The London Open

The London Open is the new incarnation of the Whitechapel's long-standing triennial open submission competition, an event that gave early exposure to artists such as Grayson Perry, Bob & Roberta Smith and Rachel Whiteread.

Take a journey through the full gamut of art practice in the capital, from performance and DIY approaches to kitsch, outsider art and countercultural groups. The exhibition includes Arnaud Desjardin's live printing press, Leigh Clarke's negative casts of masks of political figures often worn during demonstrations, Nicholas Cobb's photographs showing fictitious model riot scenes at Bluewater shopping centre and Pio Abad's work featuring Saddam Hussein's gold taps printed on an imitation Versace silk scarf.

Venue details

Whitechapel Gallery 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London E1 7QX +44 (0)20 7522 7888

Entry details

Free entry to all
50% off exhibitions with National Art Pass

Open daily, 11am – 6pm (Thur, 11am – 9pm)

What the critics say


It is full of attitude; it is offering a theoretical view from above.