For Ella Gibbs' commission, Chisenhale Gallery was transformed into an agency that catered only for Spare Time positions. Visitors to Spare Time Job Centre were invited to seek Spare Time Advice, browse the Spare Time Resource, look for Spare Time Tips and chat to the Spare Time Team. Applicants could then create their own unique Spare Time Job Opportunity, and apply for a position, all under one roof.
Spare Time Job Centre explored the boundaries of art and the community. The project provided a platform for a range of activities, from spontaneous communication to archiving - activities that are central to Gibbs practice, but which are also vital forms of contemporary culture. Crucially, the project's outcome was determined by the input of Spare Time Job Centre's participants, rather than being a creation of the artist's singular, isolated vision.
Ella Gibbs was born and is currently based in London. Selected projects include: Last Dance, Annely Juda Fine Art, London (2003); Campaign for Spare Time, Art of Survival, Prague Biennale (2003); Fish Island – The Making of a Radio Show, Space Studios, London (2002); Horse Collection on Tour, TENT, Rotterdam, The Netherlands and John Hansard Gallery, Southampton (2002). Group exhibitions include: Potential, Ongoing Archive, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton (2001); Programme – a series of planned projects and incidental events, for Temporary Accommodation, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2001); Night Stop Cinema, River Lea Valley, commissioned by London Musicians Collective, London (2001).
A version of Spare Time Job Centre travelled to the 2003 Prague Biennial.