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Whitechapel Gallery Overview

Whitechapel Gallery is an adventurous historic building full of ideas and great art from the world. Visitors walking through the gallery can follow the footsteps of modern masters like Hannah Hoch, Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso, and various pioneering contemporaries like Indy Sherman, William Kentridge, and Zarina Bhimji. The gallery is driven by a century-long commitment to art education and creating a participatory experience for young people, families, communities, and local schools. It offers free public debates, film screenings, collection displays, and exhibitions.

You can buy beautiful and affordable artworks made by leading artists exclusively for Whitechapel Gallery. The limited edition is meant to support the exhibition of the gallery and the education program and help develop the talent for the future generation. If you're considering Europe trip packages, don't miss the opportunity to visit Whitechapel Gallery and purchase these unique artworks while supporting its noble cause.

For more than ten years, the Whitechapel Gallery has presented the best contemporary and modern art to a growing audience worldwide. It has also enriched the lives of tourists by creating a global platform for the artists and art of the times. The gallery offers various events, talks, film screenings, projects, commissions, and exhibitions unrivalled in their accessibility, ambition, and breadth.

Generally, the Whitechapel Gallery has no permanent collection but it offers a rolling program of various exhibitions every year. These programs ranged from showcasing arts from Latin America, India, and Africa to premiering emerging figures like Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Picasso. The gallery also holds a triennial open submission competition recently relaunched as the London Open.

Rachel Whiteread’s most beautiful commission for the façade of the tree of life building was created with the support of the art fund and was unveiled in June 2012. The artist’s initial public commission in the UK features a cluster of leaves, cast in bronze and coated in gold leaves, emblazoning the gallery's façade with a shimmering foliage.

Highlights

• You can become a part of the infamous ‘Jack the Ripper’ tour that happens during the evenings at Whitechapel. Make sure to book it online in advance to experience one of the original Jack the Ripper tours
• You can enjoy some of the best Punjabi cuisines at Brick Lane. Here you can grab the main meal and drinks for only £20.
• Explore the Whitechapel Gallery, which hosts pioneering art from different famous personalities all over the world.
• You can also explore the East London Mosque to witness the beauty of that area.
• Visit bell foundry, the world’s most famous bell producer.
• You can also explore Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, which is now transformed with an eclectic mix of microbreweries, delicious wine pop-ups, and vintage stores.

How To Reach

By Bus: Bus numbers 25, 205, and 254 stop outside the Whitechapel Gallery. Bus numbers 15, 115, 40, 42, 45, and 67 stop at Aldgate station, which is only 1 minute away from the gallery. Bus number 35, 43, 78, 149, 242, 344, and 388 stops on the commercial road, which is only 15 minutes from the gallery. Take bus number 242 and 253 and stop outside Liverpool Street station, which is again 15 minutes away.

By Cycle: Cycling is the best alternative mode of transportation. You can park your cycles at the nearest docking station. Barclays cycle hire is at Aldgate East, Altab Ali Park, with 15 docking stations, and the Braham Street, Algate has 34 docking stations.

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Best Time To Visit

The morning tours are much recommended if plan to visit in a big group The Whitechapel Gallery offers private guided tours and group tours; however, these tours should be booked in advance. You can make a booking online or on the spot; based on that, you need to visit the gallery. So, book as per your convenience.

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Other Essential Information

  • You may be asked to leave the gallery if the gallery staff feels that you are causing any harm to the artwork. So, you should follow the rules of the Whitechapel Gallery.
  • Tourists cannot consume any food and drinking item inside the gallery; however, closed bottled water is permitted inside the gallery.
  • Guests are not allowed to take large bags inside the Whitechapel Gallery. So, you need to keep your large bags in a cloakroom.
  • You can take your mobile phones inside; it is, however, recommended to avoid taking calls inside the Whitechapel Gallery.
  • You take photographs inside the bookshop, café/bars, and Foyer. You may also take photos in some of the galleries but it depends on the exhibition.

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Point of Interest for Whitechapel Gallery
Exhibitions
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Exhibitions

The exhibitions at Whitechapel Gallery include films, installations, sculptures, and paintings representing the studio as a work of art and also present documentation of the artist’s studio by the world’s famous filmmaker and photographer.

Every time the exhibition represents more than 100 artwork by 80 artists and collectives from South America, North America, the Middle East, Japan, Europe, China, South Asia, Australia, and Africa.

It also includes the range from modern icons like Andy Warhol, Egon Schiele, Pablo Picasso, Louis Bourgeois, and Francis Bacon to contemporary figures like Kerry James Marshall, Lisa Brice, and Walead Beshty.

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Events
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Events

Various workshop series are hosted at the Whitechapel Gallery, and every workshop will explore the different heritage language and reconnoiter how meanings are changed through translation.

Every session will welcome a new poet. The languages explored at the events include Somali, Sylheti, Urdu, and Bengali, although the workshops are facilitated in English only. Every session tries to build a connection with each other and uses a playful and creative approach to work collaboratively and adequately communicate in an encouraging and supportive way.

These sessions are offered free of cost, and anyone can visit these sessions.

Books
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Books

There are various books that you can explore at Whitechapel Gallery. These books are available at the gallery itself in a nice reading area. However, you can purchase any book. All books are somehow related to art. If you are an art enthusiast, you should visit the books section at the gallery.

Eat and Drink
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Eat and Drink

At Whitechapel Gallery, you can find plenty of options to eat and drink. Visitors can grab anything and enjoy their food in the lovely seating area of the gallery. Tourists can also take the food items to their reading tables, where they can eat while reading their books.

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