Common Practice

Chisenhale Gallery

Chisenhale Gallery supports the production and presentation of new forms of artistic activity and engages diverse audiences, both local and international. This expands on our award winning, 25-year history as one of Londons most innovative forums for contemporary art and our reputation for producing important solo commissions with artists at a formative point in their career. We enable emerging or under-represented artists to make significant steps and pursue important new directions in their practice. At the heart of our programme is a remit to commission new work, supporting artists from project inception to realisation and representing an inspiring and challenging range of voices, nationalities and art forms based on extensive research and strong curatorial vision. For audiences, Chisenhale Gallery provides an opportunity to experience the process of art production intimately this is a place where art is not collected for presentation but where it is made and this in itself provides important learning opportunities to critically reflect and participate. As such Chisenhale Gallery operates alternately as an exhibition hall, production agency, research centre and community resource.

In the 1990s Chisenhale Gallery produced exhibitions with artists 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 Anja Kirschner & David Panos, Florian Hecker, Duncan Campbell, Amalia Pica, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, James Richards, Ed Atkins and Helen Marten.

The gallery produces up to five major exhibitions and intermittent major live events, Interim, each year. Artists are given a platform to make ambitious new work often in response to the gallerys unique space, a converted factory of 2,500 square feet. New programmes 21st Century and Open Research host a diverse range of artists, curators, theorists and writers in a range of interdisciplinary, research-based projects research-based projects presented in the studio, hosts a diverse range of artists, curators, theorists and writers. These programmes are all currently being developed alongside our Offsite and artists residency programme.

The programme for 2013/14 includes solo exhibitions with Nasrin Tabatabai and Babak Afrassiabi, Mariana Castillo Deball, Pratchaya Phintong, Nick Relph, Jordan Wolfson and Camille Henrot, and Offsite projects with Edward Thomasson and Cara Tolmie.

Chisenhale Gallery occupies a renovated 1930s veneer factory on Chisenhale Road located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, close to Victoria Park in the heart of Londons East End. With a committed local audience we aim to be a key organisation for artist led activities within the Tower Hamlets community, with a particular focus on providing activities for young people. The veneer factory and Godsons brewery industrial buildings have been occupied by three organisations Chisenhale Gallery, Chisenhale Dance Space and Chisenhale Art Place Trust (CAPT) since 1980.

Chisenhale Gallery is a registered charity and one of Arts Council Englands National Portfolio Organisations. The programme is fundraised for in entirety through funding bodies, sponsors, trusts and foundations, private benefactors and earned income streams such as sales of limited edition prints and event ticketing. Resource sharing is central to all our activities and we continuously seek to develop new networks and reach new audiences locally, nationally and internationally through strategic collaborations with partner organisations on the commissioning and production of projects as well as exchanging ideas and research.