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To bring a close to the online film retrospective, A Listening Eye, the renowned filmmaker Mike Dibb was joined by award...
25/03/2021

To bring a close to the online film retrospective, A Listening Eye, the renowned filmmaker Mike Dibb was joined by award-winning essayist, novelist and campaigner Lisa Appignanesi OBE last week to discuss Dibb's documentaries with literary giants.

Over on our blog, retrospective co-curator Colm McAuliffe breaks down the live event and shares highlights from the momentous online screenings.

Read more: http://ow.ly/7FqK50E6seB

Yinka Shonibare’s work critically explores issues of race and class through painting, sculpture, photography and film, o...
24/03/2021
Yinka Shonibare CBE RA and Iwona Blazwick - Whitechapel Gallery

Yinka Shonibare’s work critically explores issues of race and class through painting, sculpture, photography and film, often questioning cultural and national definitions.

This evening, the British-Nigerian artist speaks with Whitechapel Gallery Director Iwona Blazwick about his work and exceptional career to date, on the occasion of his receipt of the 2021 Art Icon Award.

Find out more and book now: http://ow.ly/qPE850E6sOu

Yinka Shonibare CBE speaks with Whitechapel Gallery Director Iwona Blazwick about his work and exceptional career to date, on the occasion of his receipt of the 2021 Art Icon Award.

Congratulations to Yinka Shonibare CBE, our 2021 Art Icon! Last night we were joined online by more than 250 artists, co...
23/03/2021

Congratulations to Yinka Shonibare CBE, our 2021 Art Icon!

Last night we were joined online by more than 250 artists, collectors and art world luminaries to present Yinka Shonibare CBE with the prestigious annual Art Icon award, generously supported by the Swarovski Foundation. Hosted by actress Rakie Ayola and Iwona Blazwick, Yinka's profound contribution to contemporary art was celebrated throughout the evening.

Four-time Grammy Award winning musician Angélique Kidjo also gave a dedicated performance in honour of Yinka's work, whilst our online charity auction, hosted by Phillips, helped raise crucial funds for the Gallery's education and community programmes.

A huge thank you goes out to all who participated in and supported this year's Art Icon experience!

Now is your last chance to support the  Whitechapel Gallery’s Education Programmes. Bid on 16 phenomenal artworks from s...
23/03/2021

Now is your last chance to support the Whitechapel Gallery’s Education Programmes. Bid on 16 phenomenal artworks from some of the most exciting contemporary artists and exclusive experiences, closing at 12pm GMT.

Bid now: http://ow.ly/x52w50E60vK

Hosted by @phillipsauction

Tonight we are hosting our virtual gala for the 2021 Art Icon Award, supported by the Swarovski Foundation. The award ce...
22/03/2021

Tonight we are hosting our virtual gala for the 2021 Art Icon Award, supported by the Swarovski Foundation. The award celebrates the work of an artist that has had a profound impact in contemporary art.

This year we honour the lifetime achievement of Yinka Shonibare CBE RA in recognition of his pioneering work in installation, sculpture and performance.

Find out more about the Yinka Shonibare CBE and the virtual gala: http://ow.ly/IHjA50E4Y7F

#ArtIconAward2021 #YinkaShonibare

We’re excited to share the third interview in our Community Conversations series with our partners City Gateway who work...
21/03/2021

We’re excited to share the third interview in our Community Conversations series with our partners City Gateway who work with young people, women and families to give them the skills, experience and qualifications needed to achieve their ambitions.

On the blog Outreach and Participation Worker Moshoda Khatun brings her own life story to bear on the importance of community services dedicated to women, and about how art can help develop our confidence and independence.

Since 2019 Whitechapel Gallery has worked with City Gateway on a project called Voices That Matter. The project centres on singing as a means to engage with voice as a gendered construct with a social and political significance. The final outcome, a film and sound work, will be shared as part of a Community Festival this summer.

Head over to our blog to find out more about City Gateway, Moshoda Khatun and the incredible work they carry out: http://ow.ly/n61l50E3eHH

Earlier this month Emma Talbot, the 8th winner of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women, spoke to artist Joseph O’Connor abou...
20/03/2021
Artist Q&A with Emma Talbot: Part II - Whitechapel Gallery

Earlier this month Emma Talbot, the 8th winner of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women, spoke to artist Joseph O’Connor about her momentous project, lockdown experimentations and the sentiments that she holds dear.

Over on our blog, we share part of the conversation alongside behind the scenes of Emma at home and in her studio: http://ow.ly/gtIc50E3kpI

At the end of the month Emma Talbot‘s CIRCA-commissioned animation at The Piccadilly lights, Four Visions for a Hopeful Future, will draw to a close. Make sure not to miss this magical experiences. Likewise, you can also tune in to the CIRCA website at 8pm for the remainder of March to watch from the comfort of your home.

