Luke Willis Thompson, Cemetery of Uniforms and Liveries (Graeme), 2016. Commissioned by IMA Brisbane, supported by Creative New Zealand. Produced in association with Chisenhale Gallery and Create, London.
Please join us this Thursday 22 June, 6.30-8.30pm for the opening of Luke Willis Thompson’s exhibition, autoportrait. In his new commission and first solo exhibition in the UK, Thompson presents a portrait of Diamond Reynolds. In July 2016, Reynolds broadcast, via Facebook Live, the moments immediately after the fatal shooting of her partner Philando Castile by a police officer during a traffic-stop in Minnesota, United States. Reynolds’ video circulated widely online and amassed over six million views. Thompson proposed to make an aesthetic response that could act as a ‘sister-image’ to Reynolds’ video broadcast. The final work was produced in April 2017. It is a silent portrait of Reynolds shot on 35mm, black and white film and will be presented in the gallery as a single screen work. To find out more about the exhibition, please click here.   

In association with Luke Willis Thompson’s exhibition Chisenhale Gallery presents a programme of events including a conversation between the artist and Polly Staple, Director of Chisenhale Gallery, on Saturday 24 June, 2pm. For more information on all of the events, please click here.  

A reading list of texts, books and articles has been compiled in collaboration with Luke Willis Thompson to accompany his exhibition, autoportrait, at Chisenhale Gallery. This resource expands on ideas raised through Thompson’s new commission. Included are news articles and court documents that report on the case of Philando Castile and Diamond Reynolds; essays and books that provide reference and further context to the work; an interview between Luke Willis Thompson and Toby Haslett; and a review of his most recent work, Cemetery of Uniforms and Liveries (2016), produced during his Chisenhale Gallery Create Residency (2016-17). To download this resource, please click here.  

Ahead of his exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery, we will continue to revisit previous works by Luke Willis Thompson. Follow us on Instagram to find out more.  

Chisenhale programme alumni with shows opening this week include Ed Atkins and Helen Marten at Les Abattoirs, France, and Mark Leckey at Cubitt Gallery, London.


The gallery is currently closed as we prepare for Luke Willis Thompson’s exhibition. autoportrait, Thompson’s new commission, results from his Chisenhale Gallery Create Residency 2016-17. The exhibition opens at Chisenhale Gallery on Thursday 22 June, 6.30-8.30pm, and continues 23 June-27 August 2017. To find out more, please click here.   

Over the next few weeks we will be revisiting previous works by Thompson ahead of his exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery. Follow us on Instagram to find out more.  

Exist Without Anyone Knowinga film by Stop Play Record artist Raheela Suleman, is now available to watch on Channel 4’s Random Acts website. Stop Play Record is a three-year initiative for young people aged 16-24 years interested in experimental film. Suleman was a participant in the second year of the programme at Chisenhale Gallery, resulting in the production of this film.  

Last week we launched a special limited edition artwork by Wolfgang Tillmans. Chisenhale Poster 1997 (reprinted 2017) is the second in our new series of Anniversary Editions. Marking 20 years since his 1997 exhibition I Didn’t Inhale, Tillmans’ edition is a reproduction of the original A1 poster that accompanied his Chisenhale Gallery exhibition. There are still a few editions available to buy over the phone, via email, or in person. Sales are limited to one print per person. Gallery office hours are Monday to Friday, 10am-6pm. To find out more about the edition, and other Chisenhale Editions, please visit our Shop. Thank you to all those who have purchased an edition and a big thank you to Wolfgang Tillmans for his generosity.  

We would like to congratulate Chisenhale programme alumni Alexandra Bachzetsis, Maria Eichhorn and Rosalind Nashashibi, and forthcoming programme participant Banu Cennetoğlu, for their inclusion in dOCUMENTA 14, Kassel. We would also like to congratulate Hito Steyerl for her participation in Skulptur Projekte Münster. We are pleased to announce that recent Chisenhale programme alumni Maeve Brennan and Imran Perreta are the recipients of the fifth edition of the Jerwood Visual Arts Film and Video Umbrella Awards.


1. Lydia Ourahmane, The Third Choir (2014). Installation view, Ellis King, 2015. 2. Paul Maheke, Seeking After the Fully Grown Dancer *deep within* (2016). 3. Banu Cennetoğlu, Library of Spirits (2014), Gwangju Biennale 10, 2014. 4. Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Saydnaya (the missing 19db) (2016). Installation view, 13th Sharjah Biennial, 2016.⠀
Thank you to everyone who visited Maeve Brennan’s exhibition, The Drift, which came to an end on Sunday. The gallery is currently closed as we prepare for our forthcoming exhibition of new work by artist Luke Willis Thompson, which opens on Thursday 22 June, 6.30-8.30pm. To find out more, please click here. Chisenhale Gallery’s office is open during our usual hours, Monday to Friday, 10am-6pm.

Media coverage of Maeve Brennan’s exhibition includes Frieze, Artforum, ArtReviewStudio InternationalAesthetica, Art Asia Pacific and ApolloVisit the Audio/Video section of our website to watch Maeve Brennan in conversation with Erika Balsom, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies and Liberal Arts at King’s College London.  

This is the last week to apply for the position of Development and Operations Assistant at Chisenhale Gallery. The Development and Operations Assistant supports all areas of gallery operations and administration, with a particular focus on fundraising. For a full Job Description and further information on how to apply, please click here. Deadline on Monday, 12 June.

We are pleased to announce Chisenhale Gallery's 2018 commissions programme: Lydia Ourahmane, Paul Maheke, Banu Cennetoğlu and Lawrence Abu Hamdan. For more information on our current programme, please visit our Exhibitions page. To find out more about our historic programme, please visit our Archive. To receive regular updates on exhibitions and events at Chisenhale Gallery, please sign up to our Newsletter here.  

Generation Loss, an exhibition celebrating 10 years of Julia Stoschek Collection in Düsseldorf, Germany, opens this week featuring work by Chisenhale programme alumni Ed Atkins, Mark Leckey, James Richards, Wolfgang Tillmans and Jordan Wolfson, and forthcoming programme participant Hannah Black.