On Friday 1st July, a programme of live performances, workshops and talks curated in response to Hew Locke’s colourful and thought-provoking installation The Procession will mark the return of Late at Tate Britain. Four evenings a year, the gallery will host a series of activities inspired by Tate Britain’s programme and collection, offering Londoners the opportunity to come together and celebrate local creative talent. Curated by 15–25-year-old Tate Collective Producers exclusively for young people, these seasonal events will provide a gathering space for experimentation and idea generation and give visitors the rare opportunity to experience free displays and ticketed exhibitions after 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 starting point to explore intertwining cultures and black identities through an eclectic line-up of film, conversation, food and music. Locke will make a special appearance, joining artists Femi Dawkins and Ebun Sodipo for an intergenerational panel discussion which will consider 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 which will weave past Locke’s installation to close the evening’s events.
An immersive soundscape by Shamica Ruddock will greet visitors inside the gallery entrance and kick off the celebration of Black sound culture and music production. Expect to hear an array of dynamic genres, including dancehall, hip-hop and RnB at DJ sets from Izzy Bossy and DJ Jamo. Short films by young and emerging artists Darryl Daley, Jebi Labemika and Izzy Gzowski exploring the breadth of the Black experience will be screened, whilst participatory activities including a 3D scanning workshop led by Brazilian artist Enorê and a textiles workshop with designer Maria Cecilia Westphalen will invite audiences to get creative.
Tate Collective Producer and lead curator of Late at Tate Britain: Hew Locke: The Procession Steve Batai said:
“We’re so excited to share this event with the public. Our programme is rooted in research we’ve undertaken and every element has been carefully picked to ensure our visitors have the best possible experience on the night. From live music and performance to films and workshops, we hope that everyone will have a memorable evening with friends and family”.
Late at Tate Britain events are part of Tate’s wider peer-led programme dedicated to providing a platform for emerging creatives as well as established DJs and world-famous artists. Late events continue to take place at Tate Modern, bringing the local community together on the last Friday of every month to explore and celebrate different themes and events. Late at Tate Britain is an ongoing research project developed and delivered by Tate Collective Producers and offers a free and accessible artistic hub for people to come together, socialise and exchange ideas.
Late at Tate Britain: 1st July 2022, then 2nd September 2022, 2nd December 2022, 3rd March 2023
18:00 – 21:00; Admission free