77-82 Whitechapel High Street, Tower Hamlets, London, E1 7QX
020 7522 7878
Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Wed & Fri & Sat & Sun 11am-6pm, Thu 11am-9pm
Designed in a distinctive Arts and Crafts
architecture style by Charles Harrison Townsend,
the Whitechapel, Britain's first
purpose-built arts gallery, is renowned
both for the beauty of its light,
airy space and for embracing the local
community in its work.
Founded in 1901, extensive refurbishment
saw the gallery, reopened in April 2009,
double in size. The gallery does not have
a permanent collection, preferring
instead to host a constantly evolving
programme of works.
The Pop Art 'This is Tomorrow' exhibition
of 1956 is often hailed as the gallery's
most iconic event, although there are
a number of other exhibitions worthy of note.
Picasso's 'Guernica' was displayed here in 1938,
Jackson Pollock had work exhibited at the
gallery in the 1950s, David Hockney's first
show was held here in 1970 and Lucian
Freud had a major exhibition in 1993.
Times and prices are subject to change. Contact venue before setting out.