Late at Tate Britain: GBAD

Here’s a full breakdown of the events for Late at Tate Britain this Friday night. As you can see, it’s going to be immense. See you there!

Late at Tate Britain
Great British Art Debate
Friday 1 July 2011

Debates: Art in Public

Join the lively debate around Britishness and art in four installations around the gallery recreating iconic British settings for discussion – a pub, barber shop, bus and living room. Curated by young people’s groups from Tate Britain, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and Museums Sheffield.

The Duchess of Cambridge: Genres and Transformations
18.30 – 19.30 and 20.00 – 21.00

Peggy Mitchell look-alike gets the conversation going with a pub quiz testing your knowledge of British art.

Cut and thrust with Faisal Abdu’Allah: Art for Whom?
18.30 – 19.30 and 20.00 – 21.00

Artist and barber Faisal Abdu’Allah’s work explores popular culture iconography to reposition values and ideologies. Debate art and celebrity culture in the hair salon with an immersive soundscape from Faisal Abdu’Allah’s own barbershop, and visual backdrop designed by young people.

Live Salon with Faisal Abdu'Allah, BP Saturdays: Going Public. Photo by Richard Eaton

Robin & Partridge’s Great Debate Bus
Millbank Entrance
18.30 – 19.30 and 20.00 – 21.00

Join comedy bus conductors Robin & Partridge on the upper deck of the red Route Master to decide if art is for you.

Back to Basics
Millbank Reading Area
18.30 – 19.30 and 20.00 – 21.00

Kick back, relax and play arty scrabble in the living room, and join an informal discussion around how you relate to art on a personal level. Questions on the TV set ask: how has art influenced your life?

Into Watercolour
Manton Lawn
18.30 – 21.30

Play with water and colour! Join artists Naomi Leake and Carey Robinson in an open-air workshop to learn traditional watercolour techniques and experiment with water-based media in new and innovative ways, alongside Watercolour artists Neal Tait and Nicola Durvasula.
Live demonstrations: 18.30-18.40, 19.15-19.25, 20.00-20.10 & 20.40-20.50

Artists’ Talks

Manton Studio
19.00-19.40 Neil Tate
20.00-20.40 Nicola Durvasula

Contemporary Watercolour artists Neal Tait and Nicola Durvasula share an insight into their practice, and how they use the medium to explore memory and imagination.
Limited tickets available from the Manton Information desk, first-come, first-served from 18.00


Paint on Film
18.30-18.50, 19.00-19.20, 19.30-19.50
20.00-20.20, 20.30-20.50 & 21.00-21.20

Watch rarely screened, experimental artist films that explore the film as a painted canvas by Walter Ungerer, Stan Brakhage, and George Barber selected from the LUX collection.

Introduction to Oobieland
Walter Ungerer 1969
9 mins

Part of a series, Walter Ungerer painted over already recorded footage and directly onto blank film to create an unsettling exploration of gateways in a mystical place with strange creatures.

Black Ice
Stan Brakhage 1994
2 mins

This step-printed, hand-painted film is a meditation on the artist’s careful steps taken outdoors during winter after hitting his head and losing sight slipping on black ice.

Stan Brakhage 1993
2 min

In this hand-painted film, paint is composed and re-photographed microscopically to suggest galactic forms in a space of stars.

Automotive Action Painting
George Barber 2006
6 min

Early one morning a man parks his van, takes out pots of paint and throws colour on the road; slowly the passing cars begin to create an abstract smear of vibrant colours.


Colours of Sound
Ben Osbourne and Your Mum
Historic Collection

Reflecting the evening’s contemporary watercolour theme, Noise of Art presents a DJ and visuals set that uses washes, percussive details and abstract melody to merge an array of genres, with evolving imagery from Your Mum to match Ben Osbourne’s music.

Watercolour animation

Films shown on a loop

Frànçois + The Atlas Mountains
Be Water
3 min

Hold on Twice
2 min

Frànçois Marry’s animations are painstakingly crafted vignettes made with ink, paper and an old video camera: buildings grow from the ground, lovers are attacked by books or lifted into the air on pollution clouds, all scored with a minimalist soundtrack by Frànçois + The Atlas Mountains.

Frànçois + The Atlas Mountains © Frànçois Marry 2011

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About Hannah Flynn

Hannah Flynn is E-Learning Assistant for Tate and Co-Ordinator for the Great British Art Debate online. Her favourite British artist is John Martin.