I am really lucky to have the Chisenhale Gallery right on my doorstep. It occupies a part renovated 1930s veneer factory with Chisenhale Road on one side and the Hertford Union Canal on the other. The veneer factory and Godson’s brewery industrial buildings have been occupied by three organisations Chisenhale Gallery, Chisenhale Dance Space and Chisenhale Art Place Trust (CAPT) since 1980.
Chisenhale Art Place is a unique centre for artists, art production, education, performance and exhibition. They have an annual open weekend which is well worth a visit.
Considering I live just around the corner I really don’t visit enough so the kids and I went along to a coffee morning recently (thank you to the East End Women’s Institute for the cake) and had a look at the Ed Atkins exhibition. Unfortunately it was brief as my 2 year old was a little freaked out by the talking heads. Us Dead Talk Love is his largest solo exhibition to date and consists of a two-channel video work and surround-sound installation. Atkins describes the work as ‘a tragedy of love, intimacy, incoherence and eyelashes.’
Ed Atkins, Us Dead Talk Love, 2012, installation view, Chisenhale Gallery. Photo: Andy Keate.Courtesy of the artist and Cabinet, London
The gallery works closely with the local community and organises family workshops and events. Unfortunately I missed the last one but we’re really hoping to attend the next.
Artists participating in the 2012/13 programme include, Mariana Castillo Deball, Helen Marten, Pratchaya Phinthong, Nick Relph, Corin Sworn, Nasrin Tabatabai and Babak Afrassiabi, Cara Tolmie and Jordan Wolfson.
Us Dead Talk Love
21 September – 11 November 2012
23 November 2012 – 27 January 2013
Preview: Thursday 22 November 2012, 6.30 – 8.30pm
8 February – 24 March 2013
Preview: Thursday 6 February 2013, 6.30 – 8.30pm
The Chisenhale shop has some fantastic limited edition prints for sale