About Us

Chisenhale Art Place was born out of a need by artists to find new secure premises after their eviction in the late 1970’s from Butler’s Wharf. The search was concentrated in East London where vast numbers of buildings lay empty and four months later Chisenhale works was offered by Tower Hamlets Council.

The building which had been derelict for the previous decade was a mess. Rubbish and graffiti had to be removed, roofing, electrics, glazing, walls and doors all had to be installed. The founding members undertook the work over a two year period to create Chisenhale Art Place.

Today, Chisenhale Art Place occupies a unique position in London’s East End art community, providing a platform for local, regional and international artists and audiences.   It houses three distinct initiatives: two independent arts organisations; Chisenhale Dance Space and Chisenhale Gallery; and Chisenhale Studios which comprises 40 artist studios.

The Studios provide secure affordable workspace to both established and emerging visual artists who are exhibiting, performing and teaching nationally and internationally. The work of the Studio artists reflects the range of diversity of contemporary art practice and promotes a wider understanding of artistic processes through open sharing events, workshops, studio visits and professional development programmes.


Chisenhale Art Place is a company limited by guarantee (no.01615990). The company is also a registered charity (no. 285125) established to promote art education.  Chisenhale Studios is managed by the board of directors of  Chisenhale Art Place, while our Member organisations, Chisenhale Dance Space and Chisenhale Gallery, are independently managed with their own boards of directors.



Executive Director Andrea Davidson
Artists Development Co-ordinator Louise Ashcroft
Public Engagement Co-ordinator Yasmin Kauser


Nigel Brown (Chair)
Julie Baines
Matt Calderwood
Edward Chell
Aine Duffy
Jon George
Somil Goyal
Kate Hardy
Keir McGuinness
Nikki Tomlinson
Michael Regan
Tony Sharp

For detailed trustee profiles click here



We value highly the work that our volunteers bring to our Public Programme. In return, volunteers are able to access a wealth of experience in education co-ordination and hands-on participation in art classes and workshops with both in-house programmes and outreach projects.

If you would like more information on volunteering with us, please Click here to email us.


Planning and Policies

CAP Safeguarding Policy

Equal Opps Policy

Anti-bullying and Harassment Policy

Fire Safety Policy

CAP Grievance Procedure

CAP Smoke Free Policy

CAP Business Plan 2017-2021