A Sense Of Place
January 2009 - July 2011

A Sense of Place, (2008-2011) a 3-year exchange programme helping schools meet the Cultural Offer.

An ambitious flagship exchange programme for three secondary schools in Tower Hamlets - Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate School, St. Paul’s Way Trust School and Langdon Park School - and for artists with specific interests in collectivism, collaboration and direct engagement with social and cultural contexts. The programme explores models of cross curriculum and cross-school learning, new methods for artists to work in collaboration with teachers and develops approaches to meet the cultural offer. As a theme, A Sense of Place focuses on exploring the changing state of the East End, in particular Tower Hamlets’ relationship to the Olympics 2012, and in so doing develops new methods to engage local schools with local cultural facilities.

A Sense of Place has now come to an end. In April 2013 we published an online publication which reviews and documents the programme’s achievements, and aims to share with others – particularly artists, curators and teachers – some of the insights discovered along the way. Click here for more information and to download.

In June 2012 we held an event to discuss key ideas surrounding A Sense of Place, for more information click here.

In Year 1 we worked with artists Simon and Tom Bloor, Public Works and Harold Offeh. To see the work produced in Year 1 please click here.

In Year 2 Chisenhale Gallery worked with artist Ruth Ewan who worked across the three schools with a focus on investigating the past and present struggles of East London. To see the work produced in Year 2 please click here. As an outcome to her residency, in July 2010 Ruth Ewan presented Dreadnoughts, a series of guided walking tours around East London. For more information about the public outcome of this project click here.

In Year 3 artist Amalia Pica was commissioned to work across the three schools, the research the culminated the offsite art work I am Tower of Hamlets, as I am in Tower of Hamlets, just like a lot of other people are (2011-12). For more information about this please click here.

Chisenhale Gallery has received an investment from Deutsche Bank and Arts & Business to develop their education programme. The Arts & Business Investment Programme is funded by Arts Council England.

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