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.

Now let us shift is a new e-publication exploring an intergenerational discourse around the creativity, wellbeing and labour of women of colour. Devised as part of Amrita Dhallu’s role as the 2018-2019 Curatorial Assistant: Commissions, the publication comprises a series of transcribed conversations between Dhallu and artists Lubaina Himid, Mandy El-Sayegh and Lydia Ourahmane. For more details, please click here.