Meet the Artist Chantal Gillingham

1. Who/What makes you laugh?

I’m easily amused, everyday life, happenings, silly inconsequential things. My family, friends and pets.

2. What is the greatest gift you could give someone?

Freedom of expression.

3. Favourite Charity or cause that you are passionate about?

Kids Company, founded by Camilla Batmanghelidjh, provides a safe place for vulnerable inner city kids. Working with families and individuals the organisation gives practical, emotional and educational support.

4. Favourite artist?

Hannah Collins.

5. Favourite designer?

Coco Chanel.

6. Favourite actor & film?

I have so many; Fargo, Moonstruck, The Lives of Others, The Accidental Tourists, Lost in Translation, Rear Window, Spirited Away…..

7. Who are your heroes?

Susan Sontag, Theorist Mahatma Gandi, Civil rights activist Daphne De Maurier, Novelist Sir Ken Robinson, Educationalist.

8. Favourite drink & food?

Italian Aperol, Pizza and Salad.

9. Natural element that you reside most with?


10. Best joke you’ve ever heard?

What did the zero say to the eight? Nice belt.

11. Your personal motto?

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try harder. Fail better. Samuel Becket.

12. The era you would like to take a time capsule to?

I’m very happy with the here and now and I like it so I’ll stay!

13. If you could travel back in time 10 years, what advice would you give your younger self?

Relax, focus and aim high.

14. Favourite book & author?

Raymond Carver.

15. What is one big question you would like answered?

How did the headless horseman know where he was going?

16. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

28 Years old.

17. What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?


18. What’s something you know you do differently than most people?

I get lost in the moment and am very good at forgetting.

19. How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy?

We are all different!

20. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do, yet?

Achieve a studio residency in Lisbon, Portugal.

21. Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?

To be forever making new memories.

22. What is your happiest childhood memory? What makes it so special?

Playing on the Costa da Caparica coast, Portugal with my sisters and family. Being warm and without cares.

23. What is the challenge with the art industry today?

The fear of losing skill within content.

24. What challenges have you faced as an up-and-coming artist?

Finding people that want to foster creativity outside institutions.

25. Why in your opinion London matters that much in the art world today?

London is alive with experimentation and innovation. With so many young people and such a wealth of diversity there’s always something new and challenging around the corner.

26. How will you make use of London and the London networks to propel your career to the next level?

Be honest and authentic. Foster connections and promote belief. Share expertise and make explicit future goals.

27. What are you most proud of in your work?

It’s quiet, playful spirit.

28. Shortage of funds is always a challenge for those who follow their dreams and are committed to stick to their passion and their vision, no matter what – how do you approach it and what matters more, money or relationships?

Belief that tomorrow is another day. Work hard, except change as inevitable, listen, Smile. Relationships are important. Money comes money goes.

29. What do you value more, process or outcome? Concept or craftsmanship? Or….

I value most the journey, the quality or texture of the moment.

30. Last but not least, what will you like to be remembered for?

I’m not sure I will be remembered.

31. Your 10 favourite artworks (not including yours) by 10 Debut artists?

Untitled (Fan on table photograph), Liran Fisher
The Girl Next Door, Sam Shendi
It Feels Cold, Heloise Delegue
Without Gravity, Abigail Box
Chaos, Damilola Oduste
Funnel Factory, Tahnee Longsdale
Territorios Purim, Susana Lopez Fernandez
Disruptive Drinking Vessel, Sun Ae Kim
Berlin Bins, Frankie Morgan
The Merchants, Alexandre Piacsek

32. Your 10 favourite artworks ever by 10 different artists from any era or country or genre?

Samuel Beckett, Happy Days, 1961
Thomas Struth, Yosemite National Park, 1999
Mozart Requiem, 1785
Vija Celmins, Coma Berenices, 1974
Hannah Collins, La Mina, 2010
Donatello, The Ascention Relief, 1400
Diego Velasquez, las Meninas, 1656
Katsushika Hokusai, 36 views of Mount Fuji, 1826
Richard Patterson, Young Minotaur, 1997
Diana Arbus, Identical Twins, 1967

33. Your top 10 emerging artists?

Hilda Hellstrom
Laurie Kang
Shinji Otani
Alex Pearl
Katsutoshi Yuasa
Elodie Alexandre
Steve Evans
Tomoko Yamashita
Lizi Sanchez
Lorna Evans



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