This month’s CIRCA commission is in collaboration with Collezione Maramotti, Whitechapel Gallery and Emma Talbot.

As we pass the halfway point of Emma Talbot's CIRCA-commissioned animation at The Piccadilly lights, Four Visions for a Hopeful Future, we visit the artist in her studio, reflecting on the ideas that bring her work to life and the sentiments that she holds dear.

For the eleventh and final week of A Listening Eye, Mike Dibbs film introduce us to acclaimed nature writer Roger Deakin...
19/03/2021

For the eleventh and final week of A Listening Eye, Mike Dibbs film introduce us to acclaimed nature writer Roger Deakin, poet Charles Tomlinson and his friend, fellow poet Octavio Paz. In Mexico City we celebrate Mike’s abiding love of Latin American culture with three full length docs exploring the sounds, images, voices and creativity of an amazing continent.

All free to view globally: http://ow.ly/OpdG50E3xG7

Thank you to all who joined us online for this rare and thrilling retrospective.

18/03/2021

"It seemed in lockdown that we were beginning to learn that we could be kinder...we could give each other more time...we could put ourselves under less pressure."

As we pass the halfway point of Emma Talbot's CIRCA-commissioned animation at The Piccadilly lights, we take a closer look at the artist in her studio, reflecting on the ideas that bring her work to life and the sentiments that she holds dear.

You can watch the full behind-the-scenes film on our IGTV or on the CIRCA website.

Find out more about Emma's commission, Four Visions for a Hopeful Future: http://ow.ly/cpf450E2uwr

This month’s CIRCA commission is in collaboration with Collezione Maramotti, Whitechapel Gallery and Emma Talbot.

#maxmaraartprizeforwomen #circa2021 #emmatalbot

In celebration of our 2021 Art Icon Yinka Shonibare CBE RA, we are pleased to announce that the Art Icon Online Auction ...
15/03/2021

In celebration of our 2021 Art Icon Yinka Shonibare CBE RA, we are pleased to announce that the Art Icon Online Auction is now live hosted by Phillips!

16 phenomenal artworks and exclusive experiences are now open for bidding in the 2021 Art Icon Online Auction, hosted by Phillips Auction House. All proceeds from the auction support Whitechapel Gallery’s education and community programmes.

Featured artists include Jadé Fadojutimi, Ilse D'Hollander, Donna Huanca, Rachel Jones, WonderBuhle Mbambo, Cassi Namoda, Ernesto Neto, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Antonia Showering, Khari Turner and Flora
Yukhnovich.

Don’t miss out on exclusive opportunities to dine with Iwona Blazwick, Director of Whitechapel Gallery, and artist Michael Armitage; visit the studios of Whitechapel Alumni William Kentridge, Tala Madani and Michael Rakowitz; enjoy a personal shopping experience and store credit at Margaret Howell; revel in the process of making a bespoke suit in a behind-the-scenes tour of Savile Row’s most famous tailor Henry Poole & Co; and enjoy an exclusive, private tour of haute watchmaker’s Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet in Switzerland.

For more information and to register to bid, visit Phillips website: http://ow.ly/VtXt50DZifl

The Art Icon 2021 Online Auction closes 23 March 2021, 12pm.

The Virtual Art Icon Gala honouring Yinka Shonibare CBE is supported by the Swarovski Foundation.

#YinkaShonibare #ArtIcon2021
Shonibare Studio, Yinka Shonibare Foundation, Guest Projects, G.A.S Foundation

Week ten of A Listening Eye opens the files on charismatic crime writer Elmore Leonard, tuning in to Chicago oral histor...
15/03/2021

Week ten of A Listening Eye opens the files on charismatic crime writer Elmore Leonard, tuning in to Chicago oral historian and broadcaster Studs Terkel and taking a line for a walk with the great graphic artist Ralph Steadman.

All free to view globally: http://ow.ly/hgZA50DYXkn

Today is Whitechapel Gallery’s 120th birthday!  To mark the occasion, we're delving into our historic archives to explor...
12/03/2021

Today is Whitechapel Gallery’s 120th birthday!

