Edward Chell is an artist working across media based in London and Reader in Fine Art at University of the Creative Arts. His recent publications, which form a key part of his practice, include Soft Estate (the Bluecoat, 2014), Eclipse (Stour Valley Arts, 2013) and In the Company of Ghosts: The Poetics of the Motorway (erbacce-press, 2012). He is represented by Galerie Bughdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf.
In the 1980s curator Sandra Drew staged a series of groundbreaking exhibitions in locations around Canterbury. Drew Gallery Projects supported artists in the early stages of their careers, often experimenting with ‘new media’ which didn’t resemble what was broadly accepted as sculpture at the time (video, objects, photography, installation, performance and text.) The development of the archive here at UCA brings together original and related works from these ambitious and impactful shows, telling the story of how these exhibitions came about and explores their incredible legacy.
Drew Gallery Projects’ archive, now gifted to and digitised by UCA, provides an invaluable resource for subsequent generations of students, artists, curators and academics. Accompanying the archive, exhibitions in Canterbury, Folkestone and London during 2018-19, along with a publication celebrating Sandra Drew’s visionary legacy will also form part of the archive. Opening up Sandra Drew’s revolutionary curatorial spirit during the 80s and 90s work to a whole new generation.
Additional support from Georgie Scott, Gallery Curator (Kent).
From the Kitchen Table: Drew Gallery Projects 1984–90, originally exhibited at the Herbert Read Gallery in 2019, has been reviewed by Frieze online:
From the Kitchen Table: Drew Gallery Projects 1984–90 runs at Southwark Park Galleries, London, until 30 June 2019.
Phytopia by Ed Chell, the publication accompanying the exhibition at Glynn Vivian Art Gallery which continues until 29 May, his now available. Published by Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, 56 page, full colour.. Foreword by Glynn Vivian curator, Katy Freer. Essay by exhibition curator Edward Chell and second essay by Tom Jeffreys, writer, blogger and cultural …
Rasheed Araeen | Alois Auer | Karl Blossfeldt | Henry Bradbury| Edward Chell | Peter Fillingham | Ori Gersht | Joy Girvin | Fay Godwin | David Heinrich Hoppe | Derek Jarman | Paul de Monchaux | Rosa Nguyen| Pia Östlund | Alicia Paz | Siân Pile | Marc Quinn | Melanie Rose and Neeta …
Ed Chell will participate in the international group exhibition “The Precious Clay “ at The Museum of Royal Worcester, from 20th September 2018 – 20th March 2019.