CHELSEA space was sad to hear the news of the death of Chris Sievey, better known as Frank Sidebottom. CHELSEA space Director Donald Smith said "Chris was a creative and unpredictable genius who helped shape the programme at CHELSEA space. His admirers included Bob and Roberta Smith and Jeremy Deller, and Matthew Higgs wrote a glowing review of Frank's show in Artforum - as Frank once sang "that's the wonder of cardboard". Our thoughts at this time are with Little Frank"
Antony Gormley's Critical Mass lands on the De La Warr pavilion
Whilst CHELSEA space considers the physical and administrative demands of Chelsea College of Art and Design’s Henry Moore sculpture Two Piece Reclining Figure 1959, De La Warr Pavillion curator and former CHELSEA space assistant Jane Won moves Anthony Gormley’s work onto the roof at Bexhill on Sea
CHELSEA space Director Donald Smith curates
Mick Jones' Rock & Roll Public Library
at the Gallery at Norwich University of the Arts
Mick Jones: The Rock & Roll Public Library
13th April - 22nd May
Gallery at Norwich University of the Arts
Francis House, 3-7 Redwell Street, Norwich NR2 4SN
[From the Press Release]
Mick Jones, iconic guitarist and songwriter with The Clash, Big Audio Dynamite and Carbon Silicon, has amassed an impressive collection of paraphernalia of performance and marketing materials of the bands he has worked with. This archive sits alongside a parallel general collection of books, magazines, videos, ephemera, toys and games which mark out his life, times and influences... see more in PDF
In September/October 2010 CHELSEA space will host an exhibition about the late Barney Bubbles, the influential designer whose iconic work for Stiff Records and Hawkwind inspired a revolution in graphic design. The show is curated by Bubbles’ biographer Paul Gorman, renowned author of the book and blog The Look: Adventures in Rock and Pop Fashion.
27 years after his tragic death, Barney Bubbles is now recognised as one of the most powerful influences on the development of graphic design. Paul Gorman will examine the extraordinary oeuvre of this mysterious figure who insisted on anonymity yet provided the visual identity for the counter-culture, new-wave and post-punk movements.
"Barney Bubbles is the missing link between pop and culture"
Paul Gorman is to present a lecture on Barney Bubbles on 10th March at University Campus Suffolk for more information visit here
A Riot of Our Own
A Riot of Our Own curated by Carol Tulloch, Syd Shelton, and Ruth Gregory and initiated at CHELSEA space in 2008 is to be shown as part of the East End Film Festival. Details as follows:
The East End Film Festival presents Riot, Race and Rock & Roll - Rock Against Racism 1976 - 1981
One of Syd Shelton's photgraphs from the A Riot of Our Own exhibition at CHELSEA space has been commissioned for the poster of a new film by Antonino d'Ambrosio entitled Let Fury Have The Hour.
artist and CHELSEA space assistant Clare Lewis's artwork was recently featured on the BBC website
Charlie Franklin Inside Out
Artist and Chelsea space assistant Charlie Franklin is curating and showing work in the forthcoming show:
49 Chiltern Street, London W1U 6LY
Opens 4th August - 1st October 2009
Jazzonia & the Harlem Diaspora
Jazz Tap Workshop
The history, the 1980s revival, the moves
With David Gothard (former artistic director of Riverside Studios)
and Annette Walker (anthropologist and 'hoofer').
Wednesday 29th July 2009
4pm - 6pm
Carol Tulloch and Syd Shelton reflect on their show
at CHELSEA space A Riot of Our Own
Wednesday 10th June 2009 5pm
The Lecture Theatre
University College Falmouth
Gary Woodley's plywood chairs
The plywood stools used in the current CHELSEA space exhibition Dematerialised: Jack Wendler Gallery 1971 to 1974, were designed by the artist Gary Woodley who made the inaugural exhibition at CHELSEA space, Impingement no. 47, March 5th – April 16th 2005.
at Tate Britain
Woodley currently has a major new work, Impingement no. 53 in the Duveen Galleries and Room 23 of Tate Britain as part of the exhibition Kettle's Yard curated by Kettle’s Yard Director, Michael Harrison.
