Laura Carew,
Joshua Y'Barbo


Thursday, 17 March 2016

Project Salon at Susak Expo

Chelsea Salon presents:
Project Salon at Susak

Chelsea Salon in partnership with the UAL Postgraduate Community is contributing to the 10th Anniversary of the Susak Expo Biennale.  

The Susak Expo is a biennale on the Croatian island of Susak  dreamt up by UAL alumnus, Daniel Devlin of  Spiralbound Press, and Sluice Magazine, as a critique of international biennales and art fairs. The Susak Expo includes an international selection of artists.
Chelsea Salon seeks to recruit 3 students to lead Project Salon. In addition, Chelsea Salon is looking for UAL student work to include in the Expo, which will travel to Galerija Fritzy, Museum of Mali Lošinj and ArtHelix in New York City. This is a great opportunity for international exposure and developing relationships with international institutions.
The 3 students will be responsible for collating the material to take to Suzak, delivering the project on the island and coordinating the exhibition of documentary material at the two external venues. We are asking artists to collaborate with the lead team by making suitable submissions that can be easily shipped and leave installation decisions to the them. Artworks would ideally be temporary interventions in the landscape that are easily transported.
Chelsea Salon is hosting an open call for submission of work and applications for the lead team. This opportunity is open to all postgraduate students (MA & PhD) at UAL.
3 Job Roles: All members of the Team will work together with overlapping responsibilities and will be expected to contribute to the blog. All members of the team will be responsible with Chelsea Salon for selecting the work that will travel to Susak.
1. Project Manager:
    The chosen candidate will arrange with the artists performing and liase with the institutions and enterprises associated with the project which include: Galerija Fritzy, Museum of Mali Lošinj; ArtHelix (Bushwick) in Brooklyn; and Sluice Magazine. The project manager is responsible for managing deadlines, the budget, and post-expo coordination of work.
2. Curator: The curator is a co-curatorial position that includes responsibilities for coordinating transportation and installation of the work chosen. Additionally, the curator will organise the participants who are travelling to Susak and the scheduling of the performance, if applicable.
3. Creative Documentation: This member of the team will be responsible for the  documentation of the Expo for the 2 international cultural institutions and for submitting material to the designer of Sluice Magazine.
Open call to All UAL students for Content: open call to all UAL students who are interested in travelling to Susak to perform or produce site‐specific interventions and installations on the island of Susak. To maximise the amount of student participation and address the locational issues of travelling to Susak to participate, Chelsea Salon is looking for works that can travel, i.e. video, film, etc… and easily installed by the participants that are confirmed to travel, i.e. participation at a distance. This could include works that are mailed, emailed, faxed, etc… and installed by the Team (proposed UAL group representatives). Expected cost for participating artists include the printing cost for the exhibitions and the special edition of Sluice Magazine.
Documentation of the expo will be displayed at the Museum of Mali Lošinj and also at ArtHelix in Brooklyn. A special edition of Sluice Magazine will be published with all participating UAL students. The expo lasts for 10 days and ends with a Private View. For cost efficiency, the actual days of participation by the funded students can be cut to 5 days or less.
Cost: Chelsea Salon and the Postgraduate Community are able to offer the lead team £100 for travel and £30 per night over 5 days for each of the 3 team members. Any additional cost will be the responsibility of the individual team member. Artists who intend to travel are expected to self-fund but the cost of documentation will be subsidised.
Dates: 6-16 May 2016 (Project Salon 11-16 May)
House 600, Susak
PV: Saturday 14 May
Applications for 3 jobs positions due: Friday, 1th April by 5pm.   
Open Call - TBC
Application process: Please send an email titiled Project Salon at Susak to chelseasalonseries@ and include:
·       CV w work and exhibition experience,
·       100 word artist statement and 3 examples of work (video links, writing, etc…)

·       100 word statement of intent as it applies to the project and desired job role

*This project has been made possible through the support of an Enhanced Postgraduate Student Communities Award at University of the Arts London.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Chelsea Salon presents: Alison Jackson in conversation with Simon Baker

Chelsea Salon is a peer-to-peer network of artists working in fluctuating institutional settings. Chelsea Salon is a collaborative effort with multiple platforms through which students, alumni, and professional artists have had the opportunity to meet in a variety of spaces, exchange ideas and forge productive relationships with artists and art institutions.

