Adomas Narkevičius: Associate Curator
Jessie Krish: Gallery Manager
Milika Muritu: Director & Programme Curator
Arianna Mercado: Curatorial Fellow
Sheila Lawson: Website and Online Developer
Wilf Speller: Freelance Production Manager
Linas Develis: Gallery Technician
Cell Project Space was founded as a testing ground for artistic practice and for the past 20 years has continuously fostered research, discussion and production for a range of projects and exhibitions. The gallery plays a unique role in supporting emerging and underrepresented artists by developing ambitious new commissions, as well as historically overlooked projects, fulfilling a function in-between artist-run organisation and larger institution. The co-founder, and now director, Gallery Programme Curator is Milika Muritu
Cell Project Space is a non-profit gallery and artist studios founded in 1999. The gallery was originally set up as an artist-run space and formed a registered charity, Cell Foundation, in 2014. Throughout the 20-year history of the organisation, Cell Studios has provided affordable workspace for artists, which in turn supports the gallery’s on-going programme of exhibitions, special projects and events.
The co-founder, and now director, Studios Head of Operations is Richard Priestley
Our commissioning programme includes notable solo presentations by artists including Olu Ogunnaike, Shenece Oretha, Anne Sophie Berger, Alex Margo Arden & Caspar Heinemann, Ghislaine Leung, Mimosa Echard, Aude Pariset, Eglė Kulbokaitė & Dorota Gawęda, Yuri Pattison, Adham Faramawy, Eddie Peake, Jonathan Baldock, Céline Condorelli and Angelo Plessas, amongst others; alumni that have gone on to present in major public institutions worldwide. Recent group exhibitions also include Civic Duty, featuring the work by Carolyn Lazard, Sam Lipp, Adrian Piper and Donald Rodney; Shit and Doom – No!art, with historical works by Stanley Fisher, Yayoi Kusama, Boris Lurie, and Stella Waitzkin, amongst others; and X6 Dance Space (1976–80): Liberation Notes, the first presentation of work from the X6 Collective. To find out more about our exhibitions, please visit our past archive.
Alongside exhibitions, Cell Project Space delivers a longstanding public programme through gallery tours, talks, events, workshops and screenings to disseminate artists' ideas to a host of audiences, community partners, local schools and universities led by leading artists, theorists, curators and practicing artists including; Derica Shields, Mathieu Copeland, Matilda Tjader, Ayesha Tan- Jones, Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings, Omar Koleif
The unprecedented events of 2020 re-shaped the way we think about reaching audiences, and how to make our programme accessible beyond the walls of the gallery. This included Queer Correspondence, a free mail-art initiative that reached over 800 subscribers worldwide, considerably expanding Cell's networks and the parameters of our public engagement, both internationally and across the UK and Cellular, the gallery's experimental Live Art and Media-based commissioning programme during a time of restricted access and lockdown. Both initiatives, born from conditions heightened by the pandemic, have registered the need for alternative approaches to physicality, liveness and performativity in response to political, geographical and/or physical restriction.
After two decades Cell has continued to stay financially independent, with Cell Studios generating the core funding for gallery operations; the strategy being to financially support communities of artists who have not yet benefited from wider critical acclaim and to interrogate and redress political inhospitality towards under represented voices. The programme reflects on both the past and the present and re-examines approaches to working outside mainstream institutions by actively exploring collectivism and resistance along with examining the role and position of neglected historical narratives.
Cell Project Space Gallery is a registered artistic and educational charity: Cell Foundation; Charity no. 1156554.
Accessed through an industrial yard in Bethnal Green, via an entryway brimming with sub-tropical plants, is Cell Project Space.
What others have recently said about Cell Project Space:
"Who knows what might become possible [...] through concerted effort, imaginative powers, determination, trans allyship, an independent gallery behind you and maybe a little funding? Spectacular scenes."
Isabel Weidner on Alex Margo Arden & Caspar Heinemann
"One of the most experimental galleries in East London."
"Projects like 'Queer Correspondence' enact different ideas of community, beyond the divisions of public and private, individual and collective, mine and yours."
Adam Greenhalgh: Head of Studios Operations
Richard Priestley: Director & Head Of Operations
Matt Nelmes: Administration Assistant
Linas Develis: Studios Buildings Maintenance Technician
Visit the website's Studios pages to find out more about Cell's studios