Forthcoming events

Le Marteau sans Maitre

Saturday 6 July 2019

On Saturday 6 July, one of the longest days of the year, Musarc will set an evening-bell ringing in the epic, post-industrial echoing chambers of the former Whitechapel Bell Foundry with a programme of nine new works and commissions by the choir. As darkness falls, the audience’s senses slowly attune to finer details and the changing atmosphere in the auditorium. The event ends by candlelight, just after subset, to the singing of William Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices.

Whitechapel Gallery’s Nocturnal Creatures

Saturday 20 July 2019

Whitechapel Gallery’s Nocturnal Creatures returns for its second year, with new installations, artist performances, music, film and culinary experiences taking over London’s East End for one night only. In the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, Emma Smith will create a performance and new composition referencing both the ancient practice of using bells to mark time and the call for last orders at a pub. In a durational piece ongoing throughout the evening from Laure Prouvost, an opera singer performs fragments of conversations overheard at the Golden Heart in a performance first presented at Frieze Art Fair in 2018.

Previous events

September 2018 consultation

In order to provide the wider community with an opportunity to view and comment on the developed proposals and help shape the evolving scheme, Raycliff held a public consultation event on the future of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry site over two days in September

This consultation reflected the revised proposals following the feedback provided at the first consultation event held in June 2018. It sought any final views, prior to the preparation and submission of a planning and listed building consent application to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. You can find responses to some of the common questions raised at the first consultation here.

A copy of the exhibition boards can be found here.

A copy of the feedback from can be found here.

A copy of the consultation invitation can be found here.

All feedback received was reviewed by the project team and, where possible, incorporated into the proposals.

June 2018 consultation

In order to provide the wider community with an opportunity to view and comment on the emerging proposals and help shape the evolving scheme, Raycliff held a public consultation event on the future of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry site over two days in June.

At the event, members of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry project team were on hand to discuss the proposals with attendees and answer any questions. Feedback forms were made available at the consultation for attendees to provide comments on the proposals.

A copy of the exhibition boards displayed at the June consultation can be found here.

If you would like to give your feedback on the proposals, please fill out a feedback form. Please email or post any completed forms to us by Monday 9th July 2018.

All feedback received was reviewed and, where possible, incorporated into the proposals.

Nocturnal Creatures

On 21 July 2018, Raycliff hosted the Whitechapel Gallery’s ‘Nocturnal Creatures’ event on the former bell foundry site. It was a free festival open to all, bringing together performance, video, sculpture and sound. Artist Rachel Pimm transformed the historic space and re-animated it to the industrial sounds of the machinery and bells to tell stories of agricultural, ecological, military and political history.

Nocturnal Creatures was hosted in several historic and cultural venues within walking distance of the Whitechapel Gallery. Raycliff was delighted to play a part in this and is optimistic that other similar events can be hosted in the future. Please see some images of the event below.

London Festival of Architecture

Thursday 13 June 2019

31/44 – architects of the redevelopment of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry – hosted an exhibition, site tour and short talk illuminating the site’s history and presenting drawings, images and large-scale models of their proposals for its future use.

Eight tours of the foundry were undertaken over four and a half hours, each hosting 8-10 participants. A number of other people dropped in to view the exhibition. In total, over 80 people attended.