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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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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.

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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).

Swarovski Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon 2014

British artist Howard Hodgkin was announced as the first ever Swarovski Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon. The award honours his lifetime achievement as one of our greatest artists.

Trailer: Artists' Film International Spring 2014

The global narrative of conflict, the rise of neo-liberalism and our relationship to nature are the themes explored through a trio of films from Belgrade, Istanbul and Mumbai. An evocative film One day, instead of one night, a burst of machine-gun fire will flash, if light cannot come otherwise (Oskar Davičo), (2009) by fearless artist Milica Tomić explores how conflict has become part of the fabric of our everyday lives. Tomić's film follows the artist walking through the streets of Belgrade with a machine gun, passing civilians who are seemingly unfazed by her weapon. A darkly comic new work, Crisis and Control (2013) from Burak Delier, sees office workers adopting uncomfortable and strenuous physical positions as they recite personal stories to the viewer. It highlights tensions between labour, human ambition and the inevitable disillusionment that ensues. Tejal Shah's abstract film, Some Kind of Nature (2013) paints a surreal and mystical picture which acts as an allegory for humankind's relationship to nature. While observing and meditating on various landscapes, the artist amplifies the poetry inherent in them. With special and sensual attention to rocks and trees, these inanimate beings begin to come alive and unfurl a communication of their own.

The London Art Book Fair 2014

The London Art Book Fair is an annual event which celebrates the best of international contemporary art publishing. Hosted by the Whitechapel Gallery, it showcases a diverse range of work ranging from individual artist publishers to galleries, magazines, colleges, arts publishing houses, rare book dealers and distributors.

Prix Pictet Conversations on Photography: Richard Mosse

Thursday 16 January, 2014 - 9pm A discussion on aesthetics, conflict and the camera with photographer Richard Mosse, who represented Ireland at the 55th Venice Biennale with his multimedia installation The Enclave -- depicting Congolese war zones through the use of discontinued military surveillance film. Led by Tate Curator Andrew Wilson. Supported by Pictet & Cie. Don't miss the latest Talks & Discussions at the Whitechapel Gallery:

Whitechapel Gallery Audio Guide: Winter 2014

Audio guide to the Whitechapel Gallery Winter 2014 exhibition programme.

Hannah Höch at the Whitechapel Gallery

The Whitechapel Gallery presents the first major UK exhibition of the influential German artist Hannah Höch (1889-1978). Bringing together over 100 works from major international collections, the exhibition examines Höch's extraordinary career from the 1910s to the 1970s. For more information visit:

Introduction to Hannah Höch

Eisler Curator and Head of Curatorial Studies, Daniel F. Herrmann, introduces Hannah Höch at the Whitechapel Gallery. For more information on the show visit: To discover more about the artist take a look at the catalogue published in coordination with the exhibition here:

Conversation: Kader Attia

The artist talks to Chief Curator Magnus af Petersens about his research across anthropology, science and material culture, confronting the layered ideas of continuity and repair in his new commission. More info:

Lecture: Truth and Lies: Joep van Lieshout

Joep van Lieshout, guest speaker in the first edition of a new annual memorial lecture on alternative dialogues between art and architecture - from the subversive and spectacular, to the intimate and experimental. Each lecture features a visionary practitioner on the thought and process behind their work.

Kader Attia Trailer

Artist Kader Attia introduces his commission created specifically for the Whitechapel Gallery -- open until November 2014.

Childrens Art Commission: Simon & Tom Bloor: Loose Parts

Interview with artists Simon & Tom Bloor

Whitechapel Gallery Director Iwona Blazwick introduces Sarah Lucas

Sarah Lucas SITUATION Absolute Beach Man Rubble Whitechapel Gallery Until 15 December 2013

Trailer: Artists' Film International Autumn 2013

Artists' Film International Murray Hewitt, Eric and Marc Hurtado, Bengü Karaduman, Rahraw Omarzad, Hong-An Truong and Morgan Wong The Whitechapel Gallery presents six new artists' films as part of Artists' Film International, a touring programme of film, video and animation selected by 15 organisations from around the world. This season's works look at geopolitical concerns and changing cultural histories from Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Morocco, New Zealand, Turkey and Vietnam. Rahraw Omarzad considers the destruction of Afghani archaeological artifacts and the reconstruction of the country's cultural infrastructure. Eric and Marc Hurtado explore the ancient rituals of Moroccan musicians from the Rif mountains, whilst Murray Hewitt reflects on the cultural histories and political narratives associated with the sacred site of Te Urewera National Park, New Zealand. Bengü Karaduman's animation describes Capitalism's large-scale processes of production and consumption, while Hong-An Truong and Morgan Wong attempt to link respectively Tokyo and Saigon, Hong Kong and Sapporo in works that reflect on socio-political change and time. Admission Free Rahraw Omarzad is selected by Center for Contemporary Arts Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan; Morgan Wong by Para/Site Hong Kong; Eric and Marc Hurtado, Cinémathèque de Tanger, Tangier, Morocco; Murray Hewitt by City Gallery Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand; Bengü Karaduman by Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey; Hong-an Truong by San Art/ Hanoi Doclab, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Artists in Residence: Annette Krauss: Hidden Curriculum/ In Search of the Missing Lessons

Two young women wander through the spaces of a school -- the corridor, canteen, staircase, library -- towards the street, and public transport. They walk backwards, indifferent to people around them. What happens when all protocols are challenged or reversed? Using performance and film as tools, Utrecht based artist Annette Krauss playfully explores with students the transformative potential of (un)learning. From small acts of creative disobedience, to collectively reinventing the use of objects and everyday routines, In Search of the Missing Lessons pursues Krauss' interest in radical education and pedagogy. This project involved a year-long collaboration with St Paul's Way Trust School (Tower Hamlets) and Cumberland School (Newham), resulting in a series of new videos: Undercover Studies, Collectively Rocking Chairs, and Reversed Impossible.

Time Out First Thursdays

On the first Thursday of every month over 170 galleries and museums in east London are open till 9pm with free events, talks, exhibitions and private views. Each month check out our top 5 exhibitions, join our free art bus, or follow one of our recommended walking tours from leading curators and writers:

Spirit of Utopia - Time/Bank

Julieta Aranda speaks about the Time/Bank project, an iteration of which is part of The Spirit of Utopia at the Whitechapel Gallery.

Spirit of Utopia - Ha Za Vu Zu

Turkish Collective Ha Za Vu Zu talk about their performance for The Spirit of Utopia, the Whitechapel Gallery's summer exhibition.

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