On Monday 18 November 2019, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of Whitechapel Gallery’s 2009 expansion into the Whitechapel Library and the extraordinary development in exhibitions, education activity and programming that has followed in the ten years since. The event also launched our Towards Tomorrow campaign to help us secure our future for the next decade and beyond.

The evening showcased the Gallery’s extraordinary range of activity through performances, artist talks, spotlight tours and installations. Guests immersed themselves in Peter Liversidge’s Expanded Notes (Sign Paintings for Whitechapel Gallery) (2019), a one-night-only installation of hundreds of posters and flags related to the Gallery’s history. They also had the chance to participate in talks by Whitechapel alumni artists Larry Achiampong, Helen Cammock, Goshka Macuga and John Stezaker; a Youth Forum Takeover of our Creative Studio with artists Rosie Ridgway and Ben White; displays of our Artist Editions, Publications and Archive materials; screenings of films commissioned through our Eduation programme; Fluxus performances throughout the building; and curator-led tours and readings in our current exhibitions.

Thanks to all who joined in the celebrations!

Photo from a youth event

Busy foyer

Curator Trinidad Fombella speaking on Anna Maria Maiolino

Director Iwona Blazwick (right) and guests in Anna Maria Maiolino

Director Iwona Blazwick addresses a rapt audience

Entrance hall

Exploring archival materials in the Foyle Reading Room

Flag-lined foyer

Fluxus Performances 2

Fluxus performances

Fluxus performers approach the crowd

Fluxus performances

Goshka Macuga on her groundbreaking Whitechapel commission

Guest reactions to the impromptu Fluxus performances

Guests enjoying Anna Maria Maiolino

Guests entering the auditorium

Guests in the foyer 2

Guests in the foyer

Guests in the Sense Sound Sound Sense Fluxus exhibition (2)

Guests perusing the Documents of Contemporary Art

Helen Cammock speaks about winning the Max Mara Art Prize for Women

Historic plaques and Peter Liversidge signs intertwine

A pop-up operatic performance designed by Peter Liversidge

Opera singers enact Peter Liversidge

Peter Liversidge enveloped in his installation

Peter Liversidge sign

Peter Liversidge signs in the education tower staircase

Peter Liversidge Signs, Whitechapel Gallery Exhibitions 2009-2019

The evening

Youth Forum Members and guests in the Creative Studio Takeover

A guest contributes to the Youth Forum

Editions and Publications on display

Guests arriving through Peter Liversidge

Poring over the programme


Heloisa Genish, Commissioning Council Member (right) in the foyer