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 Commissions Programme for 2019 comprises four exhibitions by Ghislaine Leung, Mandy El-Sayegh, Ima-Abasi Okon and Sidsel Meineche Hansen. Working with painting, sculpture, sound and computer-generated animation these artists examine the influence of new technologies on the virtual, individual and social body. Through their work they contribute to new discourses on institutional-critique, exploring themes relating to labour, abjection and desire – often producing self-contained systems and complete worlds.
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.
Currently, works commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery can be seen at the following national and international venues:
Paul Maheke, A fire circle for a public hearing (2018), Les Ateliers de Rennes - Contemporary Art Biennale, Rennes, France, until 2 December 2018.
Luke Willis Thompson, autoportrait (2017), Turner Prize 2018, Tate Britain, until 6 January 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.