East London Art Weekend 2011 heads to top venues for four days of creative inspiration

By Laura Burgess | 07 July 2011
A photo of people looking up at a ceiling
© Thomas Struth 2011
Event: East London Art Weekend 2011, various venues, London, July 7-10 2011

The past decade or so has seen a boom in the East London scene for art and culture, notably with the likes of Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin featuring at White Cube, and trendy galleries such as Wilkinson and Fred that were former factories.

East London Art Weekend 2011 celebrates the incredible sights and hidden art spaces that has made the area a famous artistic destination. The four-day event will be full of late-night gallery openings, special events, cultural trails and a mix of exhibitions.

The weekend, in collaboration with CREATE11, is a pilot for a similar, larger-scale event in the run-up to the Olympics 2012.

The museums and galleries taking part include the Barbican Art Gallery, Chisenhale Gallery, Calvert 22, Museum of London, The Nunnery, Parasol Unit, Raven Row, Rivington Place, V&A Museum of Childhood, White Cube, Whitechapel gallery and The Women’s Library.

There will be family events throughout the weekend including an art trail, which starts at Spitalfields and ends in Whitechapel. Beginning at Raven Row, you can see three pioneers of sound art - Max Eastley, Takehisa Kosugi and Walter Marchetti - in Gone With The Wind.

Walk to the Women’s Library for a tour of autre mers by artist Françoise Dupré (see our Preview), who makes work celebrating womens' creativity. By the time visitors reach the Whitechapel Gallery there is the opportunity to see the life-size photographs of German artist Thomas Struth. The trail ends in the evening in Tracey Emin’s watering hole the Golden Heart pub.

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