Exhibitions and Projects

Whitechapel Gallery announces Action, Gesture, Paint: Women Artists and Global Abstraction 1940 – 1970

Whitechapel Gallery presents Action, Gesture, Paint: Women Artists and Global Abstraction 1940-70. The exhibition reaches beyond the predominantly white, male painters whose names are synonymous with the Abstract Expressionism movement, to discover the practices of numerous international women artists working with gestural abstraction in the aftermath of the Second World War.

Posted in | 01 Dec 2022

Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon 2023: Jenny Holzer to be honoured on 19 January 2023

Whitechapel Gallery is pleased to announce that Jenny Holzer (b. 1950) is the tenth artist to receive its prestigious annual Art Icon award. On 19 January 2023, the award will be presented at a gala celebration hosted by Whitechapel Gallery Director, Gilane Tawadros.

Posted in | 15 Nov 2022

Shortlist Announcement: Max Mara Art Prize for Women 22-24

The Whitechapel Gallery, Collezione Maramotti and Max Mara are delighted to announce the five shortlisted artists for the ninth edition of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women:

Rebecca Bellantoni, Bhajan Hunjan, Onyeka Igwe, Zinzi Minott and Dominique White. This weekend the artists travelled to Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia, Italy, for the announcement as well as to celebrate the opening of the major artwork The Age/L’Età, by the eighth winner of the prize, Emma Talbot. The Age/L’Età tours from the Whitechapel Gallery where it was unveiled this summer.

Posted in | 23 Oct 2022

Whitechapel Gallery announces a new archival display

Out of the Margins: Performance in London’s Institutions 1990s-2010s explores London’s art scene during this pivotal period in which live performance moved from an underground artform to one acknowledged by the establishment.

Posted in | 26 Aug 2022

Donna Huanca invites you to enter PORTAL DE PLATA

Donna Huanca (b. 1980, USA), known for her immersive painterly and multi-sensory installations, concludes Whitechapel Gallery’s series of artist-curated displays drawn from the collection of the Christen Sveaas Art Foundation with an invitation to enter PORTAL DE PLATA.

Posted in | 25 Aug 2022

Whitechapel Gallery announces latest commission from Zadie Xa

In autumn of this year, Korean-Canadian artist Zadie Xa (b.1983) presents her largest solo exhibition in London to date, commissioned by the Whitechapel Gallery.

Posted in | 23 Jun 2022

Whitechapel Gallery presents Moving Bodies, Moving Images

Moving Bodies, Moving Images brings together a selection of short films made in the last decade by contemporary artists exploring the intersection of dance, choreography and moving image.

Posted in | 21 Jun 2022

Autumn 2022 Highlights

Whitechapel Gallery presents the Autumn 2022 Programme.

Posted in | 15 Jun 2022

Nocturnal Creatures 2022 festival line-up announced

On Saturday 23 July, 6pm – 11pm, Whitechapel Gallery presents Nocturnal Creatures 2022, connecting with local communities and transforming East London through immersive film, music, performance, art, DJ sets, and a bouncy castle. This free late-night annual festival is open to all and takes place in venues within walking distance of the Gallery.

Posted in | 13 Jun 2022

Emma Talbot, Winner of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women, premieres new work at Whitechapel Gallery

Emma Talbot (b.1969), winner of the eighth edition of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women, premieres a new body of work at Whitechapel Gallery in June. The Age/L’Età comprises animation, free-hanging painted silk panels, three-dimensional work and drawings.

Posted in | 30 May 2022

Summer 2022 Highlights

Whitechapel Gallery announces the 2022 Summer Programme.

Posted in | 12 May 2022

The London Open 2022

12 May 2022 – The London Open 2022 captures what makes the capital’s art scene so vibrant and diverse, reflects on the concerns of the next generation of artists and reveals their insights in challenging times.

Posted in | 11 May 2022

Artist Emma Talbot completes her 6-month residency as winner of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women

Max Mara, Collezione Maramotti and Whitechapel Gallery are pleased to announce that Emma Talbot (b. 1969, UK), winner of the 8th Max Mara Art Prize for Women, has completed her bespoke six-month residency in Italy. The new artworks produced during this period will be shown in an exhibition slated to open at Whitechapel Gallery, London, on 30 June 2022 and at the Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, on 23 October 2022.

Posted in | 04 Apr 2022

Whitechapel Gallery presents a 100-year survey of the studio through the work of artists and image-makers from around the world

Whether it be an abandoned factory, an attic or kitchen table, it is the artist’s studio where the great art of our time is conceived and created. In this multi- media exhibition, the wide-ranging possibilities and significance of these crucibles of creativity take center-stage and new art histories around the modern studio emerge through striking juxtapositions of under-recognised artists with celebrated figures in Western art history.

Posted in | 02 Mar 2022

Travel to designations far and wide with 26 international artists

Painter Paulina Olowska (b. 1976, Poland) reimagines Whitechapel Gallery as travel bureau, where works of art by Marina Abramović, Gillian Ayres, Ed Ruscha and more become portals to destinations around the globe.

Posted in | 02 Mar 2022

New archive exhibition traces the early careers of iconic artists and musicians

Whitechapel Gallery presents Galleries in the Groove: Three Visionary Dealers, 1960s- 80s, an archival exhibition exploring the revolutionary work of commercial galleries in three different cities.

Posted in | 02 Mar 2022

Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon 2022: Tracey Emin to be honoured on 22 March 2022

Whitechapel Gallery is pleased to announce that Tracey Emin (b. 1963, UK) is the ninth artist to receive the prestigious annual Art Icon award. On Tuesday 22 March 2022, the award will be presented at gala celebration hosted by Iwona Blazwick OBE (Director, Whitechapel Gallery).

Posted in | 10 Jan 2022


Whitechapel Gallery Announced Winner of 2020 NEON Curatorial Award

Whitechapel Gallery is delighted to announce Chloe Carroll as the winner of the 2020 NEON Curatorial Award, the announcement of which has been postponed for two years owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Posted in | 27 Oct 2022

Gilane Tawadros Appointed New Director of Whitechapel Gallery

16 May 2022 – Whitechapel Gallery is delighted to announce that curator and writer, Gilane Tawadros, has been appointed the new Director of Whitechapel Gallery, London. Currently Chief Executive of DACS, a not-for-profit visual artists' rights management organisation, and previously founding Director of the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva), Tawadros will take up her post in October 2022.

Posted in | 16 May 2022

Iwona Blazwick OBE to step down as Director of Whitechapel Gallery

Iwona Blazwick has announced that after twenty years at the helm she will be stepping down in April 2022. Blazwick will continue to work as an independent curator both with the Gallery into 2023, and on a wide range of international projects.

Posted in | 05 Jan 2022

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