Chisenhale Gallery

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Chisenhale Gallery
Hackney London UK location map.svg
Established December 1986
Location 64 Chisenhale Road, London, E3 5QZ
Coordinates 51°19′08″N 0°13′23″W / 51.319°N 0.223°W / 51.319; -0.223
Type Non profit art gallery
Director Polly Staple
Public transit access No. 277, 425, 339 or D6 bus; Mile End Central roundel1.PNGDistrict roundel1.PNGBethnal GreenCentral roundel1.PNG

Chisenhale Gallery is a non-profit contemporary art gallery based in London's East End.

The organisation focuses on a programme of commissioned exhibitions, offsite projects and events, performances, film screenings and talks.[1][2] As of 2014, Chisenhale Gallery produces up to five major exhibitions each year.

Andrew Sabin at the Chisenhale Gallery, London (Supported by the Henry Moore Trust)

The gallery occupies the ground level of a 1930s veneer factory on Chisenhale Road situated in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, near Victoria Park. The gallery is one of Arts Council England's National Portfolio Organisations.[3]


Chisenhale Gallery promotes emerging and under-represented artists while contributing to the pursuit of new directions in their practice. The curatorial remit is to commission new work and support the artists throughout the project from inception to realisation and exhibition.

Chisenhale Gallery has been presenting inspiring and challenging new forms of artistic activity since the late 1980s. Artists who have exhibited at Chisenhale Gallery include Rachel Whiteread,[4] Cornelia Parker,[5] Gillian Wearing, Sam Taylor Wood, Wolfgang Tillmans,[6] Paul Noble, Pipilotti Rist,[7] Peter Friedl and Thomas Hirschhorn. More recently under the directorship of Polly Staple the gallery has produced solo commissions with a new generation of artists including Anja Kirschner & David Panos, Florian Hecker, Duncan Campbell, Pablo Bronstein, Josephine Pryde,[8] Linder, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye,[9] Amalia Pica,[10] Helen Marten,[11] Ed Atkins,[12] Mariana Castillo Deball,[13] Pratchaya Phinthong,[14] Cara Tolmie, Edward Thomasson, Nick Relph, Jordan Wolfson and Camille Henrot.

Events programe[edit]

Chisenhale’s events programme comprises various exhibition related talks and screenings, Interim and 21st Century events.


Interim is a programme which consists of one-off live and performance based projects, commissioned to response to the gallery’s unique space. Past Interim events include performances by Bonnie Camplin (in 2009), Pablo Bronstein, Emily Roydson & Ian White, Linder (all in 2010), Haroon Mirza, Elizabeth Price, Alexandra Bachzetsis [15] (all in 2011), Eddie Peake (2012) and Alice Theobald (2014).[16][17]

21st Century[edit]

21st Century hosts a divers range of artists, curators, theorists and writers in a range of interdisciplinary, research-based projects. Recent events have included screenings of moving image work by recent graduates, panel discussions, performances and presentations by artists, writers and curators including David Raymond Conroy, Neil Beloufa, Quinn Latimer, Mark Beasley, Sabel Galvadon, Boony Poon, Julia Tcharfas and Tim Ivison, Vanessa Visual and Virginia Verbal, Joseph Walsh, Katrina Palmer and The Melt.[citation needed]


Education at Chisenhale Gallery enables access to contemporary art. The programme offers events and family workshops facilitated by participating artists or with local community partners, as an opportunity to respond to each exhibition shown in the gallery space.


The gallery also represents a resource for the formal education sector. Chisenhale’s Education team facilitates the engagement of schools with contemporary art thorough the explorations of ideas and processes.

Between 2008 and 2011 Chisenhale Gallery commissioned A Sense of Place,[18] a programme of artistic projects in collaboration with secondary schools local to the gallery. Over the three years the artists involved in the project included: Public Works, Simon & Tom Bloor, Harold Offeh, Ruth Ewan and Amalia Pica.


In 2011 the Education department launched Propeller, a Youth Forum formed of young people interested in art and who want to engage with an arts institution. Propeller worked with artist Benedict Drew in 2011-2012 and produced a collaborative artwork which was exhibited in the gallery. Chisenhale Gallery also partnered with Ikon Gallery, Birmingham for Slow Boat Summer 2012,[19] which involved Propeller working with Ikon’s Youth Programme.


Offsite is a programme launched in 2010 which includes commissions, residencies, collaborations and touring events all taking place outside the gallery. The strand focuses on working with artists interested in engagement with social and cultural contexts.

In 2012 the gallery partnered with Create and launched the Chisenhale Gallery CREATE Residency (November 2012-August 2014) with Edward Thomasson as artist in residence.[20] The gallery also partnered with Tower Hamlets Parks and Open Spaces Department to deliver the Chisenhale Gallery Victoria Park Residency (2013-2014).

