Chisenhale Gallery, The Showroom and Studio Voltaire are to join forces on a major new collaboration.

Supported by a £210,000 Catalyst grant from Arts Council England, the three galleries have established a joint commissioning and research programme for 2013-16 in recognition of the ‘organisations’ support of emerging artists and advocacy for the small-scale not-for-profit visual arts sector in London.’ The project will produce commissions, exhibitions and events plus an online library in response to the question: How to work together?

In the first year, the commissions programme has also received funding from Bloomberg and Outset Contemporary Art Fund; and the Think tank – an ongoing online library of new research – is supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

The first major commissions for exhibition are scheduled for May-June 2014: Céline Condorelli will work with Chisenhale Gallery to explore the crossover between work and friendship; Chris Evans will work alongside Massimiliano Mollona, Dexter Sinister and Marina Vishmidt together with The Showroom on a revamped version of the left-wing newspaper The Morning Star to delve into the relationship between form and content in print and political activism; and Ella Kruglyanskaya will work with Studio Voltaire on a new series of paintings.

In a statement, the organisers said: “How to work together will reveal what our galleries – on the east, north and south fringes of central London – can do together that we could not do apart. Our organisations already share common ground and a track record for supporting emerging and under-represented artists to produce and present ambitious new work. Together we can expand our artistic programmes, commission and show more incredible new work, reach new audiences, and develop new ways of raising money to drive
our organisations forward. Through pooling our resources and knowledge we can create a new model of collaboration for the visual arts.”

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