This is a message from Marcus and the team at Tate, keeping in touch with you as Tate continues to be open and running with a range of safety measures now in place which are working well to keep our visitors feeling confident and secure.
I know that many of you are still shielding, or at least avoiding Central London, so this monthly email is to continue to assure you that we are still here, we miss you, and that we look forward to the time when we can welcome you back into our galleries again!
This month’s Content:
- What’s going on at Tate?
- Audio Description of the Month
- A suggestion for something to do in London
- Podcast: The Art of Protest
What’s going on at Tate?
At Tate Britain we have just reached the end of the Aubrey Beardsley exhibition. We were having about 1,400 people visiting the gallery as a whole per day but now that the exhibition is over we anticipate seeing just about a third of that number coming in. Tate Britain’s next major exhibition, Turner’s Modern World, opens on 28th October so we are expecting a fairly quiet month of October.
Tate Modern continues to be our busiest site, particularly as the ever popular Andy Warhol exhibition continues to draw the crowds this month with approximately 2,500 visitors per day to that building.
Audio Description of the Month
Here is our Audio Description of the month, of a wonderful Barbara Hepworth sculpture Two Forms Divided Circle which is located in the Barbara Hepworth Gardens at St Ives. Please click here:
A suggestion for something to do in London
Heather Phillipson, The End
Trafalgar Square, Central London
THE END is the first commission on the Fourth Plinth to include a braille panel on its plaque
Here is a brief description to help you visualise this artwork: The tall granite plinth is topped by the top of an enormous white eight-metre high Mister Whippy style ice cream swirl, the bottom of which slightly overhangs the plinth. On top of this swirl is a two-metre tall bright red cherry with a long green stalk.
Crawling up the ice cream is a giant black fly. Perched on the cherry there is a black drone with its four copter blades spinning, transmitting a live CCTV image of that part of Trafalgar Square.
You will not be able to get up high enough to touch the sculpture itself, but you will find the Braille panel on the south side of the plinth. This sculpture is up for another year at least, so please don’t take any risks travelling to see it, do wait until conditions are safe for travel in Central London to resume.
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The Art of Protest
Trafalgar Square has always been a place of protest, it still is, and here is a 30 minute podcast to listen to in which artists including Jeremy Deller describe how their creative practices are driven by acts of protest. Please click here:
We wish you a great month ahead, and will send our next Magazine to you on the third Monday in October. Until then, please feel very welcome to email me with your thoughts, questions and suggestions
With our very best wishes
Marcus and the Public Programmes Team