Whitechapel Gallery

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Whitechapel Gallery (Michelle Grant / Time Out)
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This East End stalwart reopened in 2009 following a major redesign and expansion that saw the Grade II listed building transformed into a vibrant, holistic centre of art complete with a research centre, archives room and café. Since 1901, Whitechapel Art Gallery has built on its reputation as a pioneering contemporary institution and is well remembered for premiering the talents of exhibitions by Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo among others. Expect the rolling shows to be challenging and risqué.


Venue name: Whitechapel Gallery
Address: 77-82 Whitechapel High St
E1 7QX
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11am-6pm; Thu 11am-9pm. Christmas closure: Dec 24-26
Transport: Tube: Aldgate East
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  • Sculpture Until Sunday May 14 2017
  • Until Sunday March 5 2017 Free
  • Photography Until Sunday April 16 2017

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Lucrezia A

After reading great reviews I decided to visit the Whitechapel Gallery, but honestly, I was very disappointed. Despite my appreciation for photography and contemporary art, there was really little to see in the gallery and my visit lasted indeed only 10 minutes if not less. There are 4 exhibition rooms, each one dedicated to different exhibitions, but little explanations and art display. Bonus point for the fact that it is free, but honestly, I don't know if I'd actually pay to see a gallery where there are so few things. 


Personally I find the Whitechapel Gallery to be a bit hit and miss, although perhaps thats just down to my own misunderstandings! The work is always very contemporary and cutting edge, sometime's theres a little and sometimes there's a lot, it really does just depend on what time of year you hit it. The annual 'London Art Book Fair' held here in Autumn is unmissable though. And my favourite thing about Whitechapel Gallery is the part they play in First Thursdays - a monthly event which connects many visual arts venues across East London. 

Diana T

There's always something new, different and interesting on here. Loads of up and coming artists show their work here. The space itself is really interesting, and the cafe and food are great. The art focuses on contemporary work, and the gallery's store has a great collection of art books. Whitechapel Gallery is the perfect introduction to East London and everything around it. You'll always see something that you don't expect once you walk through the doors.

Kritt N

The gallery is a bit of a hidden gem located in the east-end of London. The gallery sticks out a bit with its slightly grand exterior and contemporary interiors – a world away from the grunge and hip surroundings of the east-end street. Inside, the gallery exhibits some fine contemporary arts and you wonder how a gallery like this is not in central London where it’s more widely known brother and sister galleries are found.

The gallery is very easy to get to, located smack bank beside Aldgate East station and only 10 minutes walk away from Tower Bridge.

The gallery is quite small and I was able to wander around the gallery in its entirety in just over an hour. The more sophisticated art connoisseur could spend another hour or two inside. Despite it’s size, there is a lot of exhibits on show and

If you enjoyed the Tate Modern and other contemporary art galleries in central London, you’ll like it’s little sibling, Whitechapel Gallery; and like all museums in London it’s free to enjoy.

Sunil Kapoor

The gallery should have a parental guidance for the Sarah Lucas exhibit. I visited the gallery with my children and walked in on a very sexually explicit exhibition, no warning until it was too late. Exhibitions such as this must carry a warning when advertised and at the point of entry. There are age restrictions for films, venues, bars, but not for explicit gallery exhibitions. Whitechapel please sort this out.

Alice Berry

The Director of the Whitechapel, Iwona Blazwick isn't on every single 'most influential people in art' list for nothing. A visit to the Whitechapel always feels like you're at the forefront of what's happening in the contemporary art world. It's free to enter, has a terrific bookshop and is bang next door to Aldgate East tube station (a design destination in its own right). I'm very much looking forward to the Sarah Lucas exhibition in October 2013 and the Bloomberg commission is always worth a visit in its own right.