Summer Families and Community Day

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Free entry

Sat 16 July | 11:30-5pm

Whitechapel Gallery

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

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Community Day

Join us to celebrate the summer on this day for families and community groups, full of free artist-led activities, exhibition tours, food and fun.   

Spotlight Tours

Foyer / G1, 8, 9 | 2pm, 3pm, 4pm 

Join artists from Portugal Prints Studios who will lead tours of The London Open, paying special attention to personal highlights from the exhibition. 

 Reading is Fundamental

Gallery 5 & 6 | 11:30

Come and listen to a storytelling session by an artist, socialise with other families and spend some time exploring our library of children’s books, within the inspiring surroundings of Whitechapel Gallery’s exhibitions. 

 Build a Den

Creative Studio | 12pm 

Join The London Open artist Anna Crystal Stephens for a den-building workshop. Together we will create a temporary structure: a soft den sculpture that we can inhabit. 

  Wild Resources

Creative Studio | 3pm 

Rejoin Anna Crystal Stephens in our den sculpture to explore our relationship to plants, working with natural fibres to make string.  

  I Can Show You Better Than I Can Tell You

Archive Reading Room | 4pm 

Join Rakiya Abdulahi and Afi Hussen for a workshop and conversation centred around cross-community exchange drawing from a range of queer, black and brown texts and visual media using storytelling, art as a method of bridging this exchange. Thinking for this workshop stems from a Postcards from the Diaspora session previously held at the Whitechapel Gallery.  

 Food

Study Studio 

Delicious lunchtime refreshments will be provided by TATI Canteen, with snacks and drinks available throughout the day.  

About: Anna Crystal Stephens 

Anna Chrystal Stephens uses sculpture, action and photography to explore sustainable living strategies, self-sufficiency and the transition between nomadic and settled modes of survival. She investigates ancient practices like harvesting wild plants for food or medicine, learning about the edibility, uses and requirements of plants in order to viscerally understand rural and urban habitats. She is interested in small scale and integrated approaches to growing food as alternatives to industrialised horticulture. 

About: Portugal Prints 

Portugal Prints is a therapeutic arts project within Mind in Brent, Wandsworth, and Westminster. They have been bridging mental health support and artistic development since 1979. They work with artists living with mental health difficulties to construct a life beyond support services, a life of creativity and curiosity. 

 Art is at the heart of Portugal Prints and the main tool to empower people to express themselves to build resilience and to nurture meaningful relationships. With a non-clinical approach, they offer a tailored long-term, holistic support that is practical, social, emotional, and creative. 

About: Rakiya Abdulahi

Rakiya Abdulahi is a DJ, sonic artist, community organiser and digital marketer. Their community work primarily involves co-facilitating a Queer Somali organisation and collective in the UK. Their work aims to centre Queer, Black people and their experiences; archiving and recording their stories interwoven through their music, sound and oral recordings.  

Rakiya works with a horizontal and collaborative approach, encouraging access for all to the arts. They have performed at Pxssy Palace, Numbi Arts Festival, Let’s Have a Kiki, Cocoa Butter Club, Duckie and have spoken on a number of panels throughout London. Rakiya has recently begun exploring a filmmaking practice, having co-directed several upcoming music videos in 2022. 

About: Afi Hussen  

Afi’s involvement in community building at age 21 by co-creating a self-help group for Queer Somalis in UK, with the intention of becoming more acquainted with one another, helping each other feel more humanised, safe, filled with more resources and with more knowledge about our global roots. 

Outside of community building, Afi is a multi-disciplinary artist, whose practice combines storytelling with movement. Afi’s work as a dance artist has been highlighted by ICA, Royal College of Art, English National Opera, Illamasqua and Tate Modern. Afi had their off-West End debut last year, starring in Sundown Kiki at the Young Vic Theatre. 


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