Zoé Whitley, senior curator at the Hayward Gallery in London, has been appointed director of Chisenhale Gallery in the city’s East End. Whitley will take the helm of the contemporary arts space, which prides itself on commissioning and supporting international and UK-based artists, in March.
“I’ve been inspired by Chisenhale Gallery’s program since I first became a curator,” Whitley said in a statement. “I’m honored to have been selected to lead its next chapter as director and excited by the challenges and possibilities for artistic collaborations to come.”
She succeeds Polly Staple, who was hired as director of the Tate’s collection of British art in October and took up the post earlier this month.
“We are thrilled that Zoé is to be the next director of Chisenhale Gallery,” Alice Rawsthorn, chair of Chisenhale Gallery’s board of trustees, said in a statement. “Her exceptional record as a curator and as a champion of cultural diversity and inclusivity equip her brilliantly for the role. We look forward to working with Zoé as she sustains Chisenhale’s rich history of experimentation by delivering a dynamic new vision for the gallery.”