Since its initiation Offsite has realised commissions with Edward Thomasson, Cathy Haynes, Ruth Ewan, Amalia Pica, Mathew Noel-Tod, Benedict Drew and Cara Tolmie.

Board of Trustees[edit]

The Board of Trustees provides guidance and together with senior Chisenhale Gallery staff sets strategic directions for the gallery. The Board is chaired by Alice Rawsthorn and its members are:

  • William Burlington, Chairman of Lismore Castle Arts
  • Stephen Escritt, Partner at Counterculture Partnership LLP
  • Andrew Haigh, Executive Director, Client Propositions at Coutts & Co.
  • Andrew Hale, Musician
  • Priya Khanchandani, Independent Legal Adviser and Development Manager at Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Mark Leckey, Artist
  • Jimi Lee, Partner and Senior Director at Stuart Shave Modern Art
  • Keir McGuinness, Manager and Art Consultant
  • Jessica Morgan, The Daskalopoulos Curator at Tate Modern
  • Andrea Phillips, Writer and Academic
  • Toby Ziegler, Artist


  • Polly Staple, 2008–present
  • Simon Wallis, 2004 - 2008
  • John Gill, 2001 - 2003
  • Tamsin Dillon, 2000 - 2001
  • Sue Jones, 1998 - 2000
  • Judith Nesbitt, 1995 - 1998
  • Emma Dexter, 1987 - 1990
  • David Thorp, 1986 - 1987


How to work together[edit]

How to work together is a partnership programme of contemporary art commissions and research based projects devised by Chisenhale Gallery, The Showroom and Studio Voltaire. The project is supported by Catalyst Arts,[21] a match funding grant scheme from Arts Council England, Bloomberg and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

In 2014 responding to the theme of work and friendship Céline Condorelli [22] presented her work alongside of series of events at Chisenhale Gallery. Studio Voltaire showcased a series of murals by Ella Kruglyanskaya,[23] while Gerry Bibby [24] developed a site-specific installation at The Showroom.


  1. ^ Interview with Chisenhale Gallery's director Polly Staple; published 2013; retrieved 6 January 2014
  2. ^ About Chisenhale Gallery on Culture24;retrieved 6 January 2014
  3. ^ Arts Council England announces funding decisions and new National portfolio of arts organisations at the Arts Council; published 30 March 2011; retrieved 3 January 2014
  4. ^ Rachel Whiteread interview with Michael Archer; Tate transcript; published in Audio Arts Volume 12, Number 1, 1992; retrieved 3 January 2014
  5. ^ Cornelia Parker's practice debated by Simon Morrissey; First published in a-n Magazine June 2002; retrieved 3 January 2014
  6. ^ Wolfgang Tillmans biography; Tate collection text by Elizabeth Manchester; published January 2003; retrieved 3 January 2014
  7. ^ Interview with Pipilotti Rist by Art Monthly editor Patricia Bickers; published 6 June 2009; retrieved 3 January 2014
  8. ^ About Josephine Pryde's exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery; published 2011; retrieved 3 January 2014
  9. ^ Lynette Yiadom-Boakye's Chisenhale Gallery exhibition review; published 8 May 2012; retrieved 3 January 2014
  10. ^ The Guardian: Artist of the week 196: Amalia Pica; published 28 June 2012; retrieved 3 January 2014
  11. ^ The Gurdian review of Helen Marten's exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery, by Adrian Searle; published 2012; retrieved 3 January 2014
  12. ^ Review of Ed Atkins' exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery; published 11 November 2012; retrieved 3 January 2014
  13. ^ Review of Mariana Castillo Deball's exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery; published 30 September 2013; retrieved 3 January 2014
  14. ^ TimeOut review of Pratchaya Phinthong's exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery; published 9 August 2013; retrieved 3 January 2014
  15. ^ Alexandra Bachezetsis interviewed by Catherine Wood about her practice and her event at Chisenhale Gallery;retrieved 6 August 2014
  16. ^ Alice Theobald’s Interim event at Chisenhale Gallery 2014 - part 1;retrieved 6 August 2014
  17. ^ Alice Theobald’s Interim event at Chisenhale Gallery 2014 - part 2;retrieved 6 August 2014
  18. ^ A Sense of Place case study;retrieved 6 August 2014
  19. ^ Slow Boat’s project blog;retrieved 6 August 2014
  20. ^ Edward Thomasson’s performance Between You and Me, at The Glass House Community Centre, London, 2013;retrieved 6 August 2014
  21. ^ Catalyst Arts scheme explained;retrieved 6 August 2014
  22. ^ Céline Condorelli’s exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery;retrieved 6 August 2014
  23. ^ Ella Kruglyanskaya’s exhibition at Studio Voltaire;retrieved 6 August 2014
  24. ^ Gerry Bibby’s exhibition at The Showroom;retrieved 6 August 2014

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Coordinates: 51°31′59″N 0°2′23″W / 51.53306°N 0.03972°W / 51.53306; -0.03972