Escape the Slick

13 January – May 2023

What should public space feel like? How do we find comfort, character and community in it?

These questions underpin an immersive environment created by Duchamp & Sons, Whitechapel Gallery’s youth collective, and London-based artist Gaby Sahhar.

Over a period of four months of workshops, walks, and conversations, the collective has examined the immediate environment around Whitechapel Gallery, considering the value systems local public spaces are built upon, and asking questions about access, affordability and the lack of spaces for young people to hang out and express themselves..

You are invited to take a seat in this space, which rejects the slickness and polish of modern architecture, and instead embraces comfort and self-expression, blurring the lines between public and private space.

Contribute to our community notice board, chat to a friend, make a new one, think about what public space means to you, or simply take a moment to pause.

Duchamp & Sons is a collective of 15-24 year olds from across London who meet regularly to experiment with art, curate exhibitions and events, and share space for food and conversation.