Escape the Slick: Youth Takeover

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    Escape the Slick, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 13 January–May 2023. Photo: Damian Griffiths

Free entry

6 April | 6:30 - 9 pm | Free, No Booking Required

Galleries 5 & 6

Monday Closed
Tuesday 11am–6pm
Wednesday 11am–6pm
Thursday 11am–9pm
Friday 11am–6pm
Saturday 11am–6pm
Sunday 11am–6pm

Access Information

Escape the Slick: Youth Takeover

Join us for an evening of music, workshops, and exploration programmed by Whitechapel Gallery’s youth collective Duchamp & Sons. Inspired by their current exhibition Escape the Slick, which asks questions about access to public space whilst embracing comfort and self-expression, you can expect an evening of good vibes, exploration, and moments to connect to others.

The Programme

18.30 – 21:00 – Food, Drinks and Socialising in the Creative Studio

18:30 – 19:15 – Artist Talk

19:00 – 19:30 – Performances & Readings by young creatives in Escape the Slick

19:30 – 21:00 – Poster Making Drop In

20:00 – 21:00 – Closing DJ set by Tadi The Great

Open Call

Are you a writer, poet, or a creative with something to say? We’re looking for young people to share and perform short pieces of writing as part of Duchamp & Sons’ upcoming Escape the Slick: Youth Takeover at Whitechapel Gallery.

We’re looking for 1-5 minute long pieces which respond to any of the below prompts…

  • Public space
  • Rest & Comfort
  • Youth culture & self-expression
  • Living in London

These prompts were all a key part of conversations between Duchamp & Sons members and the artist Gaby Sahhar when they collaboratively curated the Escape the Slick exhibition, which this takeover evening celebrates and is inspired by.

We’ll be selecting our favourite submissions, and if yours is chosen we’ll be inviting you to perform yours on the takeover night in the Escape the Slick exhibition space.

Submit your piece by Monday 27 March and we’ll be in touch!

Event Details

What is the takeover? Escape the Slick: Youth Takeover

When is it? Thursday 6 April, 7pm-7.30pm

Where is it? Whitechapel Gallery, E1 7QX

Submission Guidelines & Information  

  • You must be aged 15-24 to submit
  • You should submit your piece via the application form by the deadline. You need to also indicate whether you, or someone else will be performing the piece
  • If your piece is selected then you will receive a £20 payment for taking part in the event

If you have any questions please get in touch on

About Duchamp & Sons

Duchamp & Sons is a collective of 15-24 year olds from across London who meet regularly to experiment with art, curate exhibitions and events, and share space for food and conversation.

Escape the Slick: Youth Takeover has been collaboratively curated by D&S Members Amir, Cartier, Constança, Danielle, Elizabeth, Elliott, Emily, Erika, Freya, Georgie, Iarla, Jasmine D-C, Jasmine S-A, Jemila, Joshua, Josserose, Miranda, Ruth, Shannay, Shree, and Yulin.