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With beautiful galleries, exhibitions, artist commissions, collection displays, historic archives, education resources, inspiring art courses, dining room and bookshop, the Gallery is open all year round, so there is always something free to see. The Gallery is a touchstone for contemporary art internationally, plays a central role in London’s cultural landscape and is pivotal to the continued growth of the world’s most vibrant contemporary art quarter.

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Whitechapel Gallery Director, Iwona Blazwick is joined by potter and poet, Edmund de Waal for episode 3 of the Hear, Now...
05/11/2020
Hear, Now. Episode 3: Kai Althoff goes with Bernard Leach

Whitechapel Gallery Director, Iwona Blazwick is joined by potter and poet, Edmund de Waal for episode 3 of the Hear, Now podcast series.

The current Kai Althoff exhibition that features more than 40 of Bernard Leach’s cermaic vessels. Iwona and Edmund discuss Leach’s life and legacy and why his work is so important during this global pandemic moment.

Listen now: https://bit.ly/3mLIezg

Renowned artist, ceramicist and writer Edmund de Waal joins Whitechapel Gallery Director Iwona Blazwick to discuss the legacy of British artist and potter Bernard Leach. Founder of the Leach Pottery i

Further to government guidance, and in order to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff and community of visitors,...
02/11/2020

Further to government guidance, and in order to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff and community of visitors, Whitechapel Gallery is temporarily closing from Thursday 5 November until further notice.

All of our exhibitions and displays will remain open on Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 November from 11am - 6pm. Our health and safety measures will continue to be in place, so if you haven’t had a chance to visit, come and see us before lockdown!

With apologies to all those who have booked for viewings after Wednesday 4 November – please keep an eye on our website for re-opening details.

König Books will also close, while our restaurant Townsend will offer a home delivery service. More information can be found on our website.

Meanwhile, our exhibitors, my colleagues and our Board of Trustees join me in thanking everyone who has supported us through this volatile period. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Wishing you good health and good spirits,

Iwona Blazwick
Director
Whitechapel Gallery

Join our online workshop facilitated by Hoda Hashi explores Audre Lorde’s The Transformation of Silence into Language an...
31/10/2020
Postcards from the Diaspora - Whitechapel Gallery

Join our online workshop facilitated by Hoda Hashi explores Audre Lorde’s The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action (1977), from the perspective of voices within her community that have traditionally been silenced.

Spaces are limited and advance booking is required: https://bit.ly/35MMk3s

Hoda Hashi’s workshop explores Audre Lorde’s The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action (1977).

The COVID-19 pandemic has been yet another turning point in the history of the internet and our reliance upon it. Galler...
26/10/2020
Networked Curating - Whitechapel Gallery

The COVID-19 pandemic has been yet another turning point in the history of the internet and our reliance upon it. Galleries and arts institutions are looking anew at how we might use technology for expanded curatorial methodologies.

This Thursday our online Networked Curating screening and discussion takes Christopher Kulendran Thomas and Annika Kuhlmann’s film installation ‘Being Human’ (2019) as a launch point to discuss the networked image and experimental modes of practice.

http://ow.ly/9Txj50C31aN

This discussion invites curators and artists to consider the future of experimental, networked modes of practice.

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22/10/2020

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Applications for The London Open Call for entries are now open! This is your opportunity to exhibit your work at Whitech...
16/10/2020
London Open 2021 Call for entries - Whitechapel Gallery

Applications for The London Open Call for entries are now open!

This is your opportunity to exhibit your work at Whitechapel Gallery in The London Open 2021, a triennial exhibition that showcases the vibrancy and diversity of the capital’s art scene.

🔔 Apply now and find out more about the Call for entries: https://bit.ly/3nYXQRy

Artworks submitted for The London Open can be in any medium, including painting, sculpture, moving image, photography, drawing, performances, and installations.

Applications for the Call for entries close on Friday 27th November 2020.

This is your chance to submit your art to The London Open 2021, Whitechapel Gallery’s triennial exhibition that showcases the most dynamic work.

We are thrilled to share with you that we have received vital funding thanks to the government's #CultureRecoveryFund. T...
13/10/2020

We are thrilled to share with you that we have received vital funding thanks to the government's #CultureRecoveryFund. This award recognises the significant role the Whitechapel Gallery plays in the cultural landscape of London, the UK and internationally and will ensure that we can continue to engage with our vibrant communities of local residents, visitors, artists, members and partners.

