Accessed through an industrial yard in Bethnal Green, via an entryway brimming with sub -tropical plants, is Cell Project Space.
Cell Project Space is an independent gallery founded in 1999 by directors Milika Muritu and Richard Priestley that was originally set up as an artist-run exhibition space and is now a registered charity, Cell Foundation. The organisation provides affordable workspace, which in turn supports an on-going programme of exhibitions, projects, talks, screenings, and events.
Cell was founded as a testing ground for artistic practice and continues to foster research, discussion and production for a range of projects. Solo presentations in the past decade include: Ghislaine Leung, Josh Bitelli, Yuri Pattison, Anne De Vries, Eddie Peake, Benedict Drew, Rachel Reupke, Jessica Warboys, Celine Condorelli, and Angelo Plessas. Today, the programme facilitates local and global critical debates while supporting underrepresented artists, collaborating with established and emerging practitioners to present varied formats for exhibition making. Cell extends the gallery’s visibility with collective participation through tours and workshops for local secondary schools and the wider community. The gallery is open free to the public from Thursday - Sunday throughout the year.
Cell Project Space, Studios, and charity arm Cell Foundation are an affordable artists work space provider established in 1999, providing leasehold work space to 1097 artists and designer-makers at 7 sites / 147,000 sq ft of B1 work space in east and South East London. As an independent not for profit gallery all funds raised are used solely for the development of artists’ projects and the gallery’s public programme.
Cell Foundation is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales, and is a registered charity no: 1156554.
Gallery & Public Programme Manager: Rachael Davies
Associate Curator: Eliel Jones
Director & Programme Curator: Milika Muritu
Studios Operations Manager: Dominic Williams
Studios Maintenance Technician: Linas Develis
Director & Studios Development: Richard Priestley