Late return to Tate Britain

Late at Tate Britain 2019, courtesy of Dan Weill Photography

On Friday, July 1, a program of live performances, workshops and lectures organized in response to Hew Locke’s colorful and thought-provoking installation the procession will mark the return of Late to Tate Britain. Four evenings a year, the gallery will host a series of activities inspired by the Tate Britain program and collection, giving Londoners the opportunity to come together and celebrate local creative talent. Organized by Tate Collective producers aged 15 to 25 exclusively for young people, these seasonal events will provide a gathering space for experimentation and idea generation and give visitors the rare opportunity to discover free exhibitions and paying exhibitions after opening hours.

The first in this new series of late-night events will take Guyanese-British artist Hew Locke’s current Tate Britain commission as a jumping off point to explore intertwined cultures and black identities through an eclectic lineup of films , conversations, food and music. Locke will make a special appearance, joining artists Femi Dawkins and Ebun Sodipo for an intergenerational panel discussion that will examine how their artistic practices have been shaped by their experience of the global African and Black diaspora. Pop-up performances by artist Jasmine Chiu, whose work explores stories of diasporic identity, will take place throughout the gallery, culminating in a physical procession that will pass Locke’s installation to close the evening’s events. .

An immersive soundscape by Shamica Ruddock will welcome visitors inside the gallery entrance and kick off the celebration of black sound culture and music production. Expect to hear a vibrant array of genres, including dancehall, hip-hop and RnB to DJ sets from Izzy Bossy and DJ Jamo. Short films by emerging young artists Darryl Daley, Jebi Labemika and Izzy Gzowski exploring the breadth of the black experience will be screened, while participatory activities including a 3D scanning workshop led by Brazilian artist Enorê and a textile workshop with designer Maria Cecilia Westphalen will invite the public to be creative.

Tate Collective Producer and Senior Curator of Late at Tate Britain: Hew Locke: The Procession Steve Batai said:

“We are delighted to share this event with the public. Our program is rooted in the research we have undertaken and every element has been carefully selected to ensure our visitors have the best possible experience at night. From live music and performances to films and workshops, we hope everyone has a memorable evening with friends and family.”

Late to Tate Britain the events are part of Tate’s broader, peer-led program dedicated to providing a platform for emerging creatives as well as established DJs and world-renowned artists. Late Events continue to take place at the Tate Modern, bringing together the local community on the last Friday of each month to explore and celebrate different themes and events. Late to Tate Britain is an ongoing research project developed and produced by Tate Collective Producers and provides a free and accessible arts hub for people to come together, socialize and exchange ideas.

Late at Tate Britain: July 1, 2022, then September 2, 2022, December 2, 2022, March 3, 2023
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Admission fee


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Mark Westall is the founder and editor of FAD magazine, founder and co-editor of Art of Conversation and founder of the @worldoffad platform

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