I'm pleased to announce that i have been accepted onto the Fine Art Masters at Chelsea College of Art starting in October 2018. This has been a long term goal for myself to finally afford the space, time and money and shear genius to be accepted on such a prestigious course. I have spent the greater part of my Artistic career living in London but after being rejected by the Royal College of Arts in around 2007, I almost gave up hope of ever being able to progress to such an institution. Now I will gracefully join the ranks of Artist's including David Hockney, Richard Deakon, Patrick Caulfield, Elazabeth Fink, Anthony Caro, Franko B, Anish Kapoor, Helen Chadwick, Rebbeca Warren, Gillian Wearing and of course Dirk Bogard ! Name dropping aside the chance to study and work with a new generation of Artists and my contemporaries next to Tate Britain and further develop and expand my practice to a wider audience will be a life changing and challenging year ! I can't wait !
Im pleased to say my work " Suffocating Oceans" will be exhibited as a part of the Charity " Blue dot generation at The House of Vans in London. Please see below for more details...
Thanks to the lovely paparazzi ...........
I was photographed outside the annual Terrence Higgins Trust auction at Christies in London where " IAM NOT AN ABOMINATION" AND " OUR INJURIES" Were on exhibition for this hugely worthy chairity. The kind people at Getty Images have purchased the rights to this image and you can now purchase it for as little as £495! Please see the link for purchases or click HERE
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Paul chisholm’s “ Our Injuries are invisible” and “ I am not an abomination : is to go on auction at Christies on April the 16th in Aid of the Terrence Higgins Trust in support of people with HIV. The event is one of London’s most successful charity auctions and a night like no other. A champagne reception is followed by an evening of frantic bidding for world-renowned artwork, luxury travel lots and exciting celebrity experiences.
In “ Our injuries are invisible “ Paul Chisholm comments on the internal struggles with mental health many people living with HIV endure. Often the focus is on the physical effects of the virus and mental health can be brushed under the carpet.
Chisholm explains: ‘A visible injury is clear for all to see, however sometimes our injuries are invisible to the world. The state of our mental wellbeing is not as obvious to some as a broken leg or a physical wound. ‘Without treatment HIV slowly disables the immune system and when living with the virus today, mental wellbeing is as important as the daily drugs regime. This allows us to live a fulfilling life in a world with seven days, seven continents, seven deadly sins and seven colours of the rainbow.’
In i am not an Abomination he explores religious persecution, particularly in relation to sexuality.
Chisholm explains: ‘Leviticus 20:13 tells us “a man who sleeps with another man is an abomination and should be executed”.
‘The deliberate misinterpretation of language - using the Bible to justify actions and causes is a recurrent event. From the Crusades to the Holocaust to slavery, these ancient words have been harnessed for hate and oppression. The words in Leviticus are being misquoted and used to oppress, silence and kill in the name of “God”.
‘In the original version of the Bible the word “Tavoha” - which literally means “taboo” has been translated to mean something entirely different. ‘The Bible also says its an abomination to eat shellfish, so here’s to a prawn cocktail or oysters and Champagne.’
Last year the online and live auctions combined raised a staggering £401,258. Over its history the event has raised over £3 million to make a difference to the lives of people living with and affected by HIV.
LA MAISON BLEUE PENTECOSTE @ VIC FEZENSAC, FRANCE 2018
WEEKEND OF 18TH TO 21ST MAY.
" FANFARE " it will be an absolute pleasure to document and dissect a very French festival in rural France one which I have been a lucky outsider to witness for over 15 years.... Pentecoste is the festival of the birth of the Church 49 days after Easter and commemorates the descent of the holy spirit in this small part of rural #France this #festival is celebrated by drinking shit loads of french wine, a combustion of #fanfare bands, the eating of foie gras and unfortunately the killing of #bulls in the arena( I am a Tauren btw ) . #Political, #religious and #ethical and brexit issues will be set aside in this exhibition instead the #celebration of #life #music and #dancing will be the main points of the show, cultural differences and the current #european issues will be set aside in a show of love is for all and #music is my first love.
(Side note note to this, I don't think I'm capable of making work which in some way is not provocative or does not raise issues however it will all be fun fun !!!)
The Chapter 1 Exhibition @ The Old Biscuit Factory curated by Artnumber 23 was a finely crafted exhibition Below is a link to the exhibition catalogue and an installation shot of " The Earth has a way of preserving itself "
EXHBITION CATALOGUE: LINK https://issuu.com/artnumber23/docs/artnumber23_cat._1.0
Image credit: Silvia Braida.
'Chapter I' is a group show of international and UK-based artist.
