Duchamp & Sons is a collaborative programme for young people aged 15-21.

A regular group that comes together to collaborate with artists, curators and practitioners from other fields. The group have curated exhibitions and events in the Gallery, made films and even staged live art performances on Whitechapel High Street.

The youth forum was formerly known as the Young Curators. In 2010 they worked with artist Lady Lucy to explore ideas around naming and identity, resulting in a new group name – Duchamp & Sons.


Get in touch to join Duchamp & Sons. No previous art experience is necessary. All are welcome.


Come along to special events at the Gallery led by Duchamp & Sons.


Watch our film to hear from members of Duchamp & Sons and our Curator: Youth Programmes Renee Odjidja, on the occasion of the 2018 Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon Gala.

Contact us

E: duchampandsons@whitechapelgallery.org

Find out more

Twitter @duchampandsons
Instagram @duchampandsons


Read the Duchamp & Sons manifesto here

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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 Ayo Akingbade

What does home mean? How do you come to feel part of a community? Duchamp & Sons are working with filmmaker Ayo Akingbade to investigate ideas of place and belonging.

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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.

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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.

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Duchamp & Sons Manifesto

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.



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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.

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Duchamp & Sons x Ian Giles

A performance investigating how language can be abstracted through layering, repetition and reordering.


Stories Uncovered

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

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EYESPY.FM x Sophie Mallett

How much do you share? How much have you seen? How much do you say? How much have you heard? A live radio show on surveillance, privacy, communication and control.


Duchamp & Sons x Sophie Mallett

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

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5 Questions for Joan Jonas

An interview with pioneering American artist Joan Jonas, on the occasion of the Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon Award 2016.

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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 Takeover: Art Casino

An interactive workshop inspired by chance, luck and fortune in collaboration with artist Ruth Proctor.

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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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Tour: Richard Tuttle - I Don't Know. The Weave of Textile Language.

A tour led by Duchamp & Sons sharing their personal responses to the artist’s work.

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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.

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Duchamp & Sons: East End Abstract

Duchamp and Sons were invited to create films in dialogue with the Josiah McElheny exhibition.


The Naming Project with Lady Lucy

In the summer of 2010 the group worked with artist Lady Lucy to create a new name.


Young Curators: Archive Project

A project with artist Paul Crook investigating how the legacy of this group might be represented.