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 2019 programme comprises four exhibitions by Ghislaine Leung, Mandy El-Sayegh, Ima-Abasi Okon and Sidsel Meineche Hansen.

Chisenhale Gallery is also working on a major new film commission with Imran Perretta. The film is produced by Chisenhale Gallery and Spike Island, Bristol, and commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery; Spike Island; the Whitworth, The University of Manchester; and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead. It will tour to partner venues throughout 2019 and 2020. 

Throughout 2019 – 2021, Chisenhale Gallery is working in partnership with The Institute of Contemporary Arts, BBC Arts and Arts Council England to present a new commissioning opportunity for young people, aged 16 - 30 years and based in London. Titled New Creativesthis newly launched initiative provides the opportunity for young artists to produce new audio or moving image works with the support of industry professionals. 

Partnerships are central to Chisenhale Gallery’s activities, enabling the production of ambitious projects. Through collaboration with partner organisations, Chisenhale Gallery shares resources and develops new networks. Works commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery go on to be shown in new national and international contexts, extending the reach of the programme.

Recent examples include Luke Willis Thompson's 2017 commission, autoportrait, shown at The Photographer's Gallery, London and the Berlin Biennial in 2018; and 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.

This Spring 2019, works commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery can be seen at the following national and international venues:

Banu Cennetoğlu, 1 January 1970 – 21 March 2018 · H O W B E I T · Guilty feet have got no rhythm · Keçiboynuzu · AS IS · MurMur · I measure every grief I meet · Taq u Raq · A piercing Comfort it affords · Stitch · Made in Fall · Yes. But. We had a golden heart. · One day soon I’m gonna tell the moon about the crying game., Sculpture Center, New York, until 25 March 2019.

Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Earwitness Theatre (2018), Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, until 28 April 2019.

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.