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Whitechapel Gallery

Whitechapel Art Gallery presents exhibitions, working with international, national and regional partners to bring contemporary ideas and art practice to a diverse audience. The gallery runs an extensive education and outreach programme, and a wide range of talks, events and film screenings, as well as a cafe and bookshop. Our funding supports core costs, artistic programme and education.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £1,500,000
  • 2013-2014: £1,536,000
  • 2014-2015: £1,575,936

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Peter Liversidge: Notes on Protesting

Over four months British artist Peter Liversidge worked with children aged 8 to 9 years old from the Marion Richardson Primary School in east London to discuss community, commonly held ideas and the power of a collective voice. Together they created songs, choreography, banners, placards and a performance staged at the Whitechapel Gallery on May Day 2014. The performance is restaged at the Gallery on 1 May 2015.

Jem Cohen, Counting (2015) - film extract

An extract from American film-maker Jem Cohen's documentary 'Counting' (2015) Jem Cohen: Compass and Magnet A film, music and performance season at the Barbican, Whitechapel Gallery and Hackney Picturehouse (31 March - 28 May 2015) To book tickets visit

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Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon Award 2015

Watch highlights from this year's Art Icon Award gala dinner in honour of Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon 2015, Richard Long.

MA Curating the Contemporary

A two-year theory into practice MA for students wanting to launch their careers in contemporary art, incorporating an immersive work placement at the Whitechapel Gallery. This is a professional course, devised and taught between The Cass, London Metropolitan University and the internationally renowned Whitechapel Gallery. For more information visit

Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon: Richard Long

The Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon is an award celebrating the lifetime achievement of one of our greatest artists. Iwona Blazwick, Director at the Whitechapel Gallery and Ann Gallagher, Art Icon Jury member discuss Richard Long, the 2015 Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon and his work over 40 years, plus a rare glimpse of archive materials from Long’s landmark exhibitions at the Whitechapel Gallery in the 1970s. The Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon 2015 is celebrated at a gala dinner and auction supported by The Swarovski Foundation on 19 March 2015.

Curator's Introduction to Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015

The Whitechapel Gallery's Director and exhibition co-curator Iwona Blazwick introduces geometric abstract art and unpacks the four themes of the exhibition- Utopia, Architectonics, Communication and the Everyday.

David Batchelor, Monochrome Archive, 1997-2015

23 December 2014 - 3 May 2015 For nearly 20 years British artist David Batchelor (b. 1955) has been photographing his series of Found Monochromes – white rectangles and squares encountered on walks through cities from London to São Paulo. Now for the first time all 500 images – an explosion of white rectangles in the Gallery – are shown as a multi-screen installation.

Adventures of the Black Square at the Whitechapel Gallery

A major new exhibition tracing a century of Abstract art from 1915 to today is on show at the Whitechapel Gallery from 15 January 2015 - 6 April 2015. Tickets on sale now. It brings together over 100 works by 100 modern masters and contemporary artists including Carl Andre, David Batchelor, Dan Flavin, Andrea Fraser, Piet Mondrian, Gabriel Orozco, Hélio Oiticica, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Rosemarie Trockel, Theo Van Doesburg and Andrea Zittel, taking over six exhibition spaces across the gallery. The exhibition Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915 – 2015 runs from 15 January 2015 - 6 April 2015.

Bart Lodewijks' project at the Whitechapel Gallery

How can drawing activate a shared experience? Stating that his lines are made both of ‘chalk and trust’, Dutch artist Bart Lodewijks is interested in drawing as a social practice built on conversations with individuals and communities. Working in collaboration with two groups of young people from across London, Lodewijks created a series of assignments that were the basis for workshops exploring public spaces. The project challenged participants to expand their idea of drawing, and developed into creative interventions inside and outside of the Whitechapel Gallery. The exhibition White Li(n)es runs from 9 December 2014 - 8 March 2015.

