responding to the life and work of Ithell Colquhoun, a surrealist artist, writer and occultist who worked in Cornwall in the mid-twentieth century.

Beth’s new body of work not only responds to Colquhoun’s creative output and divinatory practices, but to the experience of working with a diverse group of artists, writers and magical practitioners, and forming a temporary community with them. More info at Image from Ancient Scent project, 2017.

Standpoint Futures visual art development residencies are for emerging/mid-career 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 promote the exchange of ideas between London and the wider UK art world.


Standpoint Futures is run in partnership and hosted with Chisenhale Studios with support from Arts Council England, Arts Council Wales and the Fenton Arts Trust.


Open Weekend: ‘Into the Wild’ Group Show


Artists: Into the Wild 2016-17 (see names below)
Studio: 4
Time:  Friday 6-9pm, Sat & Sun 1-5pm

Over the Open Weekend 20-22 October, Studio4 will host ‘The Fear is Back’ – a group show of works by some of the 2016-17 participants of Chisenhale Studios ‘Into the Wild’ programme.

Liam Geary Baulch
Roshni Bhagotra
Sean Burns

Oliver Durcan
Eleanor Pearch
Ellie Power
Korallia Stergides
Ben Tupper
Jules Varnedoe
Aaron Wells

Image Credit: Film still from Ben Tupper’s War all of time.  Courtesy of the artist.


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


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


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.



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.


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



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.