A Busy, Happy Ending to 2015: recent news and a round up of the year

Christmas Tree at CHELSEA space - stacked benches designed by Gary Woodley for CHELSEA space in 2010 and a mirrorball from the exhibition Neal White: Fieldworks in the Museum of the Void

Christmas Tree at CHELSEA space – stacked benches designed by Gary Woodley for CHELSEA space in 2010 and a mirrorball from the exhibition Neal White: Fieldworks in the Museum of the Void (2009)

It has been another great year for CHELSEA space, thank you to everyone  who has exhibited, visited, participated or contributed, we are grateful for your continuing support. We have done a lot in the past twelve months but we’ve kept the energy flowing and have ended the year with a string of activities.

MA Curating and Collections students screen films at their

MA Curating and Collections students screen films at their Protest Performance Body event at CHELSEA space

On the penultimate day of our exhibition Can Do: photographs and other material from the Women’s Art Journal Archive curators from Chelsea’s MA Curating & Collections course organised an evening of screenings and discussions in CHELSEA space. The event was entitled Protest Performance Body and featured screenings by artists Suzannah Pettigrew, Hope Plescia and Diana Chire. With the backdrop of the Can Do exhibition these screenings and discussions were an interesting contemporary response to the Women’s Art Library Magazine Archive.

poster for Fran Bailey's zine reading event

poster for the What We Do Is Secret  zine reading event at CHELSEA space

On Friday 11th December, MA Curating and Collections organised a series of readings from feminist zines from the London College of Communication Library’s zine collection as the first part of the Protest Performance Body events.

Lisa Le Feuvre and Phyllida Barlow in conversation at Chelsea 10.12.15

Lisa Le Feuvre and Phyllida Barlow in conversation at Chelsea 10.12.15

One day earlier, on Thursday  10th December,  we hosted an ‘in conversation’ between artist Phyllida Barlow and curator, writer and Head of Sculpture Studies at the Henry Moore Institute, Lisa Le Feuvre. The talk was a huge success, open and uncompromising, giving us great insights into Phyllida Barlow’s work and ideas and a no-bars-held account of what sculpture means to these two important and thoroughly engaging figures.

Art & Language's Michael Baldwin and Mel Ramsden with gallerist and  collector Eric Fabre in conversation with Dr Jo Melvin

Art & Language’s Michael Baldwin and Mel Ramsden with gallerist and collector Eric Fabre in conversation with Dr Jo Melvin

At the start of the week, on 7th December, Dr Joanna Melvin presented a screening of Art and Language’s Qui Pourra, 2007 followed by a panel discussion with Michael Baldwin and Mel Ramsden from Art and Language with gallerist and collector Eric Fabre. This short film focuses on the studio and Art & Language’s collaborative dialogic practice. The film uses as its starting point Courbet’s The Artist’s Studio; A real allegory summing up seven years of my artistic and moral life, 1854-55, and a lively discussion ensued.

MA Curating and Collections student Chelsea Jackson installing framed images for the Can Do exhibition at CHELSEA space

MA Curating and Collections students installing framed images for the Can Do exhibition at CHELSEA space

The production of the Art and Language event was undertaken by students of MA Curating and Collections. Now in its second year, this MA course was co-written by CHELSEA space Director, Donald Smith, and writer and curator, Dr David Dibosa. Supported by our Public Programme Curator, Karen Di Franco, our Research Fellow, Cherie Silver, and our Technical Consultant, artist Mike Iveson, Donald Smith acts as ‘practitioner in residence’; CHELSEA space retains the autonomy and integrity of its programme whilst its activities form part of the ‘professional practice’ element of curatorial studies. The course team is completed by curator Lynton Talbot as Senior Lecturer, curator and writer Dr Joanna Melvin as Reader in Collections and Archives and Dr David Dibosa as Principal Lecturer and Course Director. It has been a good year for David Dibosa who has recently embarked on a large scale research project as co-investigator for Black Artists and Modernism whilst Jo Melvin has recently curated Christine Koslov: Information No Theory at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds.

L-R: Karen Di Franco, Cherie Silver and Lisa Le Feuvre

L-R: Karen Di Franco, Cherie Silver and Lisa Le Feuvre

We are also delighted to announce that our Research Fellow, Cherie Silver, has recently been appointed as Senior Gallery Assistant, embedding her further into our core team. Meanwhile, our Public Programme Curator, Karen Di Franco, has recently embarked on a PhD with Tate and Reading University, researching artists’ publishing. Alongside  Elisa Kay, Karen is also co-curating our forthcoming show  The sun went in, the fire went out: landscapes in film, performance and text featuring Annabel Nicolson, Carlyle Reedy and Marie Yates. The private view is on January 26th and the show runs until March 4th which, coincidently, is the same date as the private view for Gary Woodley: Impingement No. 47 – CHELSEA space’s inaugural exhibition in 2005!

