Ten and a half and still going strong

CHELSEA space #61 -  Leslie Foxcroft: 'Corners'

CHELSEA space #61 – Leslie Foxcroft: ‘Corners’

Our 61st exhibition, Leslie Foxcroft: Corners, is now in its final week. This elegantly poised minimal installation helps us reflect not only on the excellent work of this highly respected artist but also on the architecture that it inhabits.

Leslie Foxcroft

Leslie Foxcroft ‘Defining’ 2015

The material language of MDF, screws and washers is unembellished and clear and Foxcroft’s title – Corners – is equally direct, showing us not only how these works beautifully articulate spaces that are usually ignored, but also pointing out that the walls of the main exhibiting area of CHELSEA space are not linked conventionally but, instead are two ‘L’ shapes separated by a glass window on one side and an entrance way on the other.

Leslie foxcroft installing

Leslie Foxcroft installing ‘Defining’ 2015 at CHELSEA space

Whilst we are dissappointed that the last day of our Leslie Foxcroft show is this Friday, we are delighted that Friday 30th October is also the first day of Leslie Foxcroft: Angles at Annely Juda Fine Art and we are looking forward to seeing this Dering Street installation. After Leslie’s show with us has finished we can take some consolation that we still have the very handsome small exhibition publication Drift that was produced by the artist for us in collaboration with our Public Programme Curator, Karen Di Franco, and Modern Activity. Copies of Drift will soon be available from our E-Store priced £5.

left: Gary Woodley Impingement #47 2005. right: partial reconstruction of Impingement # 47, 2015, curated by Anastasia Papaonisiforou

left: Gary Woodley Impingement #47 2005. right: partial reconstruction of Impingement # 47, 2015, curated by Anastasia Papaonisiforou

Leslie Foxcroft’s installation is part of a long term open series of site-specific and site-related shows that started with our inaugural show Gary Woodley Impingement #47 in 2005 and also includes Peter Downsbrough’s AND HERE + A PLACE TO BE. MA Curating and Collections graduate, Anastasia Papaonisiforou worked with Gary Woodley to partially reconstruct Impingement 47 at CHELSEA space as her graduation piece for the exhibition LIVE: Works from the Collections.

MA Curating & Collections students (2014-15) working with Clive Phillpot at CHELSEA space in 2015

MA Curating & Collections students (2014-15) working with Clive Phillpot at CHELSEA space in 2015

MA Curating and Collections students (2015-16) listening to curator Carol Tulloch at the Syd Shelton exhibition at Autograph

MA Curating and Collections students (2015-16) listening to curator Carol Tulloch at the Syd Shelton exhibition at Autograph

Although we didn’t hold a big 10th anniversary celebration like our Should I Stay Or Should I Go events for our 5th year, we were delighted that Anastasia marked the 10th year for us with the partial reconstruction of the Gary Woodley installation a decade after its original outing. The establishment of MA Curating and Collections, co-written by Dr David Dibosa and CHELSEA space Director, Donald Smith, was the big marker of the first 10 years; CHELSEA space has retained its autonomous exhibitions and events programme but the ethos, professional practice and exhibition history of CHELSEA space has now become part of curatorial pedagogy at Chelsea College of Arts.

artist Sarah Lucas (left) MA Curating and Collections student Giulia Ponzano who been working at the Venice Biennale

artist Sarah Lucas (left) with MA Curating and Collections graduate, Giulia Ponzano, who has been working at the Venice Biennale

outgoing Chelsea Arts Club Trust/CHELSEA space Research Fellow, Sinead Bligh (left) with new Fellow, Cherie Silver.

outgoing Chelsea Arts Club Trust/CHELSEA space Research Fellow, Sinead Bligh (left) with new Fellow, Cherie Silver.

Many of the 2014-15 cohort of students have already found curatorial and gallery roles, we wish them all well in the future and we welcome the new students. One of the MA Curating and Collections graduates, Cherie Silver has been awarded the Chelsea Arts Club Trust Research Fellowship and will be based with us at CHELSEA space. We are grateful to the outgoing Fellow, Sinead Bligh, who is currently working with the Barry Flanagan archive.

CHELSEA space's 2006 Bruce McLean poster displayed at Fig-2 at the ICA photo:Benjamin-Cosmo-Westoby

CHELSEA space’s 2006 Bruce McLean poster displayed at Fig-2 at the ICA, October 19th – 25th 2015. photo:Benjamin-Cosmo-Westoby

Bruce McLean interviewing himself at Fig 2 at the ICA

Bruce McLean interviewing himself at Fig-2 at the ICA photo: Benjamin  Cosmo Westoby         courtesy   Fig- 2

Ten and a half years into the CHELSEA space project it has been interesting and flattering to see our exhibition history and our role in instigating projects being acknowledged at other venues recently. Bruce McLean’s 2006 CHELSEA space show and self styled “process-spective” Process Progress Project Archive was evoked with a display of our poster as part of McLean’s Fig-2 at the ICA. McLean also kindly ackowledged the importance of our show with him during filming for his ‘interview’ with himself.

acknowledgement of Donald smith and CHELSEA space in the introductory text to Syd Shelton's Rock Against Racism show at Autograph ABP

introductory text to Syd Shelton’s Rock Against Racism show at Autograph ABP including acknowlegement to Donald Smith and CHELSEA space

private view for Syd Shelton 'Rock Against Racism' at Autograph

private view for Syd Shelton ‘Rock Against Racism’ at Autograph

CHELSEA space and Director, Donald Smith, were also acknowledged for our exhibition A Riot Of Our Own in the introductory text to Syd Shelton’s exhibition  Rock Against Racism at Autograph ABP.

Mo Throp discussing the forthcoming CHELSEA space show 'Can do' with MA Curating and Collections Students

Mo Throp discussing the forthcoming CHELSEA space show ‘Can do’ with MA Curating and Collections Students

Finally, we are looking forward to our forthcoming exhibition focussing on the Womens Art Library Magazine Archive entitled Can Do and curated by Mo Throp and Maria Walsh. The private view is on November 17th frm 6-8.30pm and we look forward to seeing you there.

CHELSEA space publications from our past shows are available from our E-Store