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.

At the heart of the programme is a remit to commission and produce new work, supporting artists from project inception to realisation. Chisenhale Gallery produces four major commissions each year presented as exhibitions at the gallery and at partner venues, alongside intermittent offsite and online commissions and residencies.

The programme represents an inspiring and challenging range of voices and art forms, based on extensive research and strong curatorial vision. Artists are chosen for their desire to explore pioneering new forms and discourses.

Recent lines of enquiry include the impact of new technologies on image production and the shaping of subjectivities. The programme has also addressed broader questions surrounding the body as a site of political enquiry, examining a paradox between restrictions of mobility and circulation within an increasingly networked society.

The 2018 programme comprises four new commissions by Lydia Ourahmane, Paul Maheke, Banu Cennetoğlu and Lawrence Abu Hamdan. For further details please visit the Exhibitions page.

The 2019 the programme comprises new commissions by Ghislaine Leung, Mandy El-Sayegh, Ima-Abasi Okon and Sidsel Meineche Hansen. We are also working on 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. Further details will be announced soon.

Partnerships are central to Chisenhale Gallery’s activities, enabling the production of ambitious projects. Works commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery go on to be shown in new national and international contexts, extending the reach of the gallery’s programme.

Recent examples include Camille Henrot’s 2014 co-commission The Pale Fox, shown as part of her Carte Blanche solo exhibition at Palais de Tokyo, Paris in 2017; Jumana Manna’s 2015 co-commission, A magical substance flows into me, at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, in 2017; and Alex Baczynski-Jenkins’, 2017 commission The tremble, the symptom, the swell and the hole together, at Migros Museum, Zurich, in March 2018.

Currently, works commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery can be seen at the following national and international venues:

Luke Willis Thompson, autoportrait, (2017), commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery and produced in partnership with Create: Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, until 3 June 2018.

Nicholas Mangan, Ancient Lights, (2015), co-commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery and Artspace, Sydney: 74 million million million tons, ScuptureCentre, New York, until 30 July 2018.

Chisenhale Gallery is a registered charity and one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations. Chisenhale Gallery’s Commissions Programme 2017-19 is supported by the LUMA Foundation.

Chisenhale Gallery fundraises for the artistic programme and curatorial traineeships in their entirety, as well as more than half of all core costs, through trusts, foundations and individual donations. All donations directly support the production of new work by artists, while enabling the gallery to keep all exhibitions and the majority of events free. Please visit the Support page to find out about ways you can support Chisenhale Gallery.