The theme of the exhibition relates to new beginnings and important changes in life.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Paul David Chisholm
Nathan Aiyna Sassen
Camille Van de Velde
Private View: 9th February 18.30pm - 21.30pm
Admission Free, Open bar
Opening times: 10th February - 14th February, 11.00am-18.00pm
For more information please contact us at:
Exhibition and Charity Auction of glorious gay art protesting LGBTQ+ injustice across the world. 5.12.17, 6-9pm at Herman Miller London. Proceeds will go to Stonewall
In 74 countries it’s illegal to be gay.
In 13 countries homosexuality is punishable by death.
Almost 50% of trans pupils have attempted suicide.
Over 100 men suspected of being gay have recently disappeared in Chechnya.
President Ramzan Kadyrov denies this on the basis there are ‘no gay men in Chechnya.’
‘That’s one of the things that “queer” can refer to: the open mesh of possibilities, gaps, overlaps, dissonances and resonances, lapses and excesses of meaning…’ – Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Queer Art(ists) Now
Presented by And What? Queer Arts Festival and Pilot Press
This eclectic new exhibition located in the large, spacious vault of the old Hackney archives in Haggerston features over 50 artists, performers and makers and offers an insight into the breadth and politics of queer art practice today.
Together with a series of events, the exhibition offers a focused view of the practices that have formed and continue to shape contemporary queer art, including works by Linder, Prem Sahib, Rottingdean Bazaar, Holly Johnson, Princess Julia, Keith Vaughan, Jeffrey Hinton, John Booth, Urara Tsuchiya, David Hoyle, Paul Chisholm and graduates of the Goldsmiths MFA.
Over 40 artists out of over 200 applications were selected by our panel, Andrew Ellerby (And What? Director), Olivia Laing (Writer: The Lonely City, Frieze magazine), Evan Ifekoya (Artist) and Richard Dodwell (Pilot Press) to be included in a salon-style exhibition that will take place at Archive Gallery, part of the Mill Co. Project space in Haggerston, London, between Thursday 12th – Sunday 15th October.
Private View: Thursday 12 October, 6 - 9 PM
inc. drinks, canapés and performances
List of events:
Friday 13 October
Queer Life Drawing class, 7 - 9 pm
Saturday 14 October
Perfomance dinner (details to be announced)
with Urara Tsuchiya and Richard Dodwell
The exhibition is run as a not-for-profit with prices of the work determined by the artist, with any profit from sales being returned directly to them.
In addition to the above, Queer Art(ists) Now will be raising money for survivors and local residents of Grenfell Tower, in support of future activism and a planned one-year on memorial project organised by local activist groups. Anyone involved in the exhibition has the option to donate their work to the cause and many of our invited artists have already very kindly agreed to do so.
This exhibition is for them, for us, and our collective struggle for a world without arms manufacturers, poverty, destruction and those who would wish to deny us our humanity and freedom.
The exhibition Queer Art(ists) Now will provide a snap-shot of what artists within our communities are making right now; an insight into the thoughts, preoccupations, aesthetics, and politics of queer artists. We are interested in the work YOU are making, the content and style is influenced by what you submit. So whilst you are Queer/LGBTQIA+ the work does not necessarily have to represent this, but equally can, and will. The exhibition will present a kaleidoscope of your artistry, as a window on what the fuck is going on.
Press Images from Around the World, The work Viral Load was dubbed The world's Most
Painful Dildo by the World's Media.
im pleased to say " Viral Load " sold at Christies to a private buyer raising a lot of money for the Terrence Higgins Trust. There has been a lot of publicity about the piece which is all good. However as always with the Media some quotes have been taken out of context. Which saddens me. No one is to blame for a virus and no one should face discrimination, blame or stigma. We are all accountable for our own actions and the consequences that become us. "|Viral load" was originally created to visualise the virus and the pain caused by contracting it. It was NEVER intended to " Get back at " or hurt anyone. " a voodoo doll can also be used for good in your own life or in the lives of others: for love, healing, protection, success" Kind Regards The Artist Mr Paul David Chisholm
You are quite the subversive lad! Quite the provocateur. I was most impressed with your piece Viral Load. As a sculptor myself, I relate best to 3-D form. This is a powerful piece – odd, though, that the excellent accompanying commentary doesn’t mention black as the colour of death. This penis is in part undoubtedly a powerful a statement precisely because it uses black. The HIV crisis was called the “Plague” in my day with its obvious reference to the Black Death/Plague. Is this curator so afraid of not being politically correct he dare not reference black’s symbolic association lest it impute black men’s penises, too? Possibly. Certainly, he views the relevance of the red colour chosen for the pins on the glans as worthy of comment and that they signify ‘Danger” [i.e. HIV virus in the ejaculate] Neither does he reference that this penis is erect. The fact that only in its erect state can the penis be an HIV vector is an important feature . The tumescence is relevant. – ready for action/loaded, so to speak. Flaccid, a penis is not a threat for infection. Bruce Flowers Curator Art Critic 2017
Links To Press
Im pleased to anounce my work is up for grabs in aid of the Terrence Higgins Trust !
