Class 9 Tower pupils from Bridge Academy visit Céline Condorelli exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery. June 2014. Photo: Sam Ayre.
Chisenhale Gallery continues to be an essential resource for schools and colleges in east London. The gallery emphasises students’ engagement with contemporary art through an equal exploration of both ideas and processes. Schools can book visits to view exhibitions as part of the curriculum. Chisenhale Gallery staff can be on hand to assist teachers and to help facilitate learning activities. The studio space can be used for discussions and practical exercises, or as a base to store belongings.
Chisenhale Gallery Presents, is a series of artist presentations that take place in the classroom. The events are developed through on going conversations with teachers in local schools and engage students in artists’ practices and creative thinking. Recent presentations have been delivered by artists Milou Van der Maaden and Imran Perretta, Ayo Akingbade, William Glass, Leah Clements and Korallia Stergides.
The Creative Careers Day offers secondary school students the opportunity to hear from a broad range of creative professionals including artists, designers and architects. Presentations are followed by workshops offering young people advice about pursuing a career in the creative industries. Chisenhale Gallery ran two previous Creative Careers Days, in partnership with Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate School, in 2011 and 2014. In autumn 2017, the Creative Careers Day will be presented in partnership with Queen Mary University of London, where it will be hosted.
Chisenhale Gallery’s Schools strand builds uponA Sense of Place (2008-2011), a groundbreaking three year exchange programme for three secondary schools and for artists with specific interests in collaboration and direct engagement with social and cultural contexts. Artists including Public Works, Simon & Tom Bloor, Harold Offeh, Faisal Abdu’Allah, Barby Asante, Anna Lucas, Lottie Child, Yara El Sherbini, Ruth Ewan and Amalia Pica contributed to the programme.