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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, 34-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 was founded by artists in the early 1980s in this 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.


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.


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.


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