Iwona Blazwick, Director says: The Cultural Recovery Fund offers a vital lifeline of support for Whitechapel Gallery and a further 1,384 arts organisations across the UK. We are delighted and relieved to receive £534,000 from Arts Council England to reflate our reserves. With this we can plan for a secure future for the Gallery, with the continued upkeep of our historic building, innovation in our programmes, and commitment to engaging local, national and international audiences. Now more than ever cultural organisations have a crucial role to play, offering healing, inspiration and hope in tackling the economic and environmental challenges of the future.

#HereForCulture
#CultureRecoveryFund
#dcmsgovuk
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Read more: http://ow.ly/8uEB50BRlhP

11/10/2020

If you’re taking a walk around London this weekend, keep an eye out for the next series of #ArtInTheHeart2020 posters, bringing imaginative environments to the East End.

What do you do to escape the everyday?

For British painter Gary Hume, both making and viewing art provide a means of escape. This autumn, Hume selects important works from the Hiscox Collection for his exhibition, Accelerate your escape.

Find out more about the artworks from #ArtInTheHeart2020 on our website: http://ow.ly/bjW050BOrFj

09/10/2020

Are you an artist or collective living and working in London aged 26 or over?

This is your opportunity to exhibit your work at Whitechapel Gallery in The London Open 2021, a triennial exhibition that showcases the vibrancy and diversity of the capital’s art scene.

Since 1932 the Whitechapel Gallery’s open submission exhibition has been a launch pad for leading contemporary artists in the early stages of their career including Larry Achiampong, Frank Bowling, Alice Channer, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Grayson Perry, Heather Phillipson and Rachel Whiteread.

Applications for The London Open 2021 open on Friday 16 October: http://ow.ly/Gxyo50BOiqD

08/10/2020
Big Ideas: Maria Hlavajova

Join the lecture with Maria Hlavajova, the artistic director of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht, exploring how can contemporary art and culture respond to and engage with the urgent political questions facing us today?

Join online lecture now: https://youtu.be/70bXP6Mxugc

How can contemporary art and culture respond to and engage with the urgent political questions facing us today? The artistic director of BAK, basis voor actu...

We're delighted to announce our new MA Curating Art & Public Programmes which we run in association with London South Ba...
08/10/2020
MA Curating Art and Public Programmes - Whitechapel Gallery

We're delighted to announce our new MA Curating Art & Public Programmes which we run in association with London South Bank University.

The course engages with emerging curators in an immersive one-year, full-time course that offers hands-on experience at Whitechapel Gallery.

Find out more and start your application now: http://ow.ly/ZoK550BMUZ8

This distinctive Masters of Arts programme offers a one-of-a-kind, integrative experience in working in the field of contemporary art, developing exhibitions and multi-disciplinary and inclusive public programmes. Students are introduced to specialised aspects of curatorial practice through dedicate...

The current exhibition, Home: Live > In Room, explores ideas of home as a place of confinement and introspection but als...
04/10/2020
Home: Live > In Room

The current exhibition, Home: Live > In Room, explores ideas of home as a place of confinement and introspection but also seeks to map home as a space where we project our fantasies and fragmented thoughts. Lockdown has raised questions about the suffocating nature of confinement.

You are invited to experience a darker, violently real home, and a dreamlike, imagined home drawn from lived realities. These are captured through a collection of personal stories, voices and images featured on Duchamp & Sons soundtrack of the display: http://ow.ly/l1tq50BDZFT

Whitechapel Gallery’s youth forum Duchamp & Sons is a regular group of young people aged 15 – 21 who meet in the gallery’s creative studio to work with artists, curators and practitioners from other f

Opening on 7 Oct, Kai Althoff's first institutional show in Great Britain featuring works by Bernard Leach.Presented acr...
29/09/2020
Kai Althoff goes with Bernard Leach - Whitechapel Gallery

Opening on 7 Oct, Kai Althoff's first institutional show in Great Britain featuring works by Bernard Leach.

Presented across three galleries, the show looks closely at paintings, works on paper and ephemera that tell stories and depict things that from Althoff's mind, everyone can understand as they speak of the human condition.

During the planning of the show, the artist talked of Bernard Leach and his deeply rooted love for his work. After all, Kai Althoff says, would he not have become what he is now, he would have pursued being a potter… Instead, he has always been drawing and painting, making things including music – yet never a “pot proper”.

