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  • Skirt of the Black Mouth by Heather and Ivan Morison on view at Tate Modern
  • Adults leaving a comment about a film
    Community Film club – as part of Silver Southwark's Festival of Older People, the screening of the film A Bigger Picture about David Hockney
  • Local residents watching a film screening
    Community Film Club – a screening at the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre a partnership with Studio at the Elephant
  • Local residents watching a film screening
    Community Film Club – a partnership with Bankside Residents Forum
  • Local residents in a parade
    No Soul for Sale – Tate Modern celebrates 10 years – Coloco & Exzyt lead a wheelbarrow parade connecting local green spaces
  • Local residents lead a parade through Southwark
    No Soul for Sale – Tate Modern celebrates 10 years – Coloco & Exzyt lead a wheelbarrow parade connecting local green spaces
  • Group of local residents in the Tate Library
    Trailing Henry with artist collective, They are Here and a group of participants from Brixton Library
  • Fritz Haeg Edible Estates 2007, showig a bird's eye view of people in a community garden
    Fritz Haeg
    Edible Estates 2007

Tate Local

Tate Local aims to work with community groups and individuals living in Southwark and Lambeth to offer opportunities to be involved and offer inspiring ways to learn about the Tate Modern Project through a series of projects with contemporary artists.

Current projects

Social Cement

A project by artist Lucy Harrison, exploring some of the activities, ideas, food, drink and music that bring communities together in South London.

Through the autumn and winter, a collaborative programme of events, talks and workshops enlivens the new community space at Tate Modern, exchanging ideas and information about community activities in Lambeth and Southwark and exploring how people can engage with the space and the rest of the new building.

Tate Modern and You

Tate Modern and You is a publication that is regularly produced in partnership with a neighbourhood or section of the local community, in collaboration with an artist. It aims to make stronger links with different communities across Southwark and Lambeth.


MERGE – the annual arts, music and performance festival – is created by Better Bankside with Regeneration and Community Partnerships at Tate and leading Bankside-based arts events company, Illuminate Productions, making Bankside a place to work, live, visit, and do business.

Community led projects

Tate Modern has several ongoing projects made for and by the immediate local community. Residents of Southwark or Lambeth are free to participate in these projects, including a community film club showing films that display South London, a community garden for local residents who have little access to outdoor space, and twice a year we hold community private views, where local residents have access to the gallery after hours to see the current special exhibition for free.  

Past projects

Skirt of the Black Mouth

Exploring the potential of the south landscape of the Tate Modern project artists Heather and Ivan Morison have created Skirt of the Black Mouth. It begins with a rethinking of the traditional hoarding, using it as a sculptural element to redefine the space it frames, leaving glimpses of what lies behind.

Walkways, Summer 2012

A series of urban performances developed by FrenchMottershead with local Southwark residents.

Tate Local Writes, Summer 2012

Renowned poet Inua Ellams has spent met a variety of people working on the Tate Modern project. Inspired by these various conversations and time spent exploring the site he has written three poems about the characters behind this exciting project.

South London Black Music Archive, 2012

Following its successful commission by Peckham Space in 2012, this exhibition by artist Barby Asante celebrated South Londoners’ personal relationships with important moments in black music history.

Trailing Henry, 2011

Trailing Henry took local residents on a journey exploring the life and philanthropic legacy of Henry Tate. A group of Brixton Library visitors had the chance to visit his home, see paintings from Henry Tate’s original collection at Tate Britain and visit the Tate and Lyle Thames refinery in East London.  

The Elder Project, 2011

Tate Modern teamed up with Invisible Food and some participants from Kids Company to identify Elderflowers in the area and learn how to cook and eat it in different ways. Participants made Elderflower cordial and Strawberry and elderflower jam. 

No Soul for Sale, 2010

To celebrate Tate Modern’s 10th anniversary, Tate Modern hosted No Soul For Sale – A Festival of Independents 10–16 May 2010. Tate Modern invited over 70 of the world’s most innovative independent art spaces, not-for-profit organisations and artists’ collectives to take over the Turbine Hall. The festival filled the Turbine Hall with an eclectic mix of cutting-edge arts events, performances, music and film. As part of No Soul for Sale, artist collectives Coloco and Exyzt and Black Dogs worked with the local community for a weekend of workshops, parades, discussions and music.

Rosy in the Mix, 2010

After hosting Rosy the Ballerina in the Turbine Hall bridge – an inflatable, bubble-like pavillion made by Raumlabor Berlin, Tate Modern worked with UP projects and artists Juneau Projects to take it to Mix festival in Burgess Park. For more information click here.

Residents Day, 2009

Tate Modern opened up it’s doors at this one day festival for local residents to get their feedback on the new spaces and explore how Tate Modern is changing. Residents Day included site visits to the as yet un-opened Oil Tanks, Futurist portrait making, ‘Talkaoke’ workshops led by artists The People Speak and special performances by contemporary dance company The Cholmondeleys.

The Thank Goodness Club, 2009

Artist Andrea Mason worked with residents of the neighbouring Sumner Estate on Southwark Street for a series of events called The Thank Goodness Club. Events ranged from tree planting, to tea parties to bringing and taking sales. 

Edible Estates, 2007

As part of Tate Modern’s exhibition Global Cities, Los Angeles based artist and architect Fritz Haeg created Edible Estates – a gardening project that transformed a disused patch of land outside the Brookwood House estate in Southwark into a vegetable garden, with the help of Bankside Open Spaces Trust and volunteers from the local community.