curator Lynton Talbot (left) with gallerist Laure Genillard and artist Stephen Willats at CHELSEA space

curator Lynton Talbot (left) with gallerist Laure Genillard and artist Stephen Willats at CHELSEA space

Lynton Talbot and Hana Noorali who, with Elena Crippa, curated our 5th anniversary shows and events entitled Should I Stay Or Should I Go , recently curated The Boys The Girls and the Political  at the Lisson Gallery. This intelligent show received positive reviews in several journals including Frieze. We are delighted that Lynton Talbot and Hana Noorali will return to curate an exhibition at CHELSEA space in 2016.

Dancers performing Earl Brown December 1952 Directed by Cally Spooner at CHELSEA space in 2009

Dancers performing ‘Earle Brown December 1952’ directed by Cally Spooner at CHELSEA space in 2009. Artworks by Alice Channer

Ice Trade 2007 installation view with work by George Henry Longly (far left on the floor)

Ice Trade 2007 installation view with work by George Henry Longly (floor – far left)

The Boys the Girls and the Political was a large group show and featured two artists who have shown at CHELSEA space in the past: George Henry Longly , who featured in Ice Trade curated by Matt Packer and Kim Dhillon in 2007, and Cally Spooner who directed Earle Brown: December 1952 at CHELSEA space in 2009 and exhibited and performed in With Words Like Smoke curated by Isobel Harbison in 2010. From 16th January to the 13th March the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam will be showing Cally Spooner’s “immersive five-channel film installation” And You Were Wonderful On Stage

Bruce McLean interviews himself at the ICA studio for Fig-2 filmed by collaborator Eddie Farrell

Bruce McLean interviews himself at the ICA studio for Fig-2 filmed by collaborator Eddie Farrell. McLean’s 2006 CHELSEA space poster hangs on the wall. photograph: Benjamin Cosmo Westoby courtesy fig-2

Bruce McLean poster for his exhibition at CHELSEA space in 2006 shown at the ICA, London

Bruce McLean poster for his exhibition at CHELSEA space in 2006 shown in Fig-2 at the ICA studio, London 2015

As we mentioned in our last blog, CHELSEA space was proud to be name-checked in two other London venues this year, firstly at Bruce McLean’s week-long interview with himself for fig-2  at the ICA where McLean’s poster for his 2006 CHELSEA space show Process Progress Projects Archive  was hung on the wall of the ICA studio. McLean’s self-interview was filmed by his long time collaborator Eddie Farrell whose films and performances have featured in several CHELSEA space shows since 2005.

Syd Shelton photographs from his Rock Against Racism show at Autograph  ABP

Syd Shelton photographs from his Rock Against Racism show at Autograph ABP

We were also acknowledged in the introductory text panel for Syd Shelton’s exhibition at Autograph ABP for giving Shelton’s Rock Against Racism photographs and graphics their first showing in the A Riot of Our Own exhibition at CHELSEA space in 2008. Finally, Donald Smith was honoured to be included for the 5th year running in the Artlyst Alternative Power 100.

CHELSEA space director Donald Smith with artist Ed Ruscha

Donald Smith with artist Ed Ruscha at CHELSEA space 2015. Photo: Clive Phillpot

We have enjoyed welcoming everyone to Millbank this year, it has been good to see old friends and make new ones and we have had some interesting and enjoyable times.  We would like to extend a special thanks to people and institutions who have been particularly helpful in making our exhibitions and public programme possible this year:

Clive Phillpot, Ed Ruscha, Lawrence Weiner, The National Maritime Museum, Michael Bracewell, Sarah Dobai, Tom McCarthy, David Campany, ICA; William Allen, The Estate of Ken Cox, Nicholas Logsdail, Matt O’dell, Lisson Gallery Archive, Lynton Talbot, Keith Collins, Estate of Derek Jarman, Jo Melvin; David Batchelor, Alfredo Jaar, Francis Thorburn, Gary Woodley; Liz Ward, Rahul Patel, Gustavo Grandal Montero, Melanie Keen, Keith Piper, Paul Goodwin, Mykaell Riley; Leslie Foxcroft, Annely Juda Fine Art; Mo Throp, Maria Walsh, Althea Greenan; Dr David Dibosa, Martin Newth, Lucy Beech, Hana Noorali, Phyllida Barlow and Lisa Le Feuvre.

Here are a few more images from 2015,  we wish everyone the best for the new year and we look forward to seeing you at CHELSEA space soon!

