Exhibition of Photomonth Project




Young people from Whitechapel Gallery’s Photomonth workshop continued to work with Ukrainian photographer Alina Kisina on a short term project to develop a body of work. This initiative developed by Photomonth involved sessions in her Chisenhale studio and around East London learning about photography equipment, different techniques and developing their individual styles.

On Saturday 21st November 2015, after six weeks, they held an exhibition of their photographs and working processes at Chisenhale Art Place.



Photogram Workshop Saturday 8 August


Photogram image EK 2015

Artist Elisavet Kalpaxi leads a workshop for families to create photograms, unique photographs made without cameras. Participants will learn how to expose and develop prints in the darkroom and at the end of the workshop all prints can be taken home.
A photogram is an imprint of objects on a light-sensitive base (usually paper). The principle of creating direct prints using diverse processes and light sources predates the invention of photography.

The workshop is programmed in response to Nicholas Mangan’s exhibition  Ancient Lights, currently on at Chisenhale Gallery

All materials will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring transparent objects or objects with interesting outlines that could be used for your own compositions.

For children aged 4-12 Please note: children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by an adult. 12-2pm

For young people aged 15-25 who have an interest in art and want to have an engagement with arts organisations, enjoy learning about creative career opportunities, vocational workshops, networking and making new friends.

Programmed in collaboration with Chisenhale Gallery.

This event is free to attend but places are strictly limited and booking is essential. To reserve a place please visit the Eventbrite page here.


‘Working with Wood’, Wood sculpture project at Chisenhale Art Place

Working with Wood is a skills-based arts outreach project for local young people aged 7-11, and taking place over the autumn of 2012.

The project is be led by Kevin Harrison, a sculptor who works principally with wood. Over the course of a term, Kevin will facilitate workshops for 12 young people for one day a week after school. He will introduce them to the practicalities of working with wood, from handling and caring for tools to getting to grips with essential wood working techniques.  This skills based knowledge will be linked to creativity; the young people will design and make sculptures in wood.

The project was funded by the generous Ernest Cook Trust, for more information regarding the trust go to: http://www.ernestcooktrust.org.uk/

Our Public Programme aims to facilitate and encourage opportunities in learning, exploration, understanding and expression through art. We’ve been developing and delivering educational art based workshops in our local and wider community for the past 28 years to people across varying abilities, age ranges, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.



Young Voices

12 October, 2010  |  Public Programme, Young People

Young Voices is an innovative project delivered in partnership by Praxis Community Projects, Kazzum Theatre Company and Queen Mary University of London to develop leadership among young people from new, displaced communities whose “traditional” pathways to leadership have been left behind elsewhere in the world.

Young Voices at Chisenhale Art Place was facilitated by the previous resident of our Education studio, Tom Hobson. Tom led six workshops over six weeks that explored issues relevant to young people living in London; their likes and dislikes about city life and their aspirations for their future. The processes used in the workshops helped the young people to become more confident in expressing their views and opinions in a more creative medium. Tom helped them to understand that through creative experiment they could gain new skills and learn new ways to interact with the environment around them. Activities included film making, photography, watercolours, collage and animation. After the workshops, Tom gathered together all the work produced by the young people to compile one piece of cohesive collaborative work that showcased each individual’s talents.

To view work from the Young Voices project CLICK HERE!


Young Artists Studio (YAS)

28 June, 2010  |  Public Programme, Young People

The Young Artist’s Studio project, an after school art project for young people aged 11 to 17 years old, which was facilitated by Chisenhale artist educators Kate Hardy and Kevin Harrison, ran for five exciting and eventful years.

It took place during term time in the CAP Education Space, with some workshops being held  also at Tate Modern, and at other galleries and drawing locations. Notably, the YAS artists were the first group of young people to be invited to the London Eye, for the sole purpose of drawing views of London from it. Some of the paintings they created as a result of the experience now hang in the offices of the London Eye.

The young artists created a huge number of art works, both individually and collectively. They showed and sold them at exhibitions they organised themselves in local galleries – twice at St John’s, Bethnal Green – and in the CAP Education Space.

Bella Ayres, Jose Huiboro, Uma Mahadeva and Ella Jade were volunteers who made a valuable contribution to the project. They received experience and training, and have moved on to use what they learned in the project in their professional practice as artists running young people’s art education projects.

The YAS received funding from The Peabody Estate, The Local Network Fund, The Jack Petchey Foundation, The London Eye, Help A London Child (HALP) and the Links Foundation.

The young people involved in the YAS project continue to develop their artistic skills as young adults. We are currently putting together plans for an after school club for children of Primary School age; the young people from the YAS will be involved in facilitating this, alongside professional artists. Watch this space for further developments.

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