Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon Charity Auction London Wednesday, March 16, 2022 | Phillips
  • A rare opportunity to dine with Lydia Yee and Sir Michael Craig-Martin, a leading figure in British Conceptual Art.


    The winning bidder and three guests will get the chance to enjoy an out-of-hours tour of Whitechapel Gallery led by Lydia Yee, followed by a three-course dinner and drinks with Sir Michael Craig-Martin in a private dining room at Townsend, Whitechapel Gallery’s critically-acclaimed restaurant.


    A principal figure of British conceptual art, Craig-Martin probes the relationship between objects and images, harnessing the human capacity to imagine absent forms through symbols and pictures. Craig-Martin taught at Goldsmiths College School of Art, London, from 1974 to 1988 and from 1994 to 2000. During this time he became a powerful influence on a generation of his students who would become known as the Young British Artists. He has had solo exhibitions all around the world and in 2016 he was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to art.


    FIG_1.JPG FIG_2.JPG CAPTION FIG_1.JPG: Michael Craig-Martin, Photo: Caroline True. Courtesy Gagosian. CAPTION FIG_2.JPG: Lydia Yee, Photo: Christa Holka
    Left: Michael Craig-Martin, Photo: Caroline True. Courtesy Gagosian.
    Right: Lydia Yee, Photo: Christa Holka

    Townsend restaurant first opened its doors at Whitechapel Gallery in February 2020. Founder Nick Gilkinson has created a modern British dining room with an evolving menu of creatively constructed seasonal dishes, as well as freshly baked bread and pastries, and wines by the glass. The restaurant is named for Charles Harrison Townsend, the architect of the grade II listed gallery.


    In June 2020, Nick launched Town-Send - a UK-wide gourmet at home delivery service. Town-Send offers a selection of seasonal set menus alongside a selection of house made ingredients, condiments and a bottle shop featuring wines and pre-batched cocktails.


    In January 2021, the restaurant was awarded a Michelin plate, recognising the quality of their cooking when the restaurant managed to open during 2020.


    Terms and conditions: The winning bidder is entitled to bring three guests to dinner, which includes a cocktail of your choice, a three course meal and wine for the table. The dinner is redeemable between March 2022 and January 2023, to be arranged at a mutually convenient time via Whitechapel Gallery.     

    • Description

      Condition reports, Lot descriptions and information in respect of Lots included in this Online-Only Auction have been prepared exclusively by Whitechapel Gallery following Whitechapel Gallery’s assessment of the Lots. Phillips and its staff are not responsible in any way for such statements, representations or opinions or for any other information provided in respect of the Lots, whether by Whitechapel Gallery, on Phillips website or in any other form.

    • Provenance

      Donated by Sir Michael Craig-Martin CBE RA and Townsend, London


Dinner with Sir Michael Craig-Martin CBE RA and Whitechapel Gallery Chief Curator Lydia Yee at Townsend Restaurant

Full Cataloguing

£3,000 - 5,000 


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