Visit London Blog » whitechapel gallery Enjoy the very best of London Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:00:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 International Women’s Day Events in London Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:02:17 +0000 (Detail from) Cover of the book titled 'Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole', 1857. Artist/Photographer/Maker: James Blackwood. Courtesy of the Museum of London

From brave suffragettes to record-breaking graffiti artists, International Women’s Day is a chance to recognise, celebrate and further the amazing achievements of women today and throughout history.

As well as the Million Women Rise march, set to take over the streets of London on 8 March – International Women’s Day itself – London has all sorts of exciting and fascinating events taking place throughout the month. So if you don’t know your Mary Wollstonecraft from your Malala Yousafzai, or if you just want to enjoy great art, music and debate created by women, check some of these events out…

Women of the World Festival at the Southbank Centre

WOW, the Southbank Centre’s annual festival of talks, debates, performance and activism celebrating women and girls is back. There’s something for everyone, with politics, science, sex, fashion, war and power on the discussion menu. Highlights include comedy from Sandi Toksvig, inspiring words from Malala Yousafzai and music from Ronnie Spector. 5-9 Mar

Meet Mary Seacole at the Museum of London Docklands

As part of the International Women’s Day celebrations at the Museum of London Docklands you can Meet Mary Seacole (pictured above), the unsung hero of nursing who was known to the troops as Mother Seacole. Other activities include the Wonderful Women interactive tour and The Meeting of Two Queens, the true story of the encounter between Grace O’Malley, the Irish Pirate Queen, and Queen Elizabeth I. 8 Mar

Femme Fierce Leake Street Takeover

See 100 female graffiti artists and painters break a new world record as they paint the 300-metre-long Leake Street Tunnel in Lambeth, South London, in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness. Femme Fierce Leake Street Takeover is organised by Street Art Agency in partnership with Cre8 Gallery, Paint my Panda and GOT (Girls on Top). Watch the action live or even get involved yourself (after purchasing your ticket, email for more info). 8 Mar

In the Booth, In the Gallery: Votes for Women at The Jewish Museum London

Learn about the part Jewish women played in the campaign for votes for women – and their fight for equal rights for synagogue membership – in this fascinating talk at the Jewish Museum London. Led by tour guide and author Rachel Kolsky, the event commemorates 100 years since the National Gallery’s ‘Rokeby Venus’ painting was slashed by the suffragette Mary Richardson in 1914. 9 Mar

Women of the Great War at The New Cavendish Club

Did one of your female relatives serve in World War I as a nurse, in the Voluntary Aid Detachment or in the Ambulance corps? Then Age Exchange want to hear from you! The charity is working on a project entitled Children of the Great War and are inviting people to come down and share their stories with an interviewer. Women of The Great War takes place at The New Cavendish Club, and is free but booking is required. Don’t forget to being your letters, photographs and other treasures to be photographed. 8 Mar

Women’s History Month in East London

Forget one day, events celebrating the achievements of women are taking place throughout the month of March in East London. Just a few of the many exciting events taking place include: Women at the National Gallery (National Gallery, 8 and 22 Mar), Muhammad Ali And Me (Rich Mix, 9 Mar) and The Real World: Art, Gender and the Media Discussion (Whitechapel Gallery, 6 Mar). For the full programme visit the Alternative Arts website.

The Sistren at Fairfield Halls

History is brought to life at Croydon’s Fairfield Halls, as the true stories of three inspiring women who fought for equal rights are adapted for the stage in The Sistren. The women are: writer Mary Wollstonecraft, the founder of modern feminism; Claudia Jones, founder of the first Black British weekly newspaper and the Notting Hill Carnival; and suffragette Emma Lloyd Sproson, Wolverhampton’s first female councillor.

Birds Eye View Film Festival

The Birds Eye View film festival, celebrating female filmmakers, doesn’t properly start until 8 April but the organisers are hosting a special launch event on International Women’s Day, with a screening of Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines. The documentary traces the story of the Wonder Woman figure and introduces real-life superheroines. 8 Mar

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What’s On in London This Weekend: 21-23 September 2012 Thu, 20 Sep 2012 12:00:47 +0000

This weekend is a perfect example of the diversity of the capital’s event scene – whether you’re fashion-obsessed, love to bake, want to poke around top London buildings or just fancy reading a good art book, make room in your diary for something on this list.

