Chisenhale Gallery commissions and produces contemporary art supporting artists to pursue new directions and make their most ambitious work to date. Discursive events, including lectures, screenings and workshops, run concurrent to the commissions programme. The gallery has an award winning, 34-year history as one of London’s most innovative forums for contemporary art and operates alternately as an exhibition hall, production agency, research centre and community resource.
Chisenhale Gallery was founded by artists in the early 1980s in a former veneer factory and brewery on Chisenhale Road. Since then the building has been home to Chisenhale Gallery and our neighbours Chisenhale Dance Space and Chisenhale Studios.
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, we continue to place artists at the centre of our activities. The 2016-17 programme includes major commissions by Peter Wächtler, Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, Maeve Brennan, Luke Willis Thompson and Hannah Black.
Chisenhale Gallery is a registered charity and one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations. All programmes are fundraised for in entirety through private benefactors, funding bodies, sponsors, trusts and foundations and earned income streams such as sales of limited edition prints and event ticketing. Resource sharing is central to all our activities and we collaborate with other organisations to co-produce the majority of our projects.