Launched in 2014, the Whitechapel Gallery’s Art Icon Award celebrates the work of an artist who has made a profound contribution to a particular medium, influencing their own and subsequent generations of artists. It is presented at an annual gala celebration at Whitechapel Gallery, which raises funds for the Gallery’s pioneering education and community programmes.

Previous recipients of the Art Icon award are: Sir Howard Hodgkin (2014), Richard Long (2015) Joan Jonas (2016), Peter Doig (2017), Mona Hatoum (2018), Rachel Whiteread (2019), Francis Alÿs (2020), Yinka Shonibare CBE RA (2021), Tracey Emin CBE (2022), Jenny Holzer (2023) and Isaac Julien (2024).