Phyllida Barlow and Lisa Le Feuvre in the Can Do exhibition at CHELSEA space December 2015

Phyllida Barlow and Lisa Le Feuvre in the Can Do exhibition at CHELSEA space December 2015

2014-15 MA Curating and Collections students with Clive Phillpot installing 'In Peril On The Sea'. January 2015

2014-15 MA Curating and Collections students with Clive Phillpot installing ‘In Peril On The Sea’. January 2015

artist David Tremlett with MA Curating and Collections students October 2015

artist David Tremlett with MA Curating and Collections students at the Leslie Foxcroft opening, October 2015

Jim Dine at Chelsea. photo: Donald Smith

American Pop Artist, Jim Dine at Chelsea, November 2015. photo: Donald Smith

Leslie Foxcroft (foreground) installing her show with Cherie Silver and Mike Iveson. September 2015

Leslie Foxcroft (foreground) installing her show with Cherie Silver and Mike Iveson. September 2015

Cherie Silver and Yun Teng Seet prepare Yinka Shonibare's 'House' for the Re:Recordings exhibition. June 2015

Cherie Silver and Yun Teng Seet prepare Yinka Shonibare’s ‘House’ for the Re:Recordings exhibition. June 2015

Margaret Cox with Lisson Gallery's Nicholas Logsdail at the Ken Cox show at CHELSEA space April 2015

Margaret Cox with Lisson Gallery’s Nicholas Logsdail at the Ken Cox show at CHELSEA space April 2015

William Allen and friends

William Allen (left) and friends. Ken Cox private view, April 2015

artist Keith Piper with academic and former Steel Pulse Frontman, Mykaell Riley at the Re:Recordings exhibition at CHELSEA space

artist Keith Piper with academic and former Steel Pulse Frontman, Mykaell Riley, at the Re:Recordings exhibition at CHELSEA space. July 2015

Virginia Whiles deep in conversation with Guy Brett at the Ken Cox exhibition in April 2015

Virginia Whiles deep in conversation with writer and curator Guy Brett at the Ken Cox exhibition in April 2015

artist Sonia Boyce with archivist/curator Liz Ward during Re: Recordings July 2015

artist Sonia Boyce with archivist/curator Liz Ward during Re: Recordings July 2015

artist Leslie Foxcroft with Nigel Carrington, Vice Chancellor of University of the Arts London at the private view of Foxcroft's show at CHELSEA space in October 2015

artist Leslie Foxcroft with Nigel Carrington, Vice Chancellor of University of the Arts London at the private view of Foxcroft’s show at CHELSEA space in October 2015

Gary Woodley re-installing part of Impingment No.47 2005 in a partial recontruction for 'LIVE" in 2015

Gary Woodley re-installing part of Impingment No.47 2005 in a partial recontruction for ‘LIVE” in 2015

curator, writer and former Librarian of the Museum of Modern Art New York with Gallerist and Trustee of the Henry Moore Foundation, Laure Genillard

curator, writer and former Librarian of the Museum of Modern Art New York, Clive Phillpot, with gallerist and Trustee of the Henry Moore Foundation, Laure Genillard at the private view for Phillpot’s ‘In Peril On The Sea’ . January 2015

Tate's Andrew Wilson with a Ken Cox Ballon sculpture at CHELSEA  space in April 2015

Tate’s Andrew Wilson with a Ken Cox Ballon sculpture at CHELSEA space in April 2015

Sinead Bligh working on the install for the Ken Cox exhibition. April 2015

Sinead Bligh working on the install for the Ken Cox exhibition. April 2015

Donald Smith and David Dibosa at leaving drinks with some of the 2014-15 Cohort of MA Curating and Collections

Donald Smith and David Dibosa at leaving drinks with some of the 2014-15 Cohort of MA Curating and Collections

curator and academic Prof. Stephen Bann with artist Stephen Willats

curator and academic, Prof. Stephen Bann, with artist Stephen Willats

the new Director of InIVA, Melanie Keen (foreground), and artist artist Sonia Boyce at Re: Recordings at CHELSEA space in July 2015

the new Director of InIVA, Melanie Keen (foreground), and artist Sonia Boyce at Re: Recordings at CHELSEA space in July 2015

Hana Noorali, Jo Melvin, Virginia Whiles, Gabriel Loy, Leslie Foxcroft and Lynton Talbot at the opening of In Peril On The Sea January 2015

Hana Noorali, Jo Melvin, Virginia Whiles, Gabriel Loy, Leslie Foxcroft and Lynton Talbot at the opening of In Peril On The Sea. January 2015

Mo Throp, Mike Iveson (far left) and Maria Walsh (4th from right) with students of MA Curating and Collections during the install of Can Do, November 2015

Mo Throp, Mike Iveson (far left) and Maria Walsh (4th from right) with students of MA Curating and Collections during the install of Can Do, November 2015

Happy New Year and Happy New Reading – CHELSEA space publications from our past shows are available from our E-Store