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Chisenhale Gallery

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, 36-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 focus on young people. Chisenhale Gallery operates 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 including Ruins of Glamour and Beyond Structure, as well as Essential Black Art, which featured artists Rasheed Araeen, Sonia Boyce, Lubaina Himid and Mona Hatoum, among others. In the 1990s, the gallery produced first solo exhibitions in the UK with artists such as Rachel WhitereadCornelia ParkerPipilotti RistGillian WearingWolfgang Tillmans and Thomas Hirschhorn. More recently, the gallery has commissioned new works by Hito SteyerlLynette Yiadom-BoakyeEd AtkinsHelen MartenCamille HenrotJumana MannaMaria EichhornYuri PattisonLuke Willis Thompson and Hannah Black.   


Building on this rich history, the gallery continues to place artists at the centre of all activities. In 2019 Chisenhale Gallery is producing four new commissions, presented as solo exhibitions at the gallery and associated partner venues, by Ghislaine LeungMandy El-Sayegh, Ima-Abasi Okon and Sidsel Meineche Hansen. Working with painting, sculpture, sound and computer-generated animation these artists examine the influence of new technologies on the virtual, individual and social body. Through their work they contribute to new discourses on institutional-critique, exploring themes relating to labour, abjection and desire – often producing self-contained systems and complete worlds.


Chisenhale Gallery is also pleased to announce a major new film commission with Imran Perretta, co-commissioned with Spike Island, Bristol, and the Whitworth, The University of Manchester to be presented at the partner venues across 2019-20. 


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 events are free.   

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