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Here you can find free resources to play, explore and experiment with art, inspired by the exhibitions at Whitechapel Gallery. All of our resources are made by our team of education curators in collaboration with artists and creative practitioners. Whether you are a teacher, parent, carer, facilitator or just curious about art, we encourage you to have a go with these activities. 

Feedback or questions? Write to us: education@whitechapelgallery.org  

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What is Art?

What is art? is a set of open-ended questions to prompt thought and conversation. Written with school groups in mind, but available to all as a way to explore cultural spaces and question our relationships to art. Designed to print on A3 to fold into an A6 booklet.

Kindly supported by THAMES (Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service).

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Performing the Outside

Created by artists Monstera Deliciosa, Jade Montserrat, Grace Ndiritu and Will Pham, Performing the Outside is an activity book all about finding new and playful ways to explore your local environment through performance, actions and gestures.Aimed at families and groups, and children age 8 and above.

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Pop-up Studio


 Explore and create your own studio, created by artist R.M. Sanchez-Camus in collaboration with artists from Portugal Prints studio in response to A Century of the Artists Studio and The Living Studio.

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A Clay Sermon


Made in collaboration with artist Phoebe Collings-James, this activity pack is prompted by Theaster Gates: A Clay Sermon in which the material and cultural significance of clay is explored.

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A Journey Through the Eye


Inspired by the colourful, eye-catching artworks within our current exhibition, Eileen Agar: Angel of Anarchy, this guided resource takes you through Eileen Agar’s experimental text, A Journey Through the Eye and encourages you to develop your own surreal stories.


Performing the Home


These activities all about working together to find new ways of exploring our homes and nearbsurroundings. Featuring ideas from Jasmin Bhanji, Harold Offeh, Martin O’Brien, Raju Rage & Nad MA, SERAFINE1369 and Helen Davison. 


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Can You Hear Me?


Designed by artist and activist Jacob V Joyce, this activity can be done at home or in the gallery to engage with the themes and ideas within Nalini Malani’s display.


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Open Tours


Helping you find ways in to talk about and think about art, this resource is designed to use at home or in the gallery. Each card revolves around a different theme to inspire conversations and interactions with any artwork.

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Bridging the Digital Divide


Alex Kais speaks with guests, programmer Chloe Randall and teacher Kerri Sellens, about how the Whitechapel Gallery has adapted to work with schools during Covid. Produced in partnership with A New Direction. Transcript Avaliable


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Hear, Now


Listen to the artists and thinkers in our exhibitions programme in dialogue with Whitechapel Gallery curators. They reveal methods and ideas, offering fascinating insights and perspectives on the work in the galleries and the cultural issues of our time. 


Professions in the Arts


What roles are there in a contemporary art gallery? This information sheet gives you ideas about the range of jobs, specialisms and expertise required in art world workplaces.

A detail from Eduardo Paolozzi, Wittgenstein in New York (from the series As is When), 1965. This is a screen-print on paper. The outline of two busts face each other in profile, their insides made up of machinery. The figure on the right is purple and blue while the one on the left is red and orange and tilts its head slightly upwards. Behind, skyscrapers emerge against a green backdrop.

Making - Breaking - Remaking


Eduardo Paolozzi was one of the most innovative and irreverent artists of the 20th century. Considered the ‘godfather of Pop Art’, his collages, sculptures and prints challenged artistic convention. This activity pack inspired by the artist gives you the tools and ideas to make your own.


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Experiment with Cyanotype


This practical activity was developed by artist Felicity Hammond in response to an exhibition by Christopher Williams. It is a simple, inexpensive way of introducing you to a new medium, expanding your understanding of photographic techniques.


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Conquering Canvas


Artist Phoebe Unwin sets you a task to conquer the canvas using paint, inspired by Mary Heilmann. Creative influences can be found in everyday objects, scenarios and actions. These steps act as a starting point for your own painting.