Research at Chisenhale Gallery encompasses a wide range of activity and is informed by the institution’s 36-year history and the gallery’s current commissioning process. Identifying new forms of artistic practice is central to our research, as is understanding the ways in which artworks are shaped historically and geographically. This is directly explored through the Commissions and Engagement Programmes. Through collaborative initiatives such as how to work together and Common Practice the gallery has also co-produced dedicated research and policy papers. Chisenhale Gallery’s online archive dating back to 1986 is a significant public resource.

Led by director Polly Staple, the curatorial team at Chisenhale Gallery are currently establishing a new framework to address research into the gallery’s exhibition and commissions history. This involves completing the historic archive and digitising further archive material, as well as commissioning researchers to investigate new approaches to this material. We are currently identifying a range of partners and funders to develop this programme.

Chisenhale Gallery Forum is an open discussion led by local residents, artists and activists based in Tower Hamlets, and devised by Layla Gatens as part of her role as the 2018-19 Curatorial Assistant: Engagement at Chisenhale Gallery. Using Chisenhale Gallery's 1988 exhibition Identity as a starting point, the event will reflect on local experience to consider new ways of working for collaborative and community arts practice. For more details please click here.