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Join us this season for a series of in-Gallery events and late-night opportunities to explore our exhibitions. Two Thursdays each month, we’re open until 9pm in celebration of talks, film screenings and performances featuring artists, activists, engineers and more. Our bookshop and restaurant, Townsend, are also open late for post-event drinks and conversation.

See below for a full list of evening events and booking information. Don’t forget that Whitechapel Gallery Members receive 50% off tickets for two.


Gerrard O’Carroll Memorial Lecture: Ramon Amaro
4 November 2021
Talk | £9.50/7.50 concs.

Delivering the 8th annual Gerrard O’Carroll Memorial lecture, Ramon Amaro’s work investigates the complex relationship between race and computational technologies, posing urgent social questions. His forthcoming book The Black Technical Object: On Machine Learning and the Aspiration of Black Being (Sternberg/MIT Press) contemplates the abstruse nature of machine learning, mathematics, and the deep incursion of racial hierarchy.

Terra Firma: The Politics of Earth
18 November 2021
Talk | £9.50/7.50 concs.

What is earth? This interdisciplinary panel explores the political, cultural and social meanings of earth from four distinct perspectives: as commodity, as matter, as sacred and as sustenance. Special guest speakers including Angela YT Chan, Claire Ratinon, Kathryn Yusoff and artist Phoebe Collings-James consider powerful and creative ways to reimagining geology and land.

Here for Life
2 December 2021
Film | £9.50/7.50 concs.

Andrea Luka Zimmerman and Adrian Jackson’s performance documentary was shot in the now lost nomadic Community Gardens off Brick Lane. Its cast of formerly homeless citizens dance together, steal together, eat together and share their talents as they make their way through the city. Members of the cast will be in conversation with the filmmakers.

Burma Storybook
9 December 2021
Film | £9.50/7.50 concs.

Corinne van Egeraat and Petr Lom present their 2017 documentary about a country (then) emerging from years of dictatorship, told through Burmese poetry. The film circles around the story of the country’s most famous living dissident poet, as he waits for his long-lost son to return home. The directors are in conversation remotely following the screening.

Alongside these events, you’re invited to an entirely free season of exhibitions examining the significance of clay in history and community-building. Explore the material as vector of colonialism and global trade in Theaster Gates: A Clay Sermon and join Simone Fattal‘s odyssey of ceramic figures in our large, brick-lined gallery re-imagined as a giant kiln. Then take a seat in MEND PIECE for London to follow Yoko Ono‘s simple instructions, drawing on the Japanese art of kintsugi, to ‘mend the world’ with broken pottery fragments.

The dreams, nightmares and twilight landscapes of 35 international artists are also brought together in This is the Night Mail, a collection display selected by Ida Ekblad from the Christen Sveaas Art Foundation. Finish your visit in our auditorium where new moving image work from around the world is presented as part of the ongoing Artists’ Film International project.

Find out more and pre-book your tickets here.