To mark the occasion, we're delving into our historic archives to explore the myriad memories, surprises and hidden treasures it has in store: http://ow.ly/Euta50DWrGi

Founders Samuel and Henrietta Barnett believed in the power of art – not only to educate, but also to unite communities who spoke different languages, held different religious beliefs and hailed from different backgrounds. Bringing art to the East End and kick-starting a history of firsts Whitechapel Gallery has premiered modern masters including Jackson Po***ck, Mark Rothko and Barbara Hepworth, Frida Kahlo, David Hockney, Lucien Freud, Cindy Sherman, Nan Goldin, Zarina Bhimji, Gillian Wearing, William Kentridge and Elmgreen & Dragset.

Stay tuned as we share rarely seen snippets from our 120-year history, including fascinating archival imagery, audio recordings with artists through the ages and blog posts from staff and friends of the Gallery who share their own memories from the building’s colourful past!

We’d also love to hear about your favourite memories of the Whitechapel Gallery. Tag us in your posts using or use the hashtag #WG120 – we’d be delighted to have you as part of our story.

The generosity of individuals, trusts and foundations, companies and statutory bodies remains vital to our delivery world-leading exhibitions and pioneering cultural programmes, and we are hugely grateful to Arts Council England and all of our current supporters. As a registered charity, gifts of all sizes make a real difference. Find out more about how you can support our future on our website.

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12/03/2021

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“A year of dark shadows was inspired by all kinds of information about instability from around the world in the news eve...
11/03/2021
Artist Q&A with Emma Talbot - Whitechapel Gallery

“A year of dark shadows was inspired by all kinds of information about instability from around the world in the news every day. During the pandemic I began to listen to lots of online discussions about how our future could be shaped and reimagined…It’s the idea of a portal to a different, more caring, responsible future that seems visionary to me.”

On the occasion of her new CIRCA commission at Piccadilly Circus, artist Joseph O’Connor spoke with Emma Talbot, the 8th winner of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women, about her momentous project, lockdown experimentations and the creative women who inspire her most.

Head to our blog to find out more: http://ow.ly/PrKd50DWpxx

On the occasion of her new CIRCA commission at Piccadilly Circus, artist Joseph O'Connor spoke with Emma Talbot, the 8th winner of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women, about her momentous project, lockdown experimentations and the creative women who inspire her most.

We’re excited to recognise Yinka Shonibare CBE RA’s outstanding contributions to contemporary art at the first virtual A...
10/03/2021

We’re excited to recognise Yinka Shonibare CBE RA’s outstanding contributions to contemporary art at the first virtual Art Icon gala celebration, later this month.

His work often engages with his self-identified ‘outsider’ status whilst investigating conditions of globalisation and postcolonialism, as well as representations of British heritage. In his series of five ‘pure theatre’ photographs, Diary of a Victorian Dandy: 19.00 hours, he depicts himself playing the role of a dandy, a status-concious figure who seeks acceptance in an aristocratic setting. As the series develops so do the engagement in debaucherous activities. His work demonstrates Shonibare’s ‘outsider’ identification with the dandy who uses his wit and style to enter the highest levels of society, which would otherwise be closed to him.

The Art Icon 2021 gala is generously supported by the Swarovski Foundation, dedicating a moment to raise funds for the Gallery’s pioneering Education and Community programmes.

To find out more about Yinka Shonibare CBE and the Art Icon Award 2021, head to our website: https://www.whitechapelgallery.org/support/art-icon/yinka-shonibare/

#YinkaShonibare #ArtIcon2021
Shonibare Studio, Yinka Shonibare Foundation, Guest Projects, G.A.S Foundation

To celebrate International Women's Day and her new commission with CIRCA, Emma Talbot and Whitechapel Gallery Curator, L...
08/03/2021

To celebrate International Women's Day and her new commission with CIRCA, Emma Talbot and Whitechapel Gallery Curator, Laura Smith, will be live on Whitechapel Gallery's Instagram tonight at 7:45pm GMT to talk about their work and inspirations: http://ow.ly/UH4W50DTiiN

Week 9 of A Listening Eye, delves further into Mike Dibb’s dynamic films about and with writers, thinkers, activists and...
05/03/2021

Week 9 of A Listening Eye, delves further into Mike Dibb’s dynamic films about and with writers, thinkers, activists and public intellectuals, as well as an artist or two.

Get the full lowdown on - and some high-end literary and artistic gossip about - the likes of Don Quixote, William Morris, John Ruskin, Graham Greene, AS Byatt, Lorca, Dali and Steven Rose - it's not everyday you find them in the same (screening) room.

All free to view globally: https://vimeo.com/user129702465

As spring approaches and the weather warms, galleries are starting to fill with hope at the thought of reopening! And wh...
05/03/2021

As spring approaches and the weather warms, galleries are starting to fill with hope at the thought of reopening! And while we can’t wait to welcome you back inside, we’re delighted to be partnering this month with HOXTON 253 art project space who has an exciting assembly of digital content lined up for this online edition of First Thursdays.

