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Chisenhale Gallery commissions and produces contemporary art, supporting international and UK-based artists to pursue new directions and make their most ambitious work to date. For audiences, the gallery provides opportunities to experience this process of art production through participation and critical reflection.

Chisenhale Gallery has an award winning, 35-year history as one of London’s most innovative forums for contemporary art. With a reputation for identifying new talent, the gallery is committed to engaging diverse audiences with a particular focus on young people. Chisenhale Gallery operates alternately as a production agency, exhibition hall, research centre and community resource.

Chisenhale Gallery is located on Chisenhale Road, a residential street in the heart of London's East End. Chisenhale Gallery was founded by artists in the early 1980s in a former veneer factory and brewery building. Since then the building has been home to Chisenhale Gallery and our neighbours Chisenhale Dance Space and Chisenhale Studios.

Early exhibitions at Chisenhale Gallery included solo presentations by Chisenhale Studios artists and group shows such as Ruins of Glamour, Essential Black Art and Beyond Structure. In the 1990s, the gallery produced first solo exhibitions in the UK with artists such as Rachel Whiteread, Cornelia Parker, Pipilotti Rist, Wolfgang Tillmans, Gillian Wearing and Thomas Hirschhorn. More recently, the gallery has commissioned new works by Ed Atkins, Helen Marten, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Hito Steyerl, Camille Henrot, Jumana Manna, Maria Eichhorn and Yuri Pattison.

Building on this rich history, the gallery continues to place artists at the centre of our activities. The 2017 commissions programme comprises four new exhibitions by Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, Maeve Brennan, Luke Willis Thompson and Hannah Black. Through their work these artists investigate and challenge traditional forms of exhibition making, raise questions about the importance of cultural heritage, and explore care as a site of production. The artists also address broader debates surrounding the ethics of collaboration and the body as a context for political enquiry.

The 2018 commissions programme consists of four new exhibitions by Lydia Ourahmane, Paul Maheke, Banu Cennetoğlu and Lawrence Abu Hamdan. Working with video, performance, sound and installation these artists explore how knowledge is produced, exchanged and consumed. Their work also raises complex questions concerning the effects of geographic borders on bodies and how systems of governance influence everyday experience.

As part of the commissioning process, discursive events are programmed in collaboration with each artist, and contribute to the organisation’s Engagement Programme of public talks and events held at the gallery and offsite. The Engagement Programme also encompasses partnerships with schools, higher education institutions and local community organisations.

Chisenhale Gallery is a registered charity and part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio. The gallery fundraises for the artistic programme in its entirety through trusts, foundations and individual donations. Please help to support Chisenhale Gallery by making a donation. All of our exhibitions and the majority of our events are free.

For more information about current and forthcoming commissions, please visit our Exhibitions page here. To find out about our historic programme, please visit our Archive page here.