Chisenhale Studios is seeking an Artist for the newly created role of Artist Interpreter, working on our Into the Wild 2020 programme which kicks off in February.


‘Into the Wild’ is a free, year-long professional development programme for recent BA graduate artists at Chisenhale Studios. 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 and develop their practice. Selected artists are between 1-4 years out of BA and represent a diversity of practices from across the spectrum of arts colleges around the country, or with equivalent experience. The programme involves an 8 week (1 day per week for eight consecutive weeks) course crammed with talks and workshops by leading arts professionals, plus a year involving mentoring from Studio Members; exhibitions: publications and tool kits; curatorial support; and other opportunities to develop creative practice.

Into the Wild is led by the Artist Facilitator Sophie Chapman & the Artist Development Coordinator Rosie Hermon, in collaboration with the artists at Chisenhale Studios. The programme was conceived by Chisenhale Studio Members as a way of giving back and reaching out to new generations of artists. 2020 will be the fifth year that we have received Arts Council England funding to run the programme.

We are committed to sharing the learning of the Into the Wild programme widely, so that it might be of benefit to emerging artists, beyond those that are participating in the programme. As such, we have devised a new role of Artist Interpreter, which we hope will enable us to do this in a creative and engaging way. In previous years of the programme, the responsibility for sharing the learning has fallen to the participants, who have created online publications and tool kits that present their reflections. In 2019 we began to explore alternative formats. The ‘Wildies’ created a performance for a Sharing Session in the Study Room at LADA (Live Art Development Agency), which opened up their experience of the programme, and which was captured via a short film commissioned by Chisenhale Studios. The Artist Interpreter role follows on from this initial exploration into alternative methods of evaluation and dissemination. The core function of the role will be to share creative interpretation of the knowledge produced through the programme in a way that is engaging and useful for an online audience of emerging artists.

For more information about Into the Wild please visit:

Artist Brief

Through attending key sessions and moments, The Artist Interpreter will closely follow the Into the Wild programme, and from this experience will produce creative documentation and responses that can be shared online with a wider group of emerging artists, presenting ideas and information drawn from the Into the Wild programme. This could take the form of texts, drawings, images, film, animation, sound, a combination of any of these, and any other medium that the applicant believes could work in this online context. The Artist Interpreter will need to be mindful of issues of access and accessibility in considering how information is communicated.

The primary site of dissemination will be social media, but this work will also have a presence on the Into the Wild website, and we are open to discussing other modes of dissemination in addition to this.

Into the Wild kicks-off on 1st February 2020 and runs until the end of October 2020. The primary focus of the Artist Interpreter role will be on the day-long taught sessions, which run weekly each Monday from 10 February – 30 March. The Artist Interpreter will be expected to attend up to 5 of these sessions to be agreed with Chisenhale Studios, including the 10th February session. Subsequent attendance at events will be agreed as the programme develops.

We are looking for an artist with demonstrable experience of undertaking projects that address creative documentation, reflection and/or interpretation and who has an interest in alternative educational models for artists.


The fee for this role is £3000. This is a freelance position which is paid at a rate of £200 per day for 15 days work.

This is broken down as:

Approx. 10 days during the taught programme, February to early April
Approx. 5 days for the rest of the programme (April-October), timing to be agreed with Chisenhale Studios

It is imagined time will be divided between attending sessions and production of interpretation: approximately 7 days attendance at Into the Wild taught sessions and events, and 8 days production time.


To apply please send an annotated portfolio, which describes and reflects upon how examples of your previous work relate to the ideas of creative documentation/reflection/interpretation. This can be up to 10 pages or submitted as a link to an online film-based submission of up to 3 minutes in duration. Please submit this in conjunction with a cover letter describing your overall approach to the opportunity, highlighting your relevant experience and your interest/engagement with alternative educational models within an art context. Applications must be submitted as a PDF of 5MB or less.

Please send your applications to

If you have any queries about your application you can contact, but please also copy in

Deadline for applications is midnight Sunday 19 January 2020

Interviews will take place on Monday 27 January 2020

Download this call as a PDF here. 

image: Into the Wild 2017-18 cohort, participants’ website