Friday 1st May 2009 10am-10pm
Tuesday 28th - Thursday 30th April 2009
Tuesday 17th March 2009. 6 – 8.30pm
Exhibition continues: 18.03.09 – 18.04.09
Interview with Hana Noorali and Lynton Talbot of RUN Gallery.
CHELSEA space Director Donald Smith has bee appointed Chairman of the Trustees of the Chelsea Arts Club Trust, a registered charity set up in 1990 to encourage art and design education and support artists and designers.
Artist and CHELSEA space assistant Charlie Franklin is showing in
29 Thurloe Place, South Kengington
London SW7 2HQ
For more information please go to
On March 19th 2008 CHELSEA space director Donald Smith was invited to take part in 'Curatorial Independence' a panel discussion in the series 'Chelsea Conversations' organised by Sonya Dyer curator and co-ordinator of the Chelsea Programme.
The subject of the discussion was "What does 'curatorial independence' mean? Is it ever possible within the public sector? What strategies do curators employ to maintain / claim their independence?".
Panellists included Kwong Lee, (Director Castlefield Gallery), Andrew Hunt (Independent curator), Jen Wu (Temporary Contemporary and Inspire curatorial fellow, ICA) and Donald Smith, (Director of Chelsea Space) explore the issues, in a conversation chaired by Teresa Gleadowe.
For more information on this event and the Chelsea Programme go to
Joana Bastos & Nadine Puetz
Chelsea graduate Joana Bastos made reference to CHELSEA space in her recent MA show with accompanying text by curator Nadine Puetz
Work by 12 contemporary artists
Private view: 7th October 2008 6.30 - 8.30pm
Exhibition: 08.10.08 - 31.10.08
Hepworth Court, Grosvenor Waterside
Gatliff Road London SW1W 8QP
For more information please visit www.chelseafuturespace.org/blowmyskirtup
Artist and CHELSEA space assistant
Sophy Smith was exhibiting at West Eleven
Five at 5
22 - 29 September 2008
West Eleven 5 Blenheim Crescent, off Portobello Road
London W11 2EE
CHELSEA space originated exhibition When Marcel Met Motley opens at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
09.07.08 - 31.08.08
Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
The Zusammen Choir founded by artist and CHELSEA space assistant, Susan Forsyth, will be participating in the Homo Ludens Festival in Warsaw as part of Radioactive.
A Riot of Our Own curated by Carol Tulloch
From July 2nd to August 2nd CHELSEA space will be hosting A Riot of Our Own, a show of Syd Shelton's and Ruth Gregory's archive of the Rock Against Racism movement from 1976 until the early 1980's including their publication Temporary Hoarding and Syd's iconic photographs.
Artist and CHELSEA space assistant Susan Forsyth's animation can be viewed at YouTube.
30 November 2007 - 12 January 2008
Friday 16 November 2007 10:00 - 18:00
CHELSEA space Director Donald Smith and Bruce McLean have been invited to talk about the exhibition Process Progress Project Archive at a conference at Tate Britain.
Link to CHELSEA space archive:
Process Progress Project Archive 1966 - 2006
28 January - 11 March 2006
CHELSEA space are delighted to announce that Jane Won, CHELSEA space assistant and curator of Shin Azumi and Norman McLaren and When Marcel Met Motley, has been appointed Assistant Curator at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex.
Artist and CHELSEA space assistant
Donna Marris' website
Friday 3rd August 2007 18:00 - 22:00
Director of Exhibitions Donald Smith is co-curating the Late at Tate Britain in collaboration with Adrian Shaw from Tate.
Group exhibition made by Donald Smith
RUN gallery, 30th June to 29th July 2007
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