exhibition archive

News and More - archive news from before the CHELSEA space blog


Frank Sidebottom

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"

#15 Frank Sidebottom CHELSEA space is Ace!
04.07.07 - 04.08.07


Frank Sidebottom at Performance




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

Body count: Antony Gormley's Critical Mass lands on the De La Warr pavilion
gardian.co.uk Friday 14 May 2010

Antony Gormley's Critical Mass




Mick JonesMick Jones

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




Barney BubblesBarney Bubbles

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.

#34 PROCESS: The working practices of Barney Bubbles
curated by Paul Gorman
14.09.10 – 23.10.10

"Barney Bubbles is the missing link between pop and culture"
Peter Saville

Paul Gorman is to present a lecture on Barney Bubbles on 10th March at University Campus Suffolk for more information visit here




Syd SheltonA 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

  1. A Riot Of Our Own Exhibition 23rd - 30th April
    Vibe Gallery, The Old Truman Brewery
    Brick Lane, E1
    Private opening night 23rd April 6.30pm - 9pm
    (Speakers and Jerry Dammers on the decks)
    see press release (PDF)
  2. RAR Round Table hosted by either Mark Steel
    at the gallery and bar.
    Monday 26th April 2010 with a bit of music afterwards.
    Panel to include
    Syd Shelton
    Ruth Gregory
    Red Saunders
    Lucy Toothpaste
    Kate Webb
    Roger Huddle
    Wayne Minter
    Gurinder Chadha
    Don Letts
    Shane Meadows
    Jerry Dammers
    Tom Robinson
  3. Film Who Shot The Sheriff new edit.
    93 Feet East, Brick Lane - club opposite the gallery.
    7pm - 11pm. Film and gig.




Babak Ghazi

Visit the website of artist Babak Ghazi (www.babakghazi.com) which
includes his work from The Affirmation curated by Andrew Hunt
at CHELSEA space in November/December 2007.




Syd Shelton

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.











Clare Lewis

artist and CHELSEA space assistant Clare Lewis's artwork was recently featured on the BBC website

Saplings represent stab victims (PDF)









Charlie Franklin Inside Out

Artist and Chelsea space assistant Charlie Franklin is curating and showing work in the forthcoming show:

Inside Out
GV Art
49 Chiltern Street, London W1U 6LY

Opens 4th August - 1st October 2009


press release / invite (PDF) 




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

Free Admission






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
Woodlane Campus
University College Falmouth









Gary Woodley's plywood chairs

in Dematerialised

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.






coming soon to CHELSEA space -
ECONOMY by Ian Whittlesea

Friday 1st May 2009 10am-10pm


See the Press Release







coming soon to CHELSEA space -
December 1952 by Earle Brown

Directed by Cally Spooner

Tuesday 28th - Thursday 30th April 2009


See the Press Release





coming soon to CHELSEA space -
Mick Jones: The Rock & Roll Public Library

Private View:
Tuesday 17th March 2009. 6 – 8.30pm

Exhibition continues: 18.03.09 – 18.04.09


See the Press Release


The Independent: London calling for Jones' Clash show (PDF)

Uncut online preview (PDF) / NME.com preview / allgigs.co.uk preview (PDF)





RUN Gallery WHITEHOT Magazine

January 2009
Interview with Hana Noorali and Lynton Talbot of RUN Gallery.

Read the article











Chelsea Arts Club Trust logo Chelsea Arts Club Trust

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.








Charlie Franklin

Propeller IslandPropeller Island

Artist and CHELSEA space assistant Charlie Franklin is showing in

Propeller Island /An Evolving Art Space

29 Thurloe Place, South Kengington
London SW7 2HQ


For more information please go to






Curatorial Independence

CHELSEA space exterior view
Teresa Gleadowe, Jen Wu, and Donald Smith

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




CHELSEA space exterior view 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

Text by Nadine Puetz

Images by Joana Bastos







Blow My Skirt Up at Chelsea Futurespace Blow My Skirt Up at Chelsea Futurespace

Work by 12 contemporary artists


Private view: 7th October 2008 6.30 - 8.30pm

Exhibition: 08.10.08 - 31.10.08


Chelsea Futurespace
Hepworth Court, Grosvenor Waterside
Gatliff Road London SW1W 8QP


For more information please visit www.chelseafuturespace.org/blowmyskirtup




Sophy SmithSophy Smith

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

See invitation


Sophy Smith website





When Marcel Met Motley exhibition at V&AWhen Marcel Met Motley at V&A

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


Invitation (PDF) / Text




The Zusammen ChoirThe Zusammen Choir

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.

See: MySpace for The Zusammen Choir










Syd Shelton 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.


Related links on BBC website:
Did music fight racism?
Rock Against Racism






Susan Forsyth

Artist and CHELSEA space assistant Susan Forsyth's animation can be viewed at YouTube.











Galerie Lorenz invitationGalerie Lorenz

30 November 2007 - 12 January 2008

CHELSEA space web designer and artist
Shoko Maeda was showing at
Galerie Lorenz in Frankfurt, Germany.










The Archival Impulse: Artists and ArchivesStudy Day at Tate Britain

The Archival Impulse: Artists and Archives

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






Jane Won photoJane Won

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.











Donna Marris websiteDonna Marris

Artist and CHELSEA space assistant
Donna Marris' website










Late at Tate posterLate at Tate:

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.

Late at Tate Poster / Itinery









3Things invitation3Things

Group exhibition made by Donald Smith

RUN gallery, 30th June to 29th July 2007

Invitation / Press Release / List of Works
Installation views









Shoko Maeda CHELSEA space website

Site created by Shoko Maeda