Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon 2021: Yinka Shonibare CBE


Event Information & Registration

Monday 22 March 2021, 8 – 9.30pm  (GMT)


We are delighted that the eighth Art Icon Gala and Auction will celebrate the remarkable achievements of Yinka Shonibare CBE and support Whitechapel Gallery’s pioneering youth programmes and educational activities.

To protect the safety and welfare of all attendees the event will be hosted on a virtual event platform.

The evening will include a special performance by four-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo.

An online auction of artworks donated by leading contemporary artists will also take place with our Art Icon auction partner, Phillips.

All funds raised through the event and auction will benefit Whitechapel Gallery’s pioneering education and community programmes. 

Dress code: All dressed up and nowhere to go

The platform will be opened for pre-event socialising from 7:45pm, and will remain open until 9:45pm after the main programme concludes at 9:30pm.

Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon 2021 Committee:

Aki Abiola, Sir David Adjaye OBE, Dorota Audemars, Erin Bell, Terhas Berhe, David Cleaton-Roberts (Cristea Roberts Gallery), James and Jane Cohan, Robert Devereux, Karon Hepburn (Stephen Friedman Gallery), Luigi Maramotti, Bimpe Nkontchou, Oba Nsugbe QC, Irene Panagopoulos, Catherine Petitgas, Jo Stella-Sawicka (Goodman Gallery), Maria Sukkar, Nadja Swarovski, Andreas Teoh, Helen Waters (Cristea Roberts Gallery), Cheyenne Westphal


Suggested Attendee Donation Levels


Individual £195

Individual attendees will receive a specially printed artist publication and tote bag*

Couple £350

Couples will receive two specially printed tote bags and one artist publication*

Virtual Benefactor Table of 10 £1950

Virtual tables consist of ten links to share with guests, and the ability to host them at a private ‘virtual table’ at certain points in the evening. Benefactors will also receive written acknowledgment in the event programme and receive the artist publication and tote bag. The Art Icon team is happy to speak to you about further accommodations, including meal options, for you and your guests. *

The deadline to register online for Art Icon 2021 has unfortunately now passed.  For any enquiries please contact:

E: articonaward@whitechapelgallery.org

T: 07845 706742 (9:30am – 5pm)



Bespoke Event Menu

Townsend, the restaurant that opened inside Whitechapel Gallery in February 2020, have worked closely with Yinka Shonibare CBE to create a menu for the evening to be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home.

Townsend have been sending out gourmet dinner boxes UK-wide since April 2020 and they have been featured in publications such as TimeOut, The Guardian, Sunday Times and GQ.

With their dinner boxes, all the hard work is done for you – so all that is required is to heat the dishes up and enjoy during the event!

Unfortunately the deadline to order a dinner box has now passed.


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The menu for the evening will be:

Main course

Chicken & spicy peanut curry with yoghurt-baked sweet potato


Vegan option; Spinach & plantain curry with braised okra

Served with flatbread, hard-boiled egg and salsa


Spiced honey cake with almond and yoghurt

Vegan option; Spiced ginger & date pudding with oat cream custard


Choice of wine or soft drink


The deadline to register to receive the publication and tote bag in advance of the event has unfortunately now passed. Guests who register after 23rd February will receive these items post-event and will be posted internationally on request.

Privacy information: we will need to share certain personal data guests provide with the virtual event platform in advance of the event.  Please see below link to our privacy policy page for more details.

If you require further information please get in touch with the team 


Tel: 07845 706742 (Monday, Tuesday and Friday 9:30 – 17:00)


The Whitechapel Gallery is committed to protecting your privacy and security. Our privacy policy page explains how and why we use your personal data and is intended to help ensure that you remain informed and in control of your information.

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