|| ‘Whatever the art, the Whitechapel has looked at it freshly and without prejudice, with spectacular results.’ Mail on Sunday
Currently the Gallery must close for up to 10 weeks per year to allow for exhibition installation. Visitors are turned away and opportunities for learning and training are curtailed.
The Whitechapel’s present education studio cannot accommodate normal class sizes and the overwhelming number of schools wishing to use the facilities.
The Library has no disabled access, while disabled access to the Gallery is limited.
The Gallery, purpose built in 1901, was described by Pevsner as a ‘wonderfully original and epoch-making building’. The library was designed in 1892 as a lantern, symbolic of its enlightenment values and representing the best in Victorian civic architecture.
The Whitechapel Project will renew both these landmark buildings for the twenty-first century.
Culture has a pivotal part to play in regeneration. The area around the Whitechapel is characterised by severe social, economic and environmental problems. The Whitechapel project will provide direct benefits in these areas and act as a catalyst for wider improvement.
Paul Noble, Nobson Central, (detail) 1998–9
Pencil on paper, 300 x 400cm
Courtesy of Mitchell-Innes + Nash