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spacer Whitechapel Gallery Gala
26 February 2009
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  Thursday 26 February 2009, 7.30pm - midnight

The Whitechapel Gallery presents the world premiere of an evocative new artwork by artist Kutlug Ataman and composer Michael Nyman.

fff is an abbreviation of ‘found family footage’; and can also be read as a musical instruction. It is an original work created for the Whitechapel Gallery, by the Turkish artist and film director, Kutlug Ataman, and British composer, Micheal Nyman, who will perform live on the evening.

This unique artistic event forms the centrepiece of the Whitechapel Gallery Gala on 26 February. It is the first opportunity to see the newly expanded Whitechapel Gallery, due to open to the public in Spring 2009, and one of the final opportunities to contribute to the fundraising target of £13.5million.

fff is based on a collection of home movies shot by the heads of the Fryer and Howard families who worked with the RAF in Farnborough, in the 1950s and 60s. This found footage is an eclectic mix of domestic scenes and scientific experiments around flight, edited to create a work of multi-layered meaning. The films will be shown alongside a score composed by Micheal Nyman. Ataman reversed the traditional relationship between film and sound by asking Michael Nyman to compose his opus ‘blind’. He then edited a visual sequence according to Nyman’s music.

Iwona Blazwick, OBE, Director, Whitechapel Gallery; Geordie Greig, Editor, Tatler; and Sarah Lambert, Head, European Commission in the UK, along with a committee of artists and collectors invite guests to an evening of art and music.

200 guests buying tickets at £595 or tables at £5,500 will be welcomed with a champagne reception followed by the world premiere of fff. A three course feasting banquet provided by Urban Caprice will be followed by an auction by Francis Outred from Christie's of specially donated artworks by artists including Allora and Caldazilla, Naomi Bishop, Gerard Byrne, Isaac Julien, Margaret Salmon, and Francesco Vezzoli.

All proceeds from the Whitechapel Gallery Gala will support the ambitious expansion following a £13.5 million capital campaign, due to open to the public on 5 April 2009. The Gallery has now raised over £13 million for its expansion programme. The Heritage Lottery Fund supported project has transformed the former library building next to the Gallery, increasing gallery space by 78%. Designed by leading Belgian architects Robbrecht en Daem (with London practice Witherford Watson Mann Architects), the expanded Whitechapel Gallery provides one of the most exciting new cultural buildings in Europe.

Included in the expanded building are new galleries dedicated to presenting collections and new commissions; a permanent gallery and research room for the Whitechapel Gallery’s historic archive, and an Education and Research Tower including study and creative studios. These beautiful spaces for art have been designed by by the architects in collaboration with leading artist Rachel Whiteread CBE.

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