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Thank you to everyone who joined us last Thursday for a talk by Peter Shand, Head of School, Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland, and for an evening viewing of Luke Willis Thompson’s autoportrait as part of First Thursdays, when the gallery remains open until 9pm on the first Thursday of each month. Images are from the event, by Manuela Barczewski. 

Please join us on Saturday 15 July, 2pm for a talk by Orit Gat, a London and New York-based writer on contemporary art and digital culture and contributing editor of The White Review. Gat will respond to Luke Willis Thompson’s new commission, autoportrait, discussing the difference between photo, image and event, and reflecting on the anxiety of sharing online. The event is free to attend but booking is recommended. To reserve a place, please visit our Eventbrite page here. Forthcoming events programmed in association with Thompson’s exhibition include a screening of Portrait of Jason (Shirley Clarke, 1967) presented in association with MUBI, on Thursday 27 July, 7pm, and an introduction to the exhibition by Emma Moore, Offsite and Education Curator at Chisenhale Gallery, on Thursday 3 August, 7pm. Please click here for more information on all of the events.   

Congratulations to Maeve Brennan for the opening of her exhibition, The Driftat Spike Island, Bristol, last Friday. The Drift (2017) was produced by Chisenhale Gallery and Spike Island, and commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery; Spike Island; The Whitworth, The University of Manchester; and Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore. The film premiered at Chisenhale Gallery in March this year. To watch a trailer for The Drift on our website, please click here. 

Chisenhale Gallery trustee Mark Godfrey has curated Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, alongside fellow Curator Zoe Whitley and the Tate Modern team. The exhibition features works by over 60 artists spanning the period 1963 to 1983. The exhibition opens to the public on Wednesday, and continues until 22 October. Chisenhale programme alumni, former Chisenhale Gallery Trustee and 2017 Turner Prize nominee Rosalind Nashashibi’s film, Jack Straw’s Castle, will be showing at LUX, London as a solo exhibition opening on Sunday 16 July and continuing until 2 September. Chisenhale programme alumnus Eddie Peake is leading A Constellation of Performative Acts, curated by Chisenhale Gallery Development Committee member Milovan Farronato, at Volcano Extravaganza 2017 – I Polpi, in Naples and Stromboli, Italy.

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