Chisenhale Gallery is committed to enabling greater access to contemporary art by engaging with new audiences, particularly young people. The gallery's dedicated programme for young people places participants as decision makers and producers, opening the institution out to younger voices.
Public workshops and events for young people are programmed alongside each exhibition. Recent events have included vocational workshops on skills such as sound editing, filmmaking and animation, as well as panel discussions and film screenings.
Chisenhale Gallery also continues to be an essential resource for the local education sector. Chisenhale Gallery Presents is a series of presentations delivered by commissioned artists, in collaboration with curatorial staff, at local secondary schools. Recent presentations have been delivered by artists Lydia Ourahmane, Maeve Brennan, Milou Van der Maaden and Imran Perretta, Ayo Akingbade, William Glass, Leah Clements and Korallia Stergides. These events directly connect artists with students, and establish a link between gallery and classroom.
Chisenhale Gallery exhibitions are a resource for schools and colleges in east London, as well as higher education institutions in the UK and internationally. The gallery emphasises students’ engagement with contemporary art through an equal exploration of both ideas and processes. Schools and universities can book visits to view exhibitions. Chisenhale Gallery staff are on hand to assist teachers and to help facilitate learning activities or to provide introductions to the exhibitions for university groups. The studio space can be used for discussions and practical exercises.
Chisenhale Gallery also produces a biannual Creative Careers Day, in partnership with local secondary schools. The Creative Careers Day offers students the opportunity to hear from a broad range of creative professionals including artists, designers and architects, with presentations followed by workshops offering young people advice about pursuing a future in the arts and creative industries. In autumn 2017, the Creative Careers Day was presented in partnership with Queen Mary, University of London.
For further information, including how to book a group visit to Chisenhale Gallery or to learn more about Chisenhale Gallery Presents, please contact Emma Moore, Curator: Engagement, firstname.lastname@example.org