ITW image copyInto the Wild is an artist development programme led by artist members of Chisenhale Studios. Now in its third year, this unique, free course aims to support and inspire artists in the early stages of their career by providing practical advice on how to survive and thrive in the real world, as well as offering opportunities for creative development.

With talks, workshops and mentoring by successful artists and key industry professionals, participants will be able to explore their practices and better understand the diversity of ways to succeed and flourish as an artist in London and beyond.

How to: get funding, network, promote yourself, write applications, work with galleries and curators, write statements, work in different contexts, build audiences, work collectively, earn money, stay confident, find spaces, generate opportunities and be proactive.

The programme begins with a taught course that runs every Monday 11am – 5pm from 24th October until 12th December 2016. Each day will include inspiring and informative talks with invited guest speakers, as well as with Chisenhale Studio Artists. Following the course, participants will complete tailored off-site residencies in association with an external organisation – providing a context for developing new work (March 2017). Throughout the year, two curators will meet regularly with participants to host crits and plan events/projects such as a group show during Chisenhale Open Weekend (Oct 2017). Participants will also be matched with a relevant studio artist for an individual one-to-one mentoring session.

Chisenhale Art Place occupies a unique position in London’s East End art community, providing a distinctive platform for local and international artists and audiences. Founded in 1980 by artists determined to find their own premises, Chisenhale Art Place now houses three flourishing and distinct initiatives: Chisenhale Dance Space, Chisenhale Gallery and Chisenhale Studios. The studios provide affordable workspace to both established and emerging artists. Their work reflects the diversity of contemporary art practice and promotes a wider understanding of artistic practice and processes through open sharing events, projects and residencies.

The fourteen artists selected for Into the Wild will be expected to participate fully, attending all scheduled sessions each Monday for eight weeks starting late October 2016 and committing to involvement in events, learning activities and the residency, through to late October 2017. Participants will also be asked to present a collaborative document of their learning.

There is no fee required to participate in Into the Wild. Into the Wild is supported by Arts Council England and the artists at Chisenhale Studios.

Dates: Taught course runs every Monday from 24th October through 12th December 2016, 11am-5pm. Residencies will be in Spring 2017 (duration and location responding to each participant’s practice). Location: Chisenhale Studios at Chisenhale Art Place, 64-84 Chisenhale Rd, London E3 5QZ

Who can apply? Practicing UK based artists who have completed BA degree courses in the last one to three years (including 2016 graduates) and are keen to explore practical and inspiring ideas to develop and sustain their careers. We will also consider artists who have undertaken an equivalent level of training/education and are at the same stage in their careers. We will not consider artists who have completed an MA. Please do not apply if you cannot commit to participating fully.

Travel: A small travel bursary fund is available for artists travelling from beyond London. Please state on your application if you live outside London would like to be considered for this.

How to apply: Written proposals for a place on the programme must be received by noon on Wednesday 14th September 2016.

To submit application, or to request further information, please email:

Submission will ONLY be accepted in the following format:

Please combine all the information below into a single pdf, marked with your name at the top of the document and in the file name (i.e.firstnamelastnameITW.pdf). The PDF must not exceed 6 pages or 5MB file size.

1 Written proposal for a place on the programme that incorporates your answers to the following three questions (one A4 page only, minimum font size 11):

1.1 Why do you want to do this course at Chisenhale Art Place?

1.2 Why is it important at this stage of your career?

1.3 Name 3 things you have done since you left college.

2 Current CV. No more than two A4 pages giving current and relevant experience.

3 Supporting images/media. Text, media and images from previous/current projects (or illustrations of ideas for development). No more than three A4 pages, with images saved at a low resolution. It may be useful to annotate documentation with captions to give context. We will only view/listen to one minute of media content, so if submitting sound/video please give extracts or note which part you want us to look at.

Applications are due by noon on Wednesday 14th September. Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 20th September, and will then be asked to complete a creative task, before final selection is made. Selected applicants will be notified by 25th September and must be ready to start on Monday 26th October 2016.

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