Down The Road: Mindspace London – The Whitechapel Gallery

In our “Down The Road” series, we review places of interest and leisure surrounding Mindspace locations, so you can get the most out of the city.

Written by Ian R.

2 years ago

** All visuals are courtesy of Whitechapel Gallery **


Need some creative inspiration? Literally down the road from the upcoming Mindspace London is the much loved and well respected Whitechapel Gallery. Self-described as “The artists’ gallery for everyone”, the Whitechapel Gallery has been a central part of London’s contemporary art scene for more than 100 years.

The Whitechapel Gallery has exhibited works from a long list of renowned artists that includes modern masters such as Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Mark Rothko, and Jackson Pollock as well as contemporary artists such as Sarah Lucas, Paul Noble, Sophie Calle, Mark Wallinger and Thomas Struth.

Events such as film screenings and talks on various topics are held throughout the year, and the gallery offers courses by industry leaders on art curation and other related subjects.

Always Relevant, Always Welcoming

Since its establishment in 1901, the Whitechapel gallery has continued to make significant ripples in the art world. The original idea behind the gallery was to bring art to the people of east London, and this sense of community is still present in the way the gallery works today. All exhibitions are free of charge and the gallery is open to the public 6 days a week.

Serving the Community with Art

The gallery has a busy schedule of community projects, educational programmes, and events, and has acted as a thriving hub of art activity over the years.

Artists exhibiting at Whitechapel will often hold workshops free-of-charge that are aimed at supporting first-time visitors as they explore the world of art. The workshops are open to a variety of groups including adults with learning disabilities, mental health service users, ESOL groups and homeless people.

Whitechapel Gallery facade, with the Tree of Life by Rachel Whiteread.

Rachel Whiteread’s “Tree of Life” at Whitechapel Gallery. Photo: Guy Montagu-Pollock @ Arcaid, Courtesy of Whitechappel Gallery

The gallery’s “Local Knowledge” project is an ongoing research effort that seeks to create a dialogue and gather knowledge from local residents in the Whitechapel area. Another interesting project is “Art Already Made” which was developed by artist Rebecca Davies and invites women and their children to participate in sharing local knowledge, skills and creativity.

Buy Original Artworks from Whitechapel

The gallery sells selected works donated by artists in order to fund its exhibitions and educational programmes. Artworks for sale are listed on the gallery’s website.

Whitechapel Gallery Membership

For an annual fee of £30 you can become a member of the Whitechapel Gallery. Membership grants you exclusive access to exhibitions, artist commissions and public programmes, along with discounts on the gallery’s limited edition artworks. You also get reduced prices at the bookshop and at the gallery’s café and bar. The membership offer is a great gift idea for a friend or family member who loves art.

The Foyle Reading Room

The gallery has a dedicated space for art research called the Foyle Reading Room which is open to members of the public. The Foyle Reading Room offers access to the gallery’s archive, published documents, and library collection, and lets visitors read up on past exhibitions.


Useful Info

Whitechapel Gallery
77-82 Whitechapel High St
E1 7QX

Tue: 11am-6pm
Wed: 11am-6pm
Thu: 11am-9pm
Fri: 11am-6pm
Sat: 11am-6pm
Sun: 11am-6pm

+44 (0)20 7522 7888


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