To buy tickets please see : http://www.tht.org.uk/get-involved/Special-events
To view the online Auction book : https://www.tht.org.uk/~/media/Files/Auction/Auction%202017.pdf
To Bid on My art : https://www.tht.org.uk/get-involved/Special-events/The-Auction/Online-auction-lots/Paul-Chisholm
THT is a charity i will forver be in debt to without them at the end of the phone i may well have jumped of a cold dark mountain in Switzerland... the work they do saves peoples lives !
Curated by Jean Carlomusto, Alexandra Juhasz and Hugh Ryan, "Everyday" explores the AIDS crisis (historically and currently) through the lens of art and ephemera that looks at and evidences daily experiences & practices in response to HIV/AIDS.
November 17 - December 10, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 17, 6–9 PM
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 1pm – 7:00pm
The exhibition includes artwork and ephemera by Babycastles, Anne Balsamo, Barton Lidice Beneš, Jean Carlomusto, Curtis Carman, Paul Chisholm, Ian Clyde, darkroom danny, T De Long, Chloe Dzubilo, Delphine Fawundu-Buford, fierce pussy, Avram Finkelstein, Peggy Frank, Fuck Laws Flash Collective, Gay Men's Health Crisis, Carl George, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, John Hanning, Eva Hayward, Edward Hochschild, Mark S. King, Kia Labeija, Carol Leigh, Nancer Lemoins, Gin Fong Louie, Dale MacDonald, Joyce McDonald, Juanita Mohammed, Ray Navarro, Luna Luis Ortiz, Grahame Perry, Poster Virus, LJ Roberts, Randy Freedomclay Rogers, Fábian Rios Rubino, Ivan Safrin, Dudley Saunders, Loren Schmidt, James Simmonds, Michael Slocum, Southern Living AIDS Quilt, Zara Steadman, Hugh Steers, Nelson Sullivan, Justin B. Terry-Smith, Prashast Thapan, The NAMES Project, James Wentzy, Frederick Weston, Jessica Whitbread, Jon Winet, Albert Winn and Tanya Wischerath.
Curatorial Statement: "AIDS is an everyday experience. By this, we mean it is both common and ongoing; quotidian and unending. Yet its history – like all history – is being written in Boldfaced Names and Significant Dates, especially those from the near past. Like the moon that eclipses the sun because it is closer to our frame of reference, the enormity of that moment of the AIDS crisis threatens to blind us to both the sprawling present and the unknowable future. Moreover, the significance of this artist or that day is always less than the significance of the cumulative reality of life in the time of AIDS.
In EVERYDAY, we bring together work that engages with the “now” of AIDS, both historically and currently. Some of the work uses the materials of AIDS, from pills to pamphlets, while other pieces chronicle daily responses, from protest to prayer. Much of the work speaks in the vernacular of its own moment, whether that be wheatpaste, VHS, or an app. Some of it is made by professional artists whose gift is to speak of and to the world around them, while other pieces were made by intuitive creators who were driven to respond to the crisis as one mode of survival – the same spirit that drove us to make this exhibition.
Someday we will have a cure, and the infrastructure and political will to get it to everyone who needs it. But until then, AIDS is EVERYDAY."
The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation. Public events are supported by Humanities New York.
It currently has 160 artist members across the UK. Together we have £4,800 invested in Premium Bonds. At the start of each month we stand a chance of winning an equal share of the £1,000,000 jackpot prize. Follow our fate in the news section.
The Artists’ Bond was established in 2011 by the forty members of the Artists’ Lottery Syndicate (which ran from 1 July 2010 – 1 July 2011). Together we chose to re-invest our annual winnings in a new long-term collective venture which would create a bond between us over the course of our careers.
In 2012 and 2013 ‘open calls’ invited more artists to join The Artists’ Bond, bringing the membership to a total of 120. After two ‘fallow years’ allowing the Agent to recover from all the paperwork, another ‘open call’ was issued in 2016, focussing on expanding our membership in Scotland.
This website was developed and funded as part of Ellie Harrison’s The Glasgow Effect and launched in September 2016 to welcome our forty new artist members. Designed and built by Glasgow-based web designer Neil Scott, it features a map showing the distribution of our membership around the UK.
Crouch End Open Studios 7th & 8th of May 2016 / April 30, 2016
Dear Sir / Madam,
I am a contemporary Artist who has recently moved to crouch hill As you may be aware the weekend of the 7th and 8th of May is Crouch end open studios and due to unforeseen circumstances I am not an official Artist on the list. However i will be opening my Studio to the public over the weekend. Please feel free to pop in and take a look at my Art and have a cup of Tea.