Richard Tuttle at the Whitechapel Gallery

Richard Tuttle: I Don't Know. The Weave of Textile Language 14 October - 14 December 2014 Renowned North American master Richard Tuttle (b.1941) fuses sculpture, painting and poetry. This five decade survey focuses on his use of textiles as test site. Colours mutate as they seep through cloth; canvas becomes geometric abstraction. Even sprockets, wires and stitching are part of his lyrical visual syntax. Tuttle also choreographs us - we might stub our toe on an object nestling against the wall or be arrested by a construction's ascent into space. Ranging from the three inch piece of rope that shocked New York's critics in the 1970s - to his enthralling book-works - this show immerses us in Tuttle's playful universe of form. Presented in conjunction with a major installation in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall and accompanied by a comprehensive publication.

Curator's Introduction to: Richard Tuttle: I Don't Know. The Weave of Textile Language

Curator At Large, Magnus Af Petersens meets with Richard Tuttle to discuss the artist's use of textiles and the themes of the exhibition.

Talk: Martha Rosler: Big Ideas

Friday 11 July, 2014 The renowned American artist discusses her varied and highly influential practice, using pivotal conceptual text and image work from the mid-1970s as a starting point for the conversation. She is joined by art historian Steve Edwards. This talk is held in connection with Afterall and the One Work publication Martha Rosler: The Bowery in two inadequate descriptive systems by Steve Edwards.

Fraser Muggeridge: Mimeographica Alphabetica (4 October - 30 November 2014)

Renowned for his innovative exhibition catalogues and books, graphic designer Fraser Muggeridge (b. 1973) worked with a group of 16 year old Graphic Design students from Welling School to creatively reinvent alphabets and typography. The final exhibition of the project showcases a stencilled alphabet designed and printed using a manual mimeograph machine – alongside materials such as stencil lettering tools and guides.

Artists' Film International October 2014 Highlights

A new season of works presented at the Whitechapel Gallery for Artists’ Film International, a collection of artists’ film, video and animation from around the world. Including artists Jorge Macchi (Argentina), Nicole Miller (USA), Angela Su (China), Oded Hirsch (Israel) and Provmyza Group (Russia).

Curator's introduction to Giulio Paolini: To Be or Not to Be, ( 9 July - 14 September)

Curator Daniel F. Herrmann introduces the artist and the themes of the exhibition, including the role of the artist and the viewer.

Matthew Barney: The Cremaster Cycle, Q&A at the Whitechapel Gallery, June 2014

Matthew Barney Weekend, London, 28 - 29 June, 2014 Matthew Barney and James Lingwood, Director of Artangel, discuss the artist's epic film series The Cremaster Cycle (1994–2002), a visually arresting experience which creates a mythology for the modern world. From Mormonism to Houdini, satyrs and nymphs to the Celtic giant Fingal, at the heart of the film’s cast of characters and symbols is New York’s iconic skyscraper the Chrysler Building. In partnership with the English National Opera.

Giulio Paolini at the Whitechapel Gallery

Giulio Paolini: To Be or Not to Be, 9 July - 14 September 2014 Italian artist Giulio Paolini immerses us in elegant installations of canvases, windows, fragments of statuary and checkerboards – sometimes presented by 18th century footmen. Believing that every work of art embodies earlier traditions, Paolini pays tribute to artists such as Chardin, Lotto and Velazquez. His own face, hands and eyes reappear throughout the show, as he asks Hamlet’s question of the artist.

Artists' Film International July 2014 trailer

This Season's showcase of artists' film from around the world: Yuri Ancarani (Italy), Mattias Härenstam (Norway), Masooda Noora (Afghanistan), Uudam Tran Nguyen (Vietnam) and Amir Yatziv (Germany).

Chris Marker, La Jetee, 1962

Chris Marker La Jetee (1962) Extract © 1963 Argos Films

Chris Marker: A Grin Without a Cat - Curator's Introduction

The Whitechapel Gallery presents the first UK retrospective of visionary French filmmaker, photographer, writer and multimedia artist Chris Marker (1921 -- 2012).

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