Head to our website to find out more about Kai Althoff goes with Bernard Leach and pre-book your visit now: http://ow.ly/YYWl50BDYFQ

Kai Althoff’s first institutional show in Great Britain is presented in 3 galleries exhibiting paintings, works on paper and ephemera.

The Return of the Spirit in Painting closes this weekend. Don't miss seeing works by artists including Georg Baselitz, B...
25/09/2020
The Return of the Spirit in Painting - Whitechapel Gallery

The Return of the Spirit in Painting closes this weekend. Don't miss seeing works by artists including Georg Baselitz, Bruce McLean and Julian Schnabel, as well as significant archive material from the Whitechapel Gallery and the Royal Academy of Arts.

Book your visit now: https://bit.ly/3mNxUrz

The Return of the Spirit in Painting presents works by artists Georg Baselitz, Bruce McLean and Julian Schnabel, as well as significant archive material.

Only 3 hours left to browse and buy up to 50% off a wide range of artists’ editions (limited numbers available) from Whi...
17/09/2020
Whitechapel Gallery Artist Editions - Buy affordable artworks online

Only 3 hours left to browse and buy up to 50% off a wide range of artists’ editions (limited numbers available) from Whitechapel Gallery Artist's Editions, in the 2020 editions flash sale! Go, go, go!

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Browse our range of Limited Editions and prints. These affordable works of art are created exclusively for Whitechapel Gallery by leading contemporary artists.

Only a few hours left to buy in the 2020 editions flash sale! Up to 50% off a wide range of artists’ editions (limited n...
17/09/2020
Whitechapel Gallery Artist Editions - Buy affordable artworks online

Only a few hours left to buy in the 2020 editions flash sale! Up to 50% off a wide range of artists’ editions (limited numbers available) from Whitechapel Gallery Artist's Editions.

Take a browse: http://ow.ly/JV2n50BtyWw

Browse our range of Limited Editions and prints. These affordable works of art are created exclusively for Whitechapel Gallery by leading contemporary artists.

We're 3 hours into the editions flash sale where you can buy up to 50% off a wide range of artists’ editions (limited nu...
17/09/2020
Helen Cammock | Kaleidoscope (2019)*

We're 3 hours into the editions flash sale where you can buy up to 50% off a wide range of artists’ editions (limited numbers available) from Whitechapel Gallery Artist's Editions from the likes of previous exhibitors like Helen Cammock and Michael Rakowitz, and more!

Browse more and shop on our website: http://ow.ly/FJ8i50Btztq

For her Whitechapel Gallery edition, Helen Cammock has created a diptych of silkscreen prints entitled Kaleidoscope, to accompany the Max Mara Art Prize for Women exhibition, Helen Cammock: Che si può fare? at Whitechapel Gallery, 25 June – 1 September 2019. Artist edition available online.

The editions flash sale is now open! Join us from 12pm until midnight for the opportunity to buy at our exclusive online...
17/09/2020
Whitechapel Gallery Artist Editions - Buy affordable artworks online

The editions flash sale is now open! Join us from 12pm until midnight for the opportunity to buy at our exclusive online editions flash sale! Up to 50% off a wide range of artists’ editions (limited numbers available).

Take a look: http://ow.ly/Xc2j50Btr47

Browse our range of Limited Editions and prints. These affordable works of art are created exclusively for Whitechapel Gallery by leading contemporary artists.

Are you good at developing relationships with local communities through participatory programmes? Do you enjoy working c...
17/09/2020
Curator: Schools and Teachers (Maternity Cover) - Whitechapel Gallery

Are you good at developing relationships with local communities through participatory programmes? Do you enjoy working collaboratively as part of a team?

Whitechapel Gallery is looking for a Curator: Schools and Teachers (Maternity Cover) who can devise, manage and deliver a programme of activities that broaden the access of primary and secondary schools to the Gallery and online.

Find out more on our website: http://ow.ly/ZTbY50Btjeo

Whitechapel Gallery is looking for a Curator: Schools and Teachers (Maternity Cover) who can devise, manage and deliver a programme of activities that broaden the access of primary and secondary schools to the Gallery and online.

16/09/2020

Opening on Oct 7 the new archive display, Exercising Freedom: Encounters with Art, Artists and Communities, focuses on the Whitechapel Gallery’s community education programme from 1979 to 1989, exploring the role that art plays in society.

Co-curated with the Gallery's former Education Organiser, Jenny Lomax, the exhibition explores a transformative moment in art education against the convulsive backdrop of Thatcher’s Britain.