One of the features of the Chelsea Salon programme  is the series of talks organised by Laura Carew of Chelsea Salon. The talks are an example of the aims of Chelsea Salon to create a community of practice between current students at Chelsea College of Arts and its alumni. This forum is intended as an opportunity for artists to receive feedback on their practice and to experiment with ideas arising from their research. It is intended to expand the professional practice development of the artists involved. Although centred around CCA, it is intended to be inclusive and open.

We have probably all giggled at her images whether it be  Elton John having an enema or Tony Blair looking down Cherie’s bikini. All by the way situations that are credible but which we also know are a set up. The humour is powerful but there is serious intent here.

At a time when the photographic image has become ubiquitous as has our obsession with celebrity, Alison Jackson poses some important questions about authenticity and voyeurism.

Theoretically we all know that the camera can lie but we are inclined to believe and want to believe what we see. What is authentic anyway? As Warhol said “Who wants the truth? That’s what show business is for, to prove that its not what you are that counts, its what they think you are” .This encapsulates the postmodern concept of truth as a subjective value.

The photograph is more seductive than the reality. We project our fantasies on images of celebrities who conveniently cannot answer back. We feel we know them but of course we don’t. We seek our identity in public figures.

No public figure was more subjected to this treatment than Princess Diana. Voyeurism reached its zenith. We can only begin to imagine what Warhol would have made of it all.

Following the death of Princess Diana, the almost pornographic detailing of her death and the outpouring of grief that engulfed the country, Jackson made her name with a series of disturbing works culminating in an image which still resonates. This is her notorious photograph of 1999 which depicts Princess Diana, Dodi Al-Fayed with their imaginary mixed race love child. There was an uproar and this uproar only served to underline the implicit racism in the vi.
Jackson turns the tables on us. WE are implicated in the voyeurism. Photography she has said is “a slimy deceitful medium” which “tells only a partial truth”.
The in conversation between Alison Jackson and Simon Baker presented by Chelsea Salon  is being held on the 28th of Oct 2015 at the Chelsea College of Arts lecture theatre. Chelsea Salon is the subject of a PhD study into self-institutional art practice and institutional critique of the art school as is an overlooked site of critique neglected for art’s institutions of display, galleries and museums.  The PhD aims to explore new approaches to institutional critique by analysing the manoeuvrable practices of Chelsea Salon  and will contribute to knowledge by generating a theory of interstitial pedagogy that shifts between institutions.

Laura Carew & Joshua Y’Barbo

Chelsea Salon

Monday, 1 June 2015

Open Call / Join Chelsea Salon

1. Open Call for Submissions: Salon on 13 June

Chelsea Salon is hosting a salon on 13 June to celebrate the opening of Penarth Studios off the Old Kent Road. The salon is a social event for UAL Pg Students and provides an introduction to the studio space and an opportunity to show work. 

The open call is for artists and collaborators across the UAL. There is no set theme for the salon and all proposals will be considered. Please find more details below: 

Salon - 13 June 17:00-20:00
Submission deadline - 5 June 17:00
Installation - 12-13 June

Location: Penarth Studios, 27 Penarth Street SE15 1TR

Submissions: We are looking for 2-D, 3-D, Moving Image and Performance work. Please send 1-3 images (1MB), a written proposal, screenshot or links to video work. Submissions will be reviewed by the Salon team and confirmation emails will be sent out by 8 June. Installation will be held at the studios 12-13 June with the Salon held in the afternoon of 13 June. 

Please send submissions to: chelseasalonseries(at)

The event is generously supported by the Postgraduate Community Student Initiative Fund and open to all postgraduate students at UAL. 

2. Join Chelsea Salon: 

Chelsea Salon is looking for volunteers who would like to collaborate with us in several areas of creative activity. These areas include: salons, talks, film, exhibitions, web / social media, documentation / archive and design. 

Individuals interested in film, performance, education, curation, exhibition design, documentary making, archives, art criticism and art writing could benefit from working with us.

We will be meeting Saturday, 13 June at 3-4pm at the Penarth Studios before the event to discuss collaborating together. Please email if you would like to attend. 

Chelsea Salon is a co-produced project that arose from the MA Fine Art course at Chelsea College starting in 2009. We are currently developing the project into a non-for-profit charity and are looking for people who would like to work with us during this development. 