As we all recognise the detrimental reality of the pandemic, contemporary society is now, more than ever, countered by overwhelming scientific evidence prognosing the devastating outcomes of a climate catastrophe. More and more nations are turning towards greener alternatives, and, HOXTON 253 argues: there has never been a better opportunity to pressure governments in reforming the post-crisis economy into a greener and sustainable model.

Find out more: http://ow.ly/XIbz50DQSmL

The fourth and final animation in Emma Talbot's series, Four Visions for a Hopeful Future, speaks to the necessity of co...
04/03/2021

The fourth and final animation in Emma Talbot's series, Four Visions for a Hopeful Future, speaks to the necessity of collaboration and community in order to build a movement for cultural rebirth. Titled Chorus, the work features colourful, hand-drawn figures using their collective voices to promote change.

The animation, commissioned by CIRCA, will be unveiled across The Piccadilly Lights this evening at 2021. Watch this space as Emma's four films will be repeated on a rotating basis throughout the month of March, each simultaneously screening on the CIRCA website for all to see.

Watch now: https://circa.art/

CIRCA
Max Mara
Collezione Maramotti

What does a hopeful future look like to you? How does it sound?Emma Talbot's third animation commissioned by CIRCA propo...
03/03/2021

What does a hopeful future look like to you? How does it sound?

Emma Talbot's third animation commissioned by CIRCA proposes visionary ideas for a future defined by collective imagination. If passing by Piccadilly Circus this evening at 20.21 (or tuning in from home), be sure to head to the CIRCA website and plug in your headphones to hear for yourself.

Watch now: https://circa.art/

@CIRCA
Max Mara
Collezione Maramotti

What is a City? Emma Talbot questions the future of our cities in her second CIRCA-commissioned animation, going live on...
02/03/2021

What is a City? Emma Talbot questions the future of our cities in her second CIRCA-commissioned animation, going live on the Piccadilly Lights tonight at 20.21.

Part of the series Four Visions for a Hopeful Future, the artist explores different cities as they are reawakened, reflecting on the decisions we must make to make exponential growth.

@CIRCA
@maxmara
@CollezioneMaramotti

01/03/2021

Just 21 minutes to go Emma Talbot's first CIRCA-commissioned animation, A Year of Dark Shadows, premieres on The Piccadilly lights at 20.21.

Tune into our Instagram Live to see the animations in action 🎥

@CIRCA @maxmara @CollezioneMaramotti

The eighth week of A Listening Eye, focuses on Mike Dibb’s films with writers, thinkers, activists and public intellectu...
01/03/2021

The eighth week of A Listening Eye, focuses on Mike Dibb’s films with writers, thinkers, activists and public intellectuals - the incredible lives and ideas that Dibb has documented.

CLR James, Stuart Hall, Edward Said and Colin Ward were all subjects of extended, career-spanning interviews not long before they passed away.

All free to view globally: http://ow.ly/HCD750DL1Ip

Emma Talbot, winner of the 8th Max Mara Art Prize for Women, is unveiling four bespoke animations commissioned by CIRCA....
01/03/2021

Emma Talbot, winner of the 8th Max Mara Art Prize for Women, is unveiling four bespoke animations commissioned by CIRCA. Pausing the adverts on The Piccadilly Lights at 20.21, Emma's Four Visions for a Hopeful Future will be broadcast in a rolling four-night schedule throughout March.

Experimenting with animation for the first time during lockdown, the artist breathes life into her colourful, hand-drawn figures to inspire hope and ...

Should you be passing by Piccadilly Circus in March or hoping to tune in from home... plug in your headphones to her an elecronic soundscape Emma has composed to accompany her work.

Find out more: https://circa.art/

CIRCA Max Mara Collezione Maramotti

Join us on Thursday 4 March for the next event in the Postcards from the Diaspora series, led by Somali Italian poet, no...
28/02/2021

Join us on Thursday 4 March for the next event in the Postcards from the Diaspora series, led by Somali Italian poet, novelist, playwright, librettist and oral performer, Ubah Cristina Ali Farah.

This writing workshop will invite participants to create a portrait representing a woman who has inspired them, using either images or text. We will use an extract from a text written by Cristina, called Dance of the Oryx, which was produced in response to the idea of creating portraits through text.

This event is free, but spaces are limited and booking is required. This event will take place on Zoom; attendees will be sent a link, text and guidelines ahead of the event.

To register and find out more about Ubah Cristina Ali Farah head to our website: http://ow.ly/mxd650DJyXD

Organised in collaboration with Numbi Arts.

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