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Thank you to everyone who joined us last week for Lydia Ourahmane in conversation with Venetia Porter, Assistant Keeper (Curator), Islamic and contemporary Middle East at the British Museum,when they discussed Ourahmane’s previous work in relation to her new commission at Chisenhale Gallery. Images are from the event, by Manuela Barczewski. You can now listen back to Youssef Ourahmane responding to Lydia Ourahmane’s exhibition, expanding on the narrative behind Ourahmane’s new work, In the Absence of our Mothers (2015-18), part of her new Chisenhale Gallery commission, here.  

Please join us on Friday 9 February, 9.00-10.30am for an early morning viewing of Lydia Ourahmane’s exhibition, The you in us, with an introduction to the work by Eliel Jones, Curatorial Assistant: Commissions, at Chisenhale Gallery. Coffee and cakes are generously provided by the East End Women’s Institute. This event is free to attend.  

As part of our Stop Play Record programmeplease also join us on Saturday 10 February, 2pm, for a workshop led by the London School of Sound to learn about sound recording on location, where participants will gain hands-on experience on the practicalities of setting up and recording a short scene. This event is free to attend but booking is recommended. To reserve a place please visit our Eventbrite page here.  

We are now recruiting for a full time Curatorial Assistant: Commissions at Chisenhale Gallery. This role is the second of two opportunities this year to take part in the Gallery’s renowned Curatorial Trainee Programme, which provides outstanding training, structured mentoring and professional development for emerging curators. The Curatorial Assistant: Commissions role is designed to provide hands on training in curating, programme planning and research, commissioning and producing projects, liaising directly with artists, installation and de-installation of exhibitions, communications, fundraising, event management and a comprehensive overview of gallery operations. To find out more and to download an Application Pack, please click here.  

Chisenhale Gallery would like to congratulate programme alumni Alex Baczynski-Jenkins and current programme participant Lydia Ourahmane on being awarded Arts Foundation 25th Anniversary Fellowships, as well as alumni Maeve Brennan and Luke Willis Thompson for being nominated for the awards. Chisenhale programme alumni with exhibitions opening this week include Cornelia Parker, who is unveiling a new series of works commissioned in response to the 2017 General Election, going on public display in Westminster Hall from today until early Spring, and Eddie Peake, whose solo exhibition, Concrete Pitch, opens at White Cube tomorrow night.

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