Mr Paul David Chisholm
Im pleased to announce that my work has been curated into an online web gallery for this years day with (out) Art Check out the press release for more information.
For this year’s Day With(out) Art 2015, Visual AIDS collaborated with 9 influential artists, activists and curators— Bill Arning, Ian Alteveer, Chris Vargas, Rae Lewis-Thornton, Mark S. King, Allen Frame, Maria Mejia, Jack Mackenroth, and Kimberly Drew—to present RADIANT PRESENCE.
RADIANT PRESENCE is a digital slideshow with images from the Visual AIDS' Artist+ Registry, the largest database of works by artists with HIV/AIDS. RADIANT PRESENCE features artwork by artists living with HIV/AIDS and those who are no longer with us. The artwork is interspersed with current statistics and information about HIV/AIDS today.
For the 26th annual Day With(out) Art, Visual AIDS has partnered with art institutions, AIDS-service organizations, and universities for screenings and public programs to highlight RADIANT PRESENCE internationally. Visual AIDS has also coordinated large-scale outdoor projections of RADIANT PRESENCE in highly visible public locations in New York City, San Francisco and Miami (during Art Basel) for December 1. The RADIANT PRESENCE video will premiere on Visual AIDS' website (www.visualaids.org) on December 1, 2015.
At this point in the AIDS epidemic, over 39 million people have died of AIDS-related causes. The nature of the crisis has changed, however, so that nearly just as many people, 36 million, are living with HIV today. In this context, RADIANT PRESENCE showcases the resilience and vitality of Visual AIDS’ Artist Members and their artwork, preserving the radiance of those who have passed while provoking dialogue about the needs and experiences of people living with HIV.
RADIANT PRESENCE provokes conversations about HIV criminalization and stigma, access to treatment, the shifting demographics of people living with HIV and the disproportionate effect of the epidemic on communities of color and transwomen.
RADIANT PRESENCE is inspired by the 25th Anniversary of Electric Blanket, an epic slide show about AIDS created by photographers Nan Goldin, Allen Frame and Frank Franca for Visual AIDS which intersperses the work of over 200 photographers with slide texts that include demographics, data, and slogans about AIDS worldwide. The slide show, initially projected on the façade of Cooper Union on December 1 1990, was later projected on public walls and buildings internationally.
On and around World AIDS Day, December 1, 2015, RADIANT PRESENCE will reach thousands of viewers through public screenings, social media and public programs in museums, art institutions, universities, AIDS service organizations and online venues.
Artists featured in the slideshow include: Stephen Andrews, AZT, Jurgen Baldiga, Bizzy Barefoot, Barton Lidice Beneš, Luis Carle, Walt Cessna, Tseng Kwong Chi, Lucretia Crichlow, Darkroom Danny, Chloe Dzubilo, Brent Nicholson Earle, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Benjamin Fredrickson, Tim Greathouse, Max Greenberg, Carlos Gutierrez-Solana, Veritee Reed Hall, John Hanning, W. Benjamin Incerti, Derek Jackson, Shan Kelley, Kia Labeija, Nancer LeMoins, David McDiarmid, Joyce McDonald, Kissa Millar, Mark Morrisroe, Jon Nalley, Ray Navarro, Luna Luis Ortiz, Richard Renaldi, Hunter Reynolds, Juan Rivera, Eric Rhein, Jeffrey Scott, Steed Taylor, Hector Toscano, L. Robert Westeen, Jorge Veras, Bruce Volpone, Albert Winn, Martin Wong, David Wojnarowicz, Lina Yaroslavska
In addition to the slideshow, each curator also produced individual web galleries featuring: Alex Aleixo, Ali, Rob Anderson, Kelvin Atmadibrata, Crawford Barton, Jaiden Benz, Bern Boyle, Vincent Chevalier, Paul Chisholm, Vincent Cianni, Ray Cook, Bruce Cratsley, Joe De Hoyos, Jimmy De Sana, John Douglas, John Dugdale, Steven Dwayne Bryk, Darrel Ellis, Robert Flack, Martin Freeman, Robert Getso, Félix González-Torres, Hervé Guibert, Sunil Gupta, Hannecke Gustavo, Keith Haring, Michael Harwood, horea, Peter Hujar, Leslie Kaliades, John Kelly, John Lathram III, Robert Mapplethorpe, Andrew McPhail, Greg Mitchell, Steve Muench, Kyle Nylund, Rob Ordonez, Jo Ori, Ian Richards, Peter Robinson Jr, Javier Rocabado, Rafael Sánchez, Rene Santos, Tracy Silverberg, Jack Smith, Javier Soriano, Alex Sparrowhawk, Andrew Spencer, stVincent, Wyatt Tan, Kurt Weston, Daniel Williams, Dirk H. Wilms, Andrew Zealley
November 30, 2015