Chisenhale Gallery Create Residency 2016-17: Luke Willis Thompson

An ambitious artist's residency with Chisenhale Gallery, working with local social and cultural groups.

The Chisenhale Gallery Create Residency is an ambitious 18-month artists’ residency in collaboration with Chisenhale Gallery. The partnership reflects the mutual interests of Create and Chisenhale Gallery’s Offsite Programme in commissioning artists to engage with east London’s communities and its varied social and cultural contexts.

Luke Willis Thompson is the Chisenhale Gallery Create Residency artist for 2016 -17. For his residency, Thompson takes the gallery’s location in east London, and the riots that took place in London, 2011, as point of departure to develop an ambitious new body of work. The residency culminates in a major solo exhibition by Thompson at Chisenhale in July 2017.

Luke Willis Thompson’s work takes place within specific social contexts, often challenging traditional forms of exhibition making. By choosing sites of historical, political or social trauma, he raises pertinent issues around race, class and social inequality within his work.

Yuri Pattison was Chisenhale Gallery Create Residency artist for 2014 -16. Throughout his residency, Pattison worked within east London’s Tech City, exploring ideas of transparency to create a new body of sculptural and video work. For more information on Pattison’s residency and related exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery click here.

For the inaugural Chisenhale Gallery Create Residency (2012-14), artist Edward Thomasson produced a new play and a film in collaboration with a group of non-professional performers from east London.

Luke Willis Thompson (b. 1988 Auckland) lives and works in London. Selected solo exhibitions include Sucu Mate/Born Dead, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland (2016); and a forthcoming solo exhibition at IMA, Brisbane opening July 2016. Recent group exhibitions include Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Museum, Queensland and Surround Audience, New Museum Triennial, New York (both 2015).