Ahead of this Saturday’s Loud Tate event – a free day of art, music and fashion – members of Tate Collective introduce the theme of ‘Pendulum’, and how art can swing from the old to the new (and back again) 

Group shot of Hackney Colliery Band with instruments

Hackney Colliery Band, 2013

© Hackney Colliery Band

Greetings! We’re Alex and Anjuli, members of Tate Collective, a group of 15-25 year olds who plan and run events aimed at other 15–25 year-olds. Our aim is to show you that Tate has a lot more to offer than what you might expect!

After, let’s face it, a damn good summer, it looks like days are getting shorter, the heating is going on and onesies…oh wait they’re never coming back. You know what this means right? We’ve finally reached that time of year to be indoors and get making. It’s time to get creative! With that, I shall introduce the theme for our upcoming event, Loud Tate: Pendulum.

?British School, ?16th Century, William, First Lord de la Warr (?) circa 1550, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye's 10pm Saturday 2012 © Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

?British School, ?16th Century, William, First Lord de la Warr (?) circa 1550, Tate, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s 10pm Saturday 2012
© Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

The new chronological re-hang at Tate Britain is what inspired Loud Tate this year. Whilst we were walking around the gallery looking for inspiration (after hours, at some points in the dark, making everything that little bit more eerie) several of us noticed that one of the very first paintings and one of the very last paintings in the collection timeline featured a figure in a very similar, confident, upright pose. It’s amazing how these two artworks (above), with over 460 years between them could be so similar.

So, all of the events which we’re hosting at Loud Tate this year, will feature the idea of the old inspiring the new, celebrating both the contrasts and similarities between past and present.

Sir John Everett Millais, Bt, 'Ophelia' 1851-2

Sir John Everett Millais, Bt
Ophelia 1851-2
Oil on canvas
support: 762 x 1118 mm frame: 1105 x 1458 x 145 mm
Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894

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To start with, we invited the artist Lauren Baker to run a blingtastic workshop, where Sir John Everett Millais’s painting Ophelia comes to life. Ophelia’s final moments will be immortalised in a 3D reconstruction, complete with her life-sized skeleton and surrounded by flowers, foliage and flora (though I’m pretty sure those are all the same thing!). Amongst the flowers will be a number of ancient charms – and you, lucky visitor, can swing them into the 2000s by blinging them up with gold, gems and more to create a lucky talisman to take home.

We’re also doing a Fash-tography (see what we did there) workshop, where you can work with fashion blogger Leanne Woodfull to be styled and professional photographed in response to some of the awesome fashion within the Tate collection. Ruffled collars, cravats, broaches, pearls, yup that’s right! Codasign will also be showing us something tech-tastic… Ever thought you could control a computer using a banana? We say no more…

Female peformer Amplify Dot

Amplify