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Duchamp & Sons is Whitechapel Gallery’s youth collective for 15-24 year olds.

Duchamp & Sons is a collective of young people from across East London who meet regularly at the gallery and collaborate on creative projects with artists. They experiment with art, share space for food and conversation, and create exhibitions, events, and new artworks as a collective.

Founded in 2010, the name Duchamp & Sons was chosen by the group as part of one of their first ever projects.

Duchamp & Sons is made up of about 20 members, and each year we welcome new members into the group. Interested in taking part? Check out our Taster Evenings for more information.

Contact us

E: duchampandsons@whitechapelgallery.org

Find out more

Instagram @duchampandsons


Read the Duchamp & Sons manifesto here

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Past Projects

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Duchamp & Sons x Mohammed Z. Rahman

An exploration of storytelling, personal histories, and home and sanctuary with visual artist Mohammed Z. Rahman.


Our Future Libraries

Whitechapel Gallery’s Youth Collective, collaborated with Kneed, Ishwari Bhalerao and Leonie Rousham, to imagine the future of ‘the library’.


Escape the Slick

An exhibition made in collaboration with Duchamp & Sons and alumn Gaby Sahhar to explore ideas around public space.

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Youth Takeover: Mapping the Studio

A Duchamp & Sons takeover inviting audiences to see the studio through the eyes and ears of young artists. Developed in collaboration with artist Shepherd Manyika alongsideBen Connors.

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The D&S Archive

An exploration between Duchamp & Sons and bare minimum collective of what a Duchamp & Sons archive could and should look like.

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Virtual Studio Visits

Duchamp & Sons invite artists across the globe to open the doors to their creative workspaces and share their practices.


Duchamp & Sons x Ayo Akingbade

How do you come to feel part of a community? Duchamp & Sons collaborated with artist Ayo Akingbade to investigate ideas of place and belonging leading to the making of a new film.


Home: Live > In Room

Considering the ways in which lockdown has affected experiences of art and culture, Duchamp & Sons presents a virtually curated display featuring artworks drawn from the Hiscox Collection.


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Duchamp & Sons x Rosie Ridgway

Weaving experimental beats, sounds, lyrics, and spoken word the group worked with artist and musician Rosie Ridgway to create a new music album.

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Youth Takeover: Visions of the Future

Workshops, performances, tours and pop-up displays exploring fresh visions of the future. Developed in partnership with Community Music and Siobhan Davies Dance.

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Whitechapel Gallery Café, 1985 – 2007

An installation combining fact and fiction to re-imagine a new history for the Gallery’s former café. In collaboration with artist duo Wright & Vandame.

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Alone Together: Youth Forum with Seth Pimlott

The group investigate the strange allegiance between mind and body leading to the creation of two films and an exhibition with Seth Pimlott.

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The youth forum express their collective voice and explore their shared identity with gallery staff and artist Ruth Beale.

Duchamp & Sons presents The Light and Shadow Salon at Whitechapel Gallery

The Light and Shadow Salon

An enlightening afternoon of screenings, performances and discussions on the theme of ‘Freedom/Control’.  With artist Chiara Ambrosio.




Duchamp & Sons x Chiara Ambrosio and English National Opera

From animation to composition, costume to choreography Duchamp & Sons explored a cross- disciplinary approach to making.


Stories Uncovered

Exploring archiving in the 21st century through mapping and colour.

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Duchamp & Sons x Sophie Mallett

The group questioned ideas of surveillance, privacy and communication linking to the Electronic Superhighway exhibition.

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Duchamp & Sons x Sam Curtis

A collaboration with artist, fishmonger and curator Sam Curtis exploring participation, manipulation, negotiation, co-operation and exchange.

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Duchamp & Sons x Ruth Proctor

Over six weeks the group explored themes of chance, probability, luck and fortune in Proctor’s practice.

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De/Construct with Steven Morgana & Nick Wood

For this exhibition, Duchamp & Sons create new works in response to the Gallery space.


Duchamp & Sons x Jenny Moore

Performance artist Jenny Moore collaborated with the group over six weeks to create a new piece of art.