Studio Voltaire is part of several networks including How to work together, Allied Editions and Common Practice, London.
How to work together is a shared programme of contemporary art commissioning and research devised by Studio Voltaire, Chisenhale Gallery and The Showroom.
Together, over three years, over three years starting in 2013, we have produced a series of nine major new artists’ commissions (three per year), exhibitions, events and an online Think Tank – a growing collection of commissioned research by artists, writers and thinkers in response to the proposition of ‘how to work together’. We are combining our knowledge and resources to discover what we can do together that we could not do alone.
Each year, three artists have been commissioned to produce major exhibitions of new work in our galleries.
In this, our final year, three commissioned artists respond to our central question of “how to work together?” The artists take our previous How to work together commissions as a starting point: exhibitions at Studio Voltaire by Ella Kruglyanskaya and Sanya Kantarovsky in collaboration with Ieva Misevičiūtė; at Chisenhale Gallery by Céline Condorelli and Ahmet Öǧüt, and at The Showroom by Gerry Bibby and Wendelien van Oldenborgh.
15 April – 05 June
22 April – 29 May
28 April – 18 June
Think Tank Commissions
The Think Tank is an online research archive, building over the three years of How to work together and reaching out to artists and practitioners from other fields to address our central question. Our third and final round of Think Tank commissions have resulted in the following contributions:
– Ben Vickers/ unMonastery, ‘Relearning the Rules’ – a research initiative including interviews with representatives from practicing Monastic orders.
‘Invest in What? How to work together, the Arts Council’s Catalyst fund, and art’s contemporary economic infrastructure’ – an essay by Andrea Phillips.
‘Poethical Readings/Intuiting the Political’ – a series of readings and a presentation by Valentina Desideri and Denise Ferreira da Silva.
– Sharna Pax – a series of interviews and a screening and discussion with artists and filmmakers including Eva Marie Rødbro, Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Joshua Oppenheimer, Seamus Harahan, and Chan Hau Chun.
– Abounaddara: Artisans of Cinema – Stefan Tarnowski and Victoria Lupton in conversation with the collective, unpicking Abounaddara’s collaborative production process.
17 April – 07 June 2015
Sanya Kantarovsky’s exhibition Apricot Juice in collaboration with Ieva Misevičiūte took place at Studio Voltaire, comprising a series of large paintings and a performance by Misevičiūte and taking Bulgakov’s novel The Master and Margarita as a starting point.
29 April – 31 May
Ahmet Öğüt’s exhibition Happy Together: Collaborators Collaborating opened at Chisenhale Gallery, and brought together ten of the artist’s previous collaborators for a filmed public discussion event, which formed the basis of a film installation.
29 April – 20 June
Wendelien van Oldenborgh’s show From Left to Night at The Showroom was an experimental film production, embedded in The Showroom’s neighbourhood.
Think Tank Commissions
A set of three written interviews by Andrea Phillips, with the three How to work together directors Emily Pethick, Joe Scotland and Polly Staple.
‘The Sharing Economy: A Post-Mortem’ – a panel discussion at Bloomberg with Mercedes Bunz, Indy Johar, Helen Kaplinsky and Brett Scott, curated by Victoria Lupton and Ben Vickers.
‘unMonastery: Relearning the Rules’ Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and ‘Code/unCode’ – a series of four transcribed interviews with representatives from monastic orders and an e-book by Ben Vickers and unMonaster.
2 May – 22 June 2014
Céline Condorelli’s exhibition took place at Chisenhale Gallery, focusing on the theme of work and friendship.
11 April – 08 June 2014
Ella Kruglyanskaya’s exhibition took place at Studio Voltaire, in which she developed a series of new paintings dealing with women in work.
30 April – 21 June 2014
Gerry Bibby’s exhibition Combination Boiler took place at The Showroom, in which he dealt with the proposition of ‘how to work together’ as an infiltrator, finding a disruptive role in the workplace.
Think Tank Commissions
Each Think Tank commission was accompanied by a public live event at one of our three galleries; the commissions were as follows:
‘Common Good(s): Redefining the public interest and the common good’ – an essay by Anna Minton, accompanied by ‘After Ground Control’, a presentation by Anna Minton.
‘How to refuse work altogether’ – a sound work by Bonnie Camplin, accompanied by an audio recording of the inaugural meeting of the Nervemeter Council, 31 August 2013.
‘Source Sans How to work together’ – a typeface for the project developed by An Endless Supply in collaboration with a growing number of designers.
‘The Company We Keep’ – a conversation between Céline Condorelli and sociologist Avery Gordon, accompanied by a ‘Bibliography of Work and Friendship’.
‘Morning Star Rebranded’ – an open letter by Chris Evans.
Generously hosted by Frieze Art Fair, Allied Editions presents specially commissioned works of art from as little as £40. Leading contemporary artists donate all editions, with the proceeds directly supporting the organisations’ exhibition and education programmes.
Allied Editions is a unique artist’s editions collective organised by Studio Voltaire, Camden Arts Centre, Chisenhale Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), South London Gallery, Serpentine Galleries and Whitechapel Gallery.
Common Practice, London is an advocacy group working for the recognition and fostering of the small-scale contemporary visual arts sector in London.
The group aims to promote the value of the sector and its activities, act as a knowledge base and resource for members and affiliated organisations, and develop a dialogue with other visual art organisations on a local, national and international level. The group’s founding members are Afterall, Chisenhale Gallery, Electra, Gasworks, LUX, Matt’s Gallery, Mute Publishing, The Showroom and Studio Voltaire – together representing a diverse range of activities including commissioning, production, publishing, research, exhibitions, residencies and artists’ studios.
Ella Kruglyanskaya, How to work together, 2014. Installation View, Studio Voltaire, London. Courtesy of the artist, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York and Kendall Koppe, Glasgow. Credit Andy Keate.