Talks & Events

Changemakers: Rachel Whiteread

19 Jun 2024 6.30-7.45pm

Royal Academy Of Arts
London W1J 0BD


One of Britain’s leading contemporary artists Rachel Whiteread talks about her monumental practice and career.

Rachel Whiteread will discuss her pioneering career and how her practice has continually pushed the boundaries of sculpture.

Rachel Whiteread is widely recognised for her casting of everyday settings, objects and surfaces, from hot water bottles and beds to entire houses. Transformed into ghostly replicas, her sculptures reveal hidden narratives to reflect on the purpose and memory that these objects once held.

Whiteread was the first woman to win the Turner prize in 1993 and to present a solo exhibition for the British Pavilion during the Venice Biennale in 1997. She was one of the Young British Artists (YBAs) who featured in the Sensation exhibition at the RA in 1997. She has since taken over the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, London’s Fourth Plinth, created the Holocaust Memorial in Vienna and placed a cast of a 1950s house at the United States Embassy in London, as well as holding major exhibitions and retrospectives across the world.

Chair: Louisa Buck is a writer, broadcaster and author of a number of books on contemporary art. She is a Contributing Editor and London Contemporary Art Correspondent for The Art Newspaper and a regular reviewer and commentator on BBC radio and TV.

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