A Busy, Happy Ending to 2015: recent news and a round up of the year
Tags: Alice Channer, Annabel Nicolson, Art and Language, Autograph ABP, Bruce McLean, Cally Spooner, Can Do: Photographs and other material from the Women's Art Library Magazine Archive, Carlyle Reedy, Cherie Silver, David Dibosa, Diana Chire, Ed Ruscha, Eddie Farrell, Elena Crippa, Elisa Kay, Fig 2, Gary Woodley, George Henry Longly, Hana Noorali, Hope Plescia, Ice Trade, InIVA, Isobel Harbison, Jim Dine, Jo Melvin, Karen Di Franco, Kim Dhillon, Lisa Le Feuvre, London College of Communication, Lynton Talbot, MA Curating and Collections, Maria Walsh, Marie Yates, Matt Packer, Melanie Keen, Mo Throp, Neal White, performance and text, Phyllida Barlow, Stedelijk Museum, Suzannah Pettigrew, Syd Shelton, With Words Like Smoke, www.artlyst.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
Happy New Year and Happy New Reading – CHELSEA space publications from our past shows are available from our E-Store