Chisenhale Gallery is one of London’s most innovative galleries for contemporary visual art, promoting national and international developments in visual culture through its ambitious commissioning of solo exhibitions and a newly established programme of public events including performances, film screenings and talks. Chisenhale Gallery is dedicated to increasing access to the visual arts through its artist-led, community and schools education programme.
Chisenhale Gallery has a long-term reputation for producing innovative solo commissions with artists often at a formative stage in their career. In the 1990s Chisenhale Gallery produced exhibitions with artists such as Rachel Whiteread, Cornelia Parker, Gillian Wearing, Sam Taylor Wood, Wolfgang Tillmans, Paul Noble, Pipilotti Rist, Peter Friedl and Thomas Hirschorn and more recently with Marine Hugonnier, Mai-Thu Perret, Rosalind Nashashibi, Lucy Skaer, David Noonan, Simon Martin, Ulla von Brandeburg and Anja Kirschner and David Panos.
The gallery currently produces up to five solo exhibitions each year. Artists are given a platform to make ambitious new work in response to the gallery’s unique space, a converted factory of 2,500 square feet. The exhibitions, events and education programmes are currently being developed to include a series of programmes that will host a diverse range of local and international artists, curators and writers, and will establish ongoing collaborations with local and international arts organisations as well as engaging with a wide range of local community groups.
Chisenhale Gallery occupies a renovated 1930s veneer factory on Chisenhale Road located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Since 1980 the veneer factory and Godson’s brewery industrial buildings have been occupied by three organisations: Chisenhale Gallery, Chisenhale Dance Space and Chisenhale Art Place Trust (CAPT).
Chisenhale Gallery is a fixed revenue client of Arts Council England. The programme is fundraised for in entirety through funding bodies, sponsors, trusts and foundations and private benefactors. Chisenhale Gallery often collaborates with arts agencies and other organisations to co-produce projects.