Find out more about what walking through the doors of the Whitechapel Gallery in the late 1970s felt like on our website and pre-book your tickets now.

http://ow.ly/zZPQ50BsHE7

For his commission Something Necessary and Useful, Carlos Bunga collaborated remotely with dancer Dane Hurst and the Gal...
11/09/2020
Carlos Bunga: Reconfigured - Whitechapel Gallery

For his commission Something Necessary and Useful, Carlos Bunga collaborated remotely with dancer Dane Hurst and the Gallery’s technical team to reconfigure his monumental structure.

Though one side of the construction was entirely removed, its foundations were left in place, as a reminder of the mutability of structures and the passage of time. Bunga sees spatial rearrangement as a form of choreography in itself, of which these fragments left behind are testimonials.

It's the last chance to see the newly constructed form before the show closes this weekend.

http://ow.ly/7HN250Booht

“For this show, and for the first time, the installation process was opened to the public… I really wanted to allow the visitor the possibility to follow the process from the very beginning so different bodies will interact with the installation. The fact that during the lockdown the body was ab...

Unveiling a new major work, Can You Hear Me? by Nalini Malani opens on 23 Sep, as part of our prestigious annual program...
10/09/2020
Nalini Malani: Can You Hear Me? - Whitechapel Gallery

Unveiling a new major work, Can You Hear Me? by Nalini Malani opens on 23 Sep, as part of our prestigious annual programme of artist commissions.

Can You Hear Me?, the artist’s first UK commission, comprises 88 animations made between 2017 and 2020, projected on the walls of the Whitechapel Gallery’s historic interior.

Embodying the role of the artist as social activist, Malani gives voice to the marginalised through visual stories which often take the form of multi-layered, immersive installations, exploring themes of violence, feminism, politics, racial tensions and post-colonial legacies.

Find out more about Can You Hear Me? on our website and pre-book your visit now!

Nalini Malani's first UK commission, immersviely explores themes of violence, feminism, politics, racial tensions and social inequality.

07/09/2020
Get to know... The Return of the Spirit in Painting

Get to know the current archive display: Return of the Spirit in Painting.

See works by renowned artists as well as significant archive material from the Whitechapel Gallery and the Royal Academy of Arts.

Closing on 27 Sep, book your visit online: https://bit.ly/3jU3Jwl

After a decade of conceptual and minimal art, the 1981 exhibition A New Spirit in Painting at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, took the art world by storm. La...

Now Open, Home: Live > In Room presented by Whitechapel Gallery’s Youth Forum, Duchamp & Sons, displays a virtually cura...
26/08/2020
Home: Live > In Room - Whitechapel Gallery

Now Open, Home: Live > In Room presented by Whitechapel Gallery’s Youth Forum, Duchamp & Sons, displays a virtually curated display featuring artworks drawn from the Hiscox Collection.

They consider the ways in which lockdown has affected experiences of art and culture and in searching for ways to stay connected, the Youth Forum’s display explores ideas of home and asks what makes a community.

Home: Live > In Room is free to visit until 3 Jan 2021. Booking is encouraged, please book via our website.

In searching for ways to stay connected, Whitechapel Gallery's Youth Forum Duchamp & Sons, explores ideas of home and asks what makes a community.

Opening tomorrow, our new Collection Display curated by British painter Gary Hume opens, showcasing works drawn from the...
24/08/2020
Accelerate your escape - Whitechapel Gallery

Opening tomorrow, our new Collection Display curated by British painter Gary Hume opens, showcasing works drawn from the Hiscox Collection!

For Hume, making and viewing art are a means of escape. Hume invites us to escape the every day and to find new joys and sorrows in the myriad worlds imagined for us by the artists he has selected.

The exhibition includes works by renowned artists including Etel Adnan, Nan Goldin, David Hockney, Noemie Goudal, Prem Sahib, Joan Miró, Eduardo Paolozzi and Pablo Picasso.

Accelerate your escape is free to visit until 3 Jan 2021. Booking is encouraged, please book via our website.

Important works by renowned artists are on public view for the first time in two consecutive, artist-curated exhibitions drawn from the Hiscox Collection.

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By tube: Aldgate East or ten minutes walk from Liverpool Street station By bus: 5,15, 15a, 25, 40, 67, 78, 205, 254 By rail: Liverpool Street station

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Friday 11:00 - 18:00
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Sunday 11:00 - 18:00

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