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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 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 Structureas 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 Whiteread, Cornelia Parker, Pipilotti Rist, Gillian WearingWolfgang Tillmans and Thomas Hirschhorn. More recently, the gallery has commissioned new works by Hito Steyerl, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Ed Atkins, Helen Marten, Camille Henrot, Jumana Manna, Maria Eichhorn, Yuri PattisonLuke Willis Thompson and Hannah Black.  

Building on this rich history, the gallery continues to place artists at the centre of all activities. The 2018 commissions programme comprises 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 history is constructed in order to examine the production, distribution and consumption of knowledge. Their work also addresses the emotional and political charge of material and place, raising complex questions about 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 events are free.  

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