This month, Tate Modern will mark the third anniversary of Uniqlo Tate Lates with a free evening of art, music and film. These boundary-breaking after-hours events have attracted over 350,000 visitors to since they began in 2016, becoming one of the UKs largest museum late programmes and providing a vital platform for London's creative talent.
On the evening of Friday 25 October, Tate Modern will celebrate Kara Walker's spectacular Hyundai Commission, Fons Americanus. Taking inspiration from this breath-taking 13-metre-high fountain in the atmospheric surrounds of the Turbine Hall, October's Uniqlo Tate Late will explore ideas of freedom, monuments and personal and collective memories. The evening will include an eclectic array of music, art, discussion, film and workshops: Gal-dem will host a series of conversations and pop-up readings in the Turbine Hall from texts inspired by Walker's works, which will be performed by young creatives including Abondance Matanda and Kai Isaiah Jamal. Broadcaster Zezi Ifore, poet Bridget Minamore and curator Priyesh Mistry will be part of a panel discussion reflecting on Walker's work and how artists can communicate unsettling histories. Visitors will have the opportunity to come together in a round table discussion on monuments, museums and (post)colonial memory organised by researcher Shelley Angelie Saggar. A Vibe Called Tech will run a series of workshops exploring the role of technology as both a tool of empowerment and oppression. Artists, writers and activists including Shiraz Baujoo, Tanya Compas, Inua Ellams Anya Rao-Middleton and Ryan Lanji will discuss the theme of memory in 15 minute art chats.
In a full gallery takeover, events will spill out into the Terrace bookshop where spoken word artist and writer Isaiah Hull will be reading from his debut poetry collection Nosebleeds. NTS Radio have programmed a special soundtrack for the evening with DJs in the Terrace Bar and The Tanks, featuring LA Timpa, Oli XL, Sandra JP, Cherrie Flava and Champagne Funk. Visitors can also enjoy pop-up food stalls and bars serving Ume Lager, a new bespoke brew created in collaboration with Tate Modern, UNIQLO and Harbour Brewery and available exclusively at the gallery.
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