The end of our blue period, a wedding in Zagreb, and a private view for Grenville Davey

Director of Tate Modern, Chris Dercon, in CHELSEA space's Almost Bliss installation

Director of Tate Modern, Chris Dercon, in CHELSEA space’s Almost Bliss installation

Our show Almost Bliss: Notes on Derek Jarman’s Blue finally came to an end, the blue vinyl was removed from the windows and the strange effects of the blue gels vanished in the daylight. The commemorations of the life and work of the late Derek Jarman continue throughout the year with international film screenings and exhibitions but the finale of the London season of events marking the 20th anniversary of Jarman’s death was  a unique screening of Blue at the IMAX cinema on London’s Southbank.

Blue shadows created by the Almost Bliss windows

Blue shadows created by the Almost Bliss windows

Almost Bliss entrance space

Almost Bliss entrance space

Donald Smith removing the blue vinyl from the Almost Bliss window

Donald Smith removing the vinyl from the Almost Bliss window

blue vinyl

blue vinyl from the windows

Grenville Davey works awaiting installation

Grenville Davey art works awaiting installation

Whilst it is sometimes hard to see a show go, it is always reinvigorating  to clear the space and start to install the next one. Brilliant new works by Grenville Davey were delivered and the installation of Interalia 2014 transformed CHELSEA space once more.

Grenville Davey watches artist Mike Iveson installing Untitled 2010-2014

Grenville Davey watches artist Mike Iveson installing Untitled 2010-2014

curator Daisy McMullan and artist Grenville Davey selecting drawings

curator Daisy McMullan and artist Grenville Davey selecting drawings for the show at CHELSEA space

Donald Smith and Grenville Davey installing maquettes in the Entrance space

Donald Smith and Grenville Davey installing maquettes in the Entrance space

Grenville Davey and Mike Iveson installing Eye 2014

Grenville Davey and Mike Iveson installing Eye 2014

framing drawings

framing drawings

Grenville Davey during the installation

Grenville Davey oversees the installation

Lynton Talbot and Hana Noorali during their wedding celebrations at the Esplanade Hotel Zagreb

Lynton Talbot and Hana Noorali during their wedding celebrations at the Esplanade Hotel Zagreb

In between the installing of the show and the private view, CHELSEA space Director, Donald Smith, travelled to Croatia for the wedding of our good friends Hana Noorali and Lynton Talbot in Zagreb. Hana and Lynton, along with Elena Crippa, curated our brilliant 5th year anniversary exhibitions and events Should I Stay Or Should I Go in 2010 as the curatorial collective RUN. The two have been integral to CHELSEA space since our first shows in 2005 and also invited Donald Smith to curate a show at RUN Gallery entitled 3 Things in 2007, information on which can be found in our Old News Archive. We wish Hana and Lynton every success and happiness in the future.

poster for Laibach in Zabgreb

poster for Laibach in Zagreb

Donald caught up with several wedding guests who have shown or curated shows at CHELSEA space including artist Cally Spooner who conceived and directed the 3 day event December 1952 for us in 2009,  gallerist Laure Genillard who curated Aftermath: Objects From Projects  for us in 2011, and artist Florian Roithmayr who featured in our 2007 exhibition Ice Trade. On a walk around Zagreb Donald was also pleased to come across a gig poster for Laibach who featured in our exhibitions  Neue Slowenische Kunst 1984-1992  and Red White and Blue: Pop | Punk | Politics | Place.

private view for Grenville Davey Interalia 2014

private view for Grenville Davey Interalia 2014

Brad Faine, Dan Faine, Leslie Foxcroft and Alan Charlton

Brad Faine, Dan Faine, Leslie Foxcroft and Alan Charlton

artist Grenville Davey and scientist Dr David Berman discuss T-Duality

artist Grenville Davey and scientist Dr David Berman discuss T-Duality

The Private view for Grenville Davey Interalia 2014 on Tuesday 22nd April was a great event and a coming together of the art and science communities. Grenville has recently undertaken residences at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge  and the Centre for Research in String Theory, Queen Mary University of London   where he has been exchanging ideas with Dr David Berman. We are very lucky that the two have agreed to take part in an In Conversation event for us in the Lecture Theatre of Chelsea College of Arts on Thursday 22nd May. The event runs from 6-7.30pm and is free and open to all but RSVP is essential. Please RSVP to info@chelseaspace.org

David Dibosa and Faisal Abdu'Allah

writer/curator/educator David Dibosa with artist Faisal Abdu’Allah

actor Dudley Sutton with artists Crispin Chetwynd and Grenville Davey

actor Dudley Sutton with artists Crispin Chetwynd and Grenville Davey

artists Peter Fillingham and Sinead Bligh

artists Peter Fillingham and Sinead Bligh

private view promenade on the Parade Ground

private view promenade on the Parade Ground

Publications for CHELSEA space exhibitions are available from our E Store