Established in 2005, CHELSEA space is a public exhibiting space where invited art and design professionals are encouraged to work on experimental curatorial projects that may not otherwise be realised.
The programme is international and interdisciplinary covering art, design and popular culture. The emphasis is on curatorial experimentation, the exposure of process and ideas, and re-readings of artworks, collections and archives and their re-presentation for contemporary audiences. CHELSEA space is a platform for discussion and questions rather than definitive answers.
CHELSEA space's most dominant architectural feature is its large plate glass window. For this reason the exhibiting space will never be a white cube but instead operates as a vitrine or an animated screen. The ethos at CHELSEA space is welcoming - a meeting place where informal social networks can develop.
CHELSEA space is sited on the Millbank campus of Chelsea College of Arts, next to Tate Britain, and provides open access to the widest possible audiences.
2014 will see the introduction of the Exhibition Studio Workshop into CHELSEA space, which will show a changing selection of works and objects from the CHELSEA space, Chelsea College of Arts Library and Special Collections, in addition to the established exhibition programme. The Exhibition Studio Workshop is the practice-based strand of the new MA Curating and Collections postgraduate taught course which will give students the opportunity to work within the professional gallery environment. This unique workshop will engage students in live curatorial practice within a renowned public space.
CHELSEA space exhibitions and events are programmed up to two years in advance on the invitation of the Director who then works closely with the CHELSEA space team and any collaborating individuals and organisations to develop and realise our projects.
CHELSEA space does not accept proposals and will not return work if it is submitted.
Sketchbook Magazine: The Chelsea Bench Analogy
9 January 2010
Neil Stewart refers to CHELSEA space in his review The Unnameable in ArtSEEN Summer 2007
Director of Exhibitions Donald Smith talks to
Cecilia Wee in Three Accounts of Autonomy in London Galleries in Printed Project issue 08
Donald Smith talks to Vernissage TV about CHELSEA space
Chelsea College of Art and Design is part of University of the Arts London