Window Shoppping for Christmas

27 November, 2017  |  Featured, Uncategorized

If you weren’t able to attend our recent Window Shopping event in person, there is still time to grab an amazing artwork bargain before Christmas. Have a look at the images below and if there is one that catches your eye, do email or call 020 8981 1916 for details and to see if it’s still available! All artwork is priced at £100 and is approx. A3 in size.


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


Lawdale School Film Project visit Shezad Dawood Studio


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On 7th March 2016, children and parents from the Film Project* at Lawdale School were given a special opportunity to visit artist Shezad Dawood in his Chisenhale studio.

The visit started with a look around the studio and a talk with Shezad about his work, in which he shared some of his ideas and film techniques. The group then tried their hands at “storyboarding”, before Shezad opened a magic trunk of items from his early career – when his art was more performance based.  Using the objects as props, the children came up with some truly amazing film ideas which they presented.

*The Lawdale Film Project introduces children to the world of film making, providing them with the opportunity to make  decisions about the process at every level. Participating children explore every required skill – from script writing to story boarding –  and experience every crew role, from director and camera person to clapper board. They also get to do all the acting.

The project has been running for the past 5 years and is led by film artist Lisa Nash and supported both by Lawdale school and Chisenhale Art Place.

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Into the Wild 2015/2016: Participants


We are delighted to see the second year of Into the Wild getting under way this month, bolstered by support from Arts Council England and Chisenhale Studios Artists.

The following emerging artists are taking part.  All fourteen are recent graduates, who bring a diversity of fine art practice from across England.  They were selected by a committee comprising of Andrea Davidson, Louise Ashcroft, Nadine Mahoney and Peter Liversidge, following a two stage application process.

John Fletcher
Arzu Altin
Dickie Webb
Gabriella Sonabend
Jack Otway
Jennifer Farrow Moore
Karanjit Panesar
Leena Chauhan
Mark Lewis
Tascha Young
Nikita Shergill
Rebecca Sangster
Sarah Roberts
Tom James

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. It aims to offer support and inspiration to artists in the early stages of their career and in need of practical advice on how to survive and thrive in the real world as an artist.  Participating artists attend an 8-week taught course (1 full day per week) covering practical subjects such as audience development, fundraising and ways of working.  This is followed by a three month group studio residency to develop collaborative and independent work, test ideas and share processes through public events.

They additionally receive mentoring, curatorial and practical support to develop new opportunities to present work and reach new audiences.  We are fortunate to have two emerging curators joining the team: Bar Yerushalmi and Emma Warburton.

If you would like to receive updates about Into the Wild during the year, or other professional development opportunities, and are not already on our mailing list  please join  here



Informal Residency in the Education Room: Joanne Tatham

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Courtesy of the artist of The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow

Joanne Tatham is undertaking an informal residency in the Education Room at Chisenhale Art Place.

Over the summer, Joanne is occupying the space a few times a week as a site for making and talking and to explore the relationship between the two.

Having been working in collaboration for many years, Joanne will be trying to gain a sense of how to work on her own, whilst still maintaining collaborative processes. As such, during her time here she will be working on plans and maquettes and smaller works for a number of projects such as an exhibition at The Modern Institute in Glasgow in January 2016.

Joanne hopes to be able to use the space too for conversation and exchange around this process and invites people to come and meet and talk.


Open Weekend 2-4 October

28 July, 2015

We’re having an Open Weekend from 2-4 October.  Everyone is welcome to visit and get behind the scenes of artists studios, gallery exhibitions and dance rehearsals. Plus join in free workshops, talks and other events.  We’ll have hot food onsite this year too, with the guys at Sour Jerk serving up a spicy menu.  We’re looking forward to it and hope you’ll join us!

Here’s the programme of events, but please check back before the weekend to see what’s new.

Open Weekend Schedule


Drawing on Nature with Emma Gunningham

9 February, 2015  |  Classes, Public Programme, Uncategorized

Emma's class

Thursday evenings 7.30 – 9.30   February 19th – March 26th 2015

A six week artist run course exploring the diversity of drawing, from observational studies, tone and line, to mark making, texture and colour. We will employ a wide variety of methods and materials.

A suitable course for all levels of experience:   Course cost £90

To book a place or get more details contact Emma Gunningham     07940 563063


Study Visit

A group of graduating Fine Art students from the University for the Creative Arts, studying at the School of Fine Art in Canterbury, made a study visit to Chisenhale Studios on Monday 26th May. They visited a number of studios including:

· Athena Papadopoulos (A recent Goldsmith’s MA Graduate) who has just start a year-long residency in May this year

· Di Livey, a long standing founding member of Chisenhale Art Place

· Tessa Whitehead, a recent graduate from the Slade MA who was just completing a three month long residency

Students were accompanied by their tutor Edward Chell, an artist member at Chisenhale and also one of the trustees.















Volunteers Needed

We are seeking a team of wonderful volunteers to support a very special Open Weekend celebrating over 30 years of art production, exhibition, dance and performance at Chisenhale Art Place.

Many activities and events are planned to take place over the weekend and we are expecting it to be very busy with visitors.  We want to ensure everyone taking part has the best possible experience and volunteers play a key part within that.

Are you free to come and join us?

About the Open Weekend

Chisenhale Art Place Open Weekend will take place on 27-29th September.  The three days will be a celebration of Chisenhale Art Place’s history and role in the artistic development of London’s East End (and beyond!), and will also highlight the incredible work being produced, commissioned, exhibited and performed right now.  Many of the people who have contributed to our success over the years will be joining us that weekend for a unique programme of talks, events and open studios, in addition to on-going exhibitions, classes and activities.

Dates and Times

27th September 2013 6-9pm
28-29th September 12.00pm – 6.00pm

Volunteers Roles

1. Assist with directing the public around the building.
2. Interact with the visitors; help them engage with the various events and activities that will be going on.
3. Help us set up and take down any of the materials needed for the workshops or events.
4. Have fun!

The Weekend will be busy as it is open to the public but there will be plenty of opportunity for volunteers to engage with artists and staff. Volunteers must be over 18 years of age and should have an interest in art and/or undertaking study in relevant subject.

More details will be sent out to all volunteers and an informal briefing will be organised before the event.  We are able to pay a per diem to help cover travel and expenses.

Chisenhale Art Place is home to 40 artist’s studios and two arts organisations; Chisenhale Dance Space and Chisenhale Gallery.  The Open Weekend celebrates all activities but volunteers are primarily required for the larger studio area of the building.   More organisational information can be found on

If you are interested in volunteering that weekend please email with your CV and tell us a little about yourself.  Could you also please state if you are available for the full weekend?

We will reply by the 13th of September 2013