Salons are pop-up exhibitions that are both dynamic displays and discursive platforms for discussion and performance. The site of our salons are constantly changing.
The Salon also hosts a series of lectures by well known artists  at Chelsea College of Arts and we are looking for people who might like to help with these and projects which arise from them.
The Chelsea Salon film club hosts classic film screenings and the presentation of original work by artists.

In addition, Chelsea Salon has the use of a temporary space called Landing Space on the 1st Floor of E Block at Chelsea College.There are opportunities here for curators.Currently Landing Space has three permanent monitors that are slightly demanding and problematic but animate the un-used landing in a specific way. We're looking for people to collaborate on showing moving image work within this space as well as supporting other areas of creative practice, i.e. salons, film club, talks, archive, etc… 

Web / Social Media and design support is needed to help update the salon website, organise the mailing list and promote events via social media and make the archive available to a secondary audience. This may include managing the online artist profiles and working with the rest of the Team to activate the potential of online spaces. This may also include promoting written criticism and artist's writing and managing the blog. 

Documentation and archiving overlap with other areas listed above and include individuals who are working in documentary processes or design based practices. The possibilities for capturing and representing salon activities would be an open discussion among the team.

For more information contact Josh or Laura at chelseasalonseries(at)

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Chelsea Salon in June

Hello Everyone, 

It's been a while since i've updated the blog. I just wanted to give a highlight of what's been going on at Chelsea Salon this month. 

First, Chelsea Salon at CONS Project London & Gallery Tour. 

On 20th June, Laura led a gallery tour of Peckham for the current MA Fine Art students at Chelsea College of Arts. The gallery visited included  Arcadia Missa, Flat Time House, Gowlett Peaks, Food Face , Hannah Barry, Sunday Painter, Bold Tendencies followed by a salon at CONS Project London. 

The salon included UAL postgraduate & PhD students and alumni from the UAL and Goldsmiths College. The salon was supported by UAL Postgraduate Community Fund and hosted at CONS Project London. 

I felt the event was a great success in widening the professional practice development of the artists involved by providing the opportunity to meet and interact with other artists outside of an academic setting. 

This is not to say that the experience wasn't an educational one. In fact, it is still based on educational methods that provide frameworks for group understanding through engagement in open-ended task, in this case negotiating one's practice into the space where the salon was being hosted, that function to form a kind of collective analysis of postgraduate and alumni communities at UAL and beyond. 

My reasoning for feeling that it was a success is based on the relationships that where developed through participating in the salon. These relationships include interaction with other postgraduate students from the different UAL colleges as well as professional artists. Barbara Steveni was kind enough to drop by as well. 

Second, After Beuys / Launch of Alumni exhibition space in E Block. 

This month has seen Chelsea Salon claim a previously unused space at Chelsea College in E Block.

The Landing Space is a recently launch space within E block at Chelsea College where Chelsea Salon will be presenting a series of exhibitions that lay focus on works of recent graduates from Chelsea College of Art & Design. The Landing Space in E block is located in a building that is most associated with administration and research and holds base rooms for MRes, MA Curating and Collections, and PhD students. Cheslea Salon aims to provide a platform for interaction, dialogue and exchange between these groups, the rest of the college and alumni. 

The PV was not without it's hitches. We had technical issues with the AV equipment so were unable to show two of the works. We did, however, have an excellent performance by artist, Vanessa Mitter, which ended in a magnificent crescendo of treacle, water and spoken elements of Beuys' theories on art in English and German that were barely audible due to the restraints the artist wrapped around her mouth during the performance. 

The PV was followed by Richard Demarco and Chris Wainwright in conversation in the lecture theatre at Chelsea College. It was a rare opportunity to bring artist / impresario, Richard Demarco, down to London from Edinburgh to speak about his views on art and the role art plays in society as well as his history with artist, Jospeh Beuys. Chris Wainwright shared his history working with Richard Demarco and his own artistic practice. We'll have the video made available on our website soon.   

Finally, our last event in June is the upcoming Chelsea Salon Film Club. 

