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London E1 7QX
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Tube Aldgate East, Aldgate
Founded in 1901 to 'bring great art to the people of the East End of London', the Whitechapel Art Gallery occupies a distinctive arts and crafts building designed by Charles Harrison Townsend. Its first exhibition, which included the Pre-Raphaelites, Constable, Hogarth and Rubens, attracted 206,000 local people. The programme has ranged from showcasing art from Africa, India and Latin America to premiering solo emerging figures such as Picasso, Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock. Through exhibitions such as the Whitechapel Open, the gallery has promoted artists who live and work in the East End of London.
The Whitechapel is entering an exciting new phase in its 100-year history; an ambitious £10.5 million expansion. Following the former Whitechapel library’s move to new facility, the Whitechapel has acquired the building to restore it and keep it open as a free art gallery all year round.
The expanded Whitechapel is due to open in 2009. Building has begun to unite the Whitechapel with the former library. During this time the Gallery will continue its exhibitions, talks, events, film, music, poetry and late night openings from its Angel Alley entrance as well as new projects at off-site locations.