What was the Source?
Tate Etc. magazine recently asked for a member of Tate Collective London to write an article, in the wake of the Source display, about their experience of the gallery leading up to this point. I also thought it would be good to talk about Source itself. While planning, our ideas often shifted, we went back to the drawing board a couple times, and a few consultations with Curatorial helped us to fine-tune. From the meetings where we chose the artworks, to seeing some of them in person for the first time, deciding upon; the layout, interactive sound and visual elements courtesy of Tate Collective members and staff, rolling publications, and how the show would stay fresh through its six month duration. We didn’t just work with parts of the gallery we hadn’t directly collaborated with before, but also gained entirely new insight on arguably the most important practice taking place within the walls of Tate; curating an exhibition. It was so exciting and nerve-racking at the same time.
I think Source was a huge success, and it has given Tate Collective great visibility. Where has it all led? Tate Collective have now attended a Members Council meeting, I have an article in the September edition of Tate Etc. Magazine, and we continue to receive requests for Tate Collective’s input in projects and events occurring throughout Tate. We have never been in a better position to empower young people in art.
by Raphael Oyelade
Read Raphael’s Tate Etc. article here.