On 24 June between 17:30-20:00, Chelsea Salon Film club will be presenting a Mysteries of the Organism (1971) is a 1971 film by Serbian director Dušan Makavejev that explores the relationship between communist politics and sexuality, as well as exploring the life and work of Wilhelm Reich

This film was selected my Chelsea member of staff and artist, Sadie Murdoch, who will also be showing a moving image piece before the featured film. 

We're very pleased to be working with AV technician at Chelsea, Monika Kita, who has developed a programme that includes moving image works by artists and invited guest who select feature films. For more details, please check our website. 

Thank you everyone and I hope you have a lovely summer. We're planning to be quiet for July and August but you never know what opportunities might arise. 



Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Not Knowing: APG / CCW / Chelsea Salon

Not Knowing: APG / CCW / Chelsea Salon

It's not a question of being against the institution: we are the institution. It's a question of what kind of institution we are, what kind of values we institutionalize, what forms of practice we reward, and what kinds of rewards we aspire to.
Andrea Fraser, 2005 

This introduction to the Chelsea Salon series continues a collaboration between CCW and the Artists’ Placement Group (APG). 

To explore how the APG methods of 'Not Knowing' could help us question assumptions about our roles and the structure of Chelsea College of Art. 

To refine understanding of the changes produced by, and happening in, higher education in art and design.

To devise and produce a ‘publication’ for exhibition in the Library. Whether based on text, image, or any combination; hard copy or digital; collaborative or a compilation of individual works, the ‘publication’ can be anything your group decides. 

To bring an object, image, text, gesture, or other thing that represents an interest or influential moment outside your practice. 

To take part in a ‘show and tell’ exchange of these things, as a way to develop the content for your group ‘publication’.

By taking part in discussion and working creatively with others you will exchange different interpretations of roles (especially student, staff, artist/designer and academic), clarify concepts (such as knowledge and enquiry, practice and research, teaching and learning) and so develop your position in the debates around your practice and profession.

Suggested reading: 
Andrea Fraser, Critique of the Institution to Institution of Critique
Artforum Sept 2005.

Daniel Buren, Function of the Studio

Pablo Helguera, Chapter II: Community & Chapter III: Situations in Education for Socially Engaged Art

Howard Slater The Art of Governance

Further information: 

Information about Chelsea Salon series:;

Monday, 22 April 2013

Chelsea Salons Series at Flat Time House May 2013

Hello Everyone, 

Now that the interim show is over, we'd like to update you on the next Chelsea Salon event.

The next event will be hosted at Flat Time House (FTho) in Peckham on Wednesday, May 15th. 

For this salon, we're looking for people who want to experiment with performance, sound, and film. We're also looking for works that would be suitable for the outside garden.

There will be a site visit ] on Thursday, May 2nd at 11am.  

Flat Time House
210 Bellenden Road
London SE15 4BW

Part of the visit will be a short talk with John Hill, Education Officer at FTHo and member of Lucky PDF. We'll then have an open discussion about how the salon will be structured and invite you to give your ideas. We want to  emphasize experimentation and working in mediums outside your current practice.
The site visit is open to anyone who wants to come but there will be limited space for participation in the actual salon. We'll set a deadline for participation which will work on a first come first serve basis.

About FTHo: 
Flat Time House (FTHo) was the studio home of John Latham (1921-2006), recognised as one of the most significant and influential British post-war artists. In 2003, Latham declared the house a living sculpture naming it FTHo after his theory of time, "Flat Time". Until his death, John Latham opened his door to anyone interested in thinking about art. It is in this spirit that Flat Time House opened in 2008 as an archive, artist's residency space and gallery with a programme of exhibitions and events exploring the artist's practice, his theoretical ideas and their continued relevance.

About Chelsea Salon Series:
This is an old post but explains the structure and short history of the series.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

March 1st SLG Salon


The 3rd SLG Salon series will takes place on the afternoon of Friday, 1st of March. You can install work from 2 - 3pm with the Salon beginning at 3pm.

If you are interested in presenting work and HAVE NOT done so before, you need to send an email to by the 25th February stating your interest and the type of work you are showing including duration if it is a film.

Salon slots are available on a first come first served basis.

For a brief overview of what the SLG Salons are and how they work, please see the link below -

Here is an image of the Clore studio - Studio_filled_with_chairs.jpg

More about SLG including address here -

Thanks for your interest, looking forward to it.

Dave and Naomi