Open House London

See London’s landmarks from the inside this weekend as Open House London grants access to buildings that are usually closed to the public. Nearly 800 buildings are taking part, such as The Granary Building, pictured above, and the Grade I-listed Italianate building which is home to the Foreign Office. At the other end of the design spectrum, visit the top of the elliptical glass tower at 30 St Mary Axe, which you probably know as the Gherkin. 22-23 Sep

London Fashion Weekend at Somerset House

If you can’t resist a designer label, London Fashion Weekend is a money saver, not to mention an indulgence. Cut-price fashion at up to 70% off is on show at Somerset House, days after the venue was open to fashion industry elite for London Fashion Week. If you opt for a ticket that includes catwalk shows, you can choose from those which focus on a single line like Issa London or ALICE by Temperley, or trend shows examining three key looks for the Autumn/Winter season: Sergeant Indigo, Lady Brocade and Kitchen Chic. 20 – 23 Sep

Cake and Bake Show at Earls Court

Talking of kitchen chic – this new show dedicated to cakes, bread, Mary Berry and all things baking is such a great idea we can’t imagine why someone didn’t come up with it sooner. Earls Court will be the delicious setting for The Cake and Bake Show’s classes and talks with baking luminaries, including Berry and her co-judge on the Great British Bake Off, Paul Hollywood. There are also hundreds of market stalls, a supplier zone where you can pick up the latest kitchen gadgets and a kids area to get little chefs baking. Online tickets are sold out but there will be some on the door on Saturday. 22 – 23 Sep

The London Art Book Fair at Whitechapel Gallery

Be it books, magazines or rare art publications, the London Art Book Fair will bring the best of international contemporary art publishing to the Whitechapel Gallery. Books range from individual artist’s work to gallery collections, and the free entry lets you attend the buzzing programme of events (the talks on commissioning contemporary art and the position of women in comic books look particularlyworthwhile).  As you browse, you could have your photograph taken by artist Sophie Loss to become part of her new artwork, On Reflection. 21-23 Sep

Do you know of an event that should be on our list? Comment below to let us know.

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What’s On in London This Weekend: 6–8 July 2012 Wed, 04 Jul 2012 14:47:54 +0000

If you’ve always longed to learn the polka or fancy a bit of umbrella jousting, the event line-up in London this weekend is looking peachy.

The Chap Olympiad
If you’d rather be stroking your pipe and adjusting your moustache than running the 100 metres, Bedford Square in Bloomsbury is the place to be this weekend. Gentleman’s magazine The Chap invites well-mannered men (and ladies) to its seriously silly event, The Chap Olympiad. The “celebration of athletic ineptitude and immaculate trouser creases” will see contestants throwing cucumber sandwiches instead of the discus and battling in Ironing Board Surfing, Umbrella Jousting and the Pipathlon. 7 – 8 Jul

Hampton Court Flower Show
Look out for energetic scarecrows at the annual flower show at the majestic Hampton Court Palace. The well-loved scarecrow competition has adopted a ‘porting Champions theme this year to reflect – what else? – the Olympic Games. Green-fingered experts will be on hand, along with displays like this year’s central feature which is focused on community gardening. A topical addition to the line-up is the ‘low cost/high impact’ gardens, showing how a much you can do with a limited budget. Until 8 Jul

The London Open at The Whitechapel Gallery
Spot the art stars of the future at The Whitechapel Gallery‘s open submissions exhibition which showcases current London art trends. The 35 contributors were chosen by a panel of experts and their pieces range from a directory of fictitious telephone numbers by conceptual artist Martin John Callanan to a print of Saddam Hussein’s gold bath taps on an imitation Versace silk scarf by Pio Abad. Until 14 Sept

Soane Museum’s new spaces
This little-known museum is a hoard of treasures kept by architect Sir John Soane at Lincoln’s Inn Fields in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The first phase of the £7 million restoration of his neoclassical townhouse is now complete, and this weekend is the first chance to poke around parts of the building never seen before such as the geometric staircase painted to look like the walls of a Roman catacomb. There’s also a brand new gallery with an exhibition exploring the design of Olympic venues. Exhibition until 22 Sept

The Kensington Palace Party
All abilities are welcome at these free outdoor dancing lessons and demonstrations in the gardens of Kensington Palace. This year’s workshops pay tribute to the two Queens who have celebrated a diamond jubilee: polka and Morris dancing reflect trends in Victoria’s reign, while a rock and roll class led by the London Swing Dance Society will honour us “new Elizabethans” and today’s queen. Head to the Gold Gates to find a spot – it’s first come, first served. 7-8 July

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Rachel Whiteread Installation Unveiled at Whitechapel Gallery Thu, 14 Jun 2012 15:29:49 +0000 Rachel Whiteread’s new installation on the Whitechapel Gallery façade was unveiled today. Tree of Life (2012) is the first permanent public commission in the UK by Whiteread, who has lived near the Whitechapel Gallery in East London for the past 25 years.

The Tree of Life is an Arts and Crafts motif symbolising social renewal through the arts. The leaves are cast in bronze and covered in gold leaf. We think they look beautiful!

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