Chisenhale Gallery is in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Close to both Victoria Park and the Queen Elizabeth Park, and adjacent to the Hertford Union Canal, the gallery is in the heart of London’s East End. Chisenhale Gallery produces an integrated artistic,education and outreach programme that is artist-led, with a core focus on commissioning groundbreaking new work and developing audiences. This expands on Chisenhale Gallery’s 30-year history as one ofLondon’s most innovative organisations for contemporary visual art and our reputation for producing important solo commissions with artists at a formative point in their career. Chisenhale Gallery is a not-for-profit registered charity and one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations.
Chisenhale Gallery enables greater access to contemporary art by developing new audiences. All projects position the gallery as a local resource where people are provided with opportunities to engage with contemporary art through the agency of artists. Chisenhale Gallery is a key organisation for artist-led education activities within the local community, with a particular focus on young people. These include artist-led workshops, family days, coffee mornings, activities for young people and teachers’ previews on-site at the gallery. Each year Chisenhale Gallery directly engages with up to 2,000 school children and university students through our partnerships with local schools and higher education institutions.
Offsite is Chisenhale Gallery’s programme of commissions, collaborations and residencies, taking place outside the gallery, bringing together artists and our eastLondon neighbourhood. The core focus is on commissioning artists who have specific interests in collaboration and direct engagement social and cultural contexts. Previous commissions include: Benedict Drew’s Slow Boat, a canal barge journey between London and Birmingham; Ruth Ewan’s Dreadnoughts, a series of curated east London walks; Matthew Noel-Tod’s Bang!, a film screening for dogs; and Amalia Pica’s I am Tower of Hamlets, as I am in Tower of Hamlets, just like a lot of other people are, a sculpture that travelled around east London during the Olympic year.
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