The Engagement Programme at Chisenhale Gallery comprises a broad range of activities for our diverse audiences. Public discussion is at the centre of Chisenhale Gallery’s commissioning process, and each project generates debate around contemporary art and culture. The programme creates opportunities for audiences to discuss themes that recur throughout the gallery’s Commissions Programme, and address key questions raised by each artist’s work which reflect timely social, political and formal issues.

The Engagement Programme encompasses public talks and events at the gallery and offsite, alongside workshops and events for children and young people, partnerships with local community organisations and visits from schools and higher education institutions. It also includes Chisenhale Gallery Presents, a series of presentations and workshops delivered by commissioned artists, in collaboration with curatorial staff, at local secondary schools in Tower Hamlets.

In association with each exhibition, Chisenhale Gallery also produces a range of contextual material including, an interview with each exhibiting artist and a reading list of related books, articles and films, all of which expand on ideas within artists’ work.

This material contributes to Chisenhale Gallery’s growing online archive, which includes texts, as well as audio and video recordings, providing a significant resource. Please visit the Watch, Read, Listen section of the archive to access Chisenhale Interviews, Reading Lists and audio and video recordings of events. The archive also contains information about historic events programmes including Interim, 21st Century and talks and events programmed in association with Stop Play Record and the Chisenhale Gallery Create Residency.

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.

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  • Young People
  • Chisenhale Gallery welcomes group visits from schools, universities and colleges. For further information or to book a visit please email Emma Moore, Curator: Engagement:

    Chisenhale Gallery is registered as an Arts Award Supporter and offers a range of activities, which can support Arts Award. These include visits to exhibitions, artist-led workshops, and vocational events as part of Stop Play Record, our programme for young people. For more information please contact

  • Stop Play Record was a three-year programme (2015 -18) for creative young people aged between 16 -24 years who are interested in making experimental short films.

  • As part of the commissioning process, a series of children’s workshops are programmed throughout the year. For details on all exhibition events, please click here.

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