Taking inspiration from African American writer and novelist James Baldwin (b.1924, USA – d.1987, France), who observed that life is more important than art … and yet that is why art is important, Whitechapel Gallery presents a free three-month programme of collaborations with artists, performers and thinkers to examine the interface between art and everyday life, and connections between local and global concerns at a time of uncertainty and change.
Whitechapel Gallery was founded in 1901 to present “the finest art of the world for the people of the East End, London”. Now, more than 120 years later, we are renewing our commitment to this founding mission under the new directorship of Gilane Tawadros, recognising our pioneering history as a place for contemporary art and ideas that sits in the heart of London’s East End, and the opportunities this offers to collaborate and connect with global, diverse communities on our doorstep and around the world.
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