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Late at Tate Britain explores creativity in the age of uncertainty

Richard McVetis
Richard McVetis

The Tate Collective Producers will present the second Late at Tate Britain Online, exploring what it means to make art in an age of uncertainty. Tate Collective Producers are 18-25 year olds who organise free events and workshops for young people. In this month’s online stream they explore how artists and creatives are responding, adapting to and overcoming the challenges they face during these ever-changing times. Highlights include an exclusive preview of a documentary about young artists creating during lockdown, an embroidery workshop with Richard McVetis, a DJ set presented by Reprezent Radio and Lockdown Life Drawing. Two streams will go live on the Tate website from 7-9pm BST on 27 August and will be available to watch back until 9 September.

The first stream will introduce the Tate Collective Producers as they share some of their work created during lockdown. Sophie Barrett-Pouleau will show a recently made film and Jasmine Pierre will perform poetry.

Explore what other young creatives in the UK have made over the past few months in an exclusive preview of a feature length documentary about Creative Confinement. In April 2020, Ghassan Abdulrazek started Creative Confinement, a digital space for students at UCL to share their projects online. In a new documentary Abdulrazek interviews other students to learn about the challenges of artistic expression in the midst of a pandemic.

ERIC Festival will explore predictions of how artists can make money in a post-Covid world and give advice on ways to diversify portfolios and think outside the box.

Late at Tate Associate Creative Researcher, Soofiya will host the second ’Soof Introduces’ with conceptual photographer, visual artist and educator Ketan Mandalia. They will discuss self-care and creativity and ways in which we can care for ourselves during tough times.

Artist Richard McVetis leads an embroidery workshop where he will introduce his practice of mark-making and show some basic stitches. In his work, McVetis focuses on themes of technology, time and labour and sees strength and versatility in embroidery. He recently collaborated with Toast on a project looking at refreshing old garments. Youth-led station Reprezent Radio will also present a DJ set.

A second stream invites viewers to join a Lockdown Life Drawing session. London based artist Jack Fisk will guide a class on slow looking, assisted by model Sugar and filmed and edited by Jake Bishop. Participants will experience a different way to feel connected to other humans virtually through a meditative, hour-long workshop.


Late at Tate Britain is a gathering space for experimentation and idea generation inspired by displays and exhibitions. It is an ongoing research project currently developed and delivered by Tate Collective Producers.

Tate Collective is the first free-to-join membership scheme for 16 to 25 year olds at a national UK museum and is open to people anywhere in the world to join online. Members are able to see any of Tate’s exhibitions for a fiver and also get discounts in Tate’s cafes and shops. They can also bring up to three friends to shows, each for £5.

Tate Collective Producers are a group of 18-25 year olds based in London, Liverpool and St Ives. They collaborate to develop their ideas and knowledge about art, culture and creativity. The teams often work with emerging artists, designers, musicians and curators.

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