There are a multitude of reasons why our September Young@Tate was amazing — here are just eight.
- The people spoke
Artists ‘The People Speak’ are on a mission to make it easy for people to talk to each other in fun and creative ways, one being ‘Talkaoke’. We’ve come out of it with a lot of festival ideas, from in-gallery sleep-overs to traveling artists.
- We went mobile
Talking of traveling artists: we spilled out of the gallery with ‘Snapshot Shirley the portable photobooth’, inviting people out and about in town into Tate St Ives and sending them off with their own strip of photos.
- There was music
The talented folks of The Tower Music Project, fresh from September Festival acclaim, serenaded us amongst Bryan Wynter’s abstract works (based on his kayaking journeys down all of Cornwall’s rivers). It was great.
- New faces met familiar faces
From Falmouth to Penzance, Truro to St Ives, you guys made some impressive journeys to join in, and you made the day.
- We drifted again
Dedicated drifters Tate Collective roped in participants for their performance, developed in collaboration with artist Sara Wookey, exploring the way people move through gallery spaces.
- We played with scale
Working with artist Naomi Frears, we contributed miniature artworks to our own model gallery, then scaled them up by filming and projecting them onto a screen. It’s oddly satisfying seeing a miniature world made life-sized by the power of technology.
- There was storyboarding
Guest cartoonist and Circuit Summer Project participant Elliot got us storyboarding across the walls of our Courtyard, inviting us all to develop the tale.
- We started getting excited about our festival
Next year, Tate St Ives will host a festival created by young people. We started to get excited about what the festival could be, throwing ideas around in ‘Talkaoke’ (remember reason number 1?) and beyond, and meeting festival expert and producer Alex Rinsler, who helped us think about planning how we are going to plan. Putting on this festival is an incredible opportunity you’re not going to want to miss.