Chisenhale Gallery is committed to enabling greater access to contemporary art by engaging with new audiences, particularly young people. The gallery's new dedicated programme for young people provides the opportunity for participants to gain an insight into process of commissioning and producing contemporary art and opens the institution out to younger voices.

In January 2019, Chisenhale Gallery will launch a new programme for ten young people aged 16 – 20 years who are interested in contemporary art. This 12-month programme provides a space for critical discussion where young people collectively discuss issues and ideas that are important to them, and develop these ideas into public projects.

Through mentoring sessions with Chisenhale Gallery’s curatorial team and invited creative professionals, the programme supports creative practice among young people and provides participants the opportunity to learn new skills, build their confidence and form a network of new friends and collaborators.

The programme will be informed by the participants and draw on themes explored in the 2019 Commissions Programme. The 2019 Commissions Programme includes four exhibitions by Ghislaine Leung, Mandy El Sayegh, Ima-Abasi Okon and Sidsel Meineche Hansen. Through their work these artists explore themes including labour, image-production, identity, and new technologies.

Participants in the Young People’s Programme will meet once a month on Wednesday evenings, 5.30 – 7.30pm at Chisenhale Gallery. We ask participants to commit to participating for the full 12-month period.

Travel bursaries are available and food will be provided for all meetings.

For any enquiries, please contact Layla Gatens, Curatorial Assistant: Engagement

Chisenhale Gallery’s Young People’s programme 2019 is supported by the #iwill Programme


  • Throughout 2019 – 2021, Chisenhale Gallery is working in partnership with The Institute of Contemporary Arts, the BBC and Arts Council England to present a new commissioning opportunity for young people titled New Creatives.

    This newly launched initiative provides to opportunity for young people, based in London, to produce new work with the support of industry professionals. Successful applicants will be invited to present their work in a dedicated showcase at the ICA and their work may also be selected to be broadcast on television and radio under BBC Introducing Arts, made available on BBC iPlayer or BBC Sounds.

    For more information, including how to apply, visit the ICA website here.

  • Chisenhale Gallery Presents is a series of presentations delivered by commissioned artists, in collaboration with curatorial staff, at local secondary schools. Recent presentations have been delivered by artists Ghislaine Leung, Lydia Ourahmane, Maeve Brennan, Milou Van der Maaden and Imran Perretta. These events directly connect artists with students, and establish a link between gallery and classroom. To book a visit please contact Emma Moore, Curator: Engagement,

  • Chisenhale Gallery also produces a biannual Creative Careers Day, in partnership with local secondary schools. The Creative Careers Day offers students the opportunity to hear from a broad range of creative professionals including artists, designers and architects, with presentations followed by workshops offering young people advice about pursuing a future in the arts and creative industries. In autumn 2017, the Creative Careers Day was presented in partnership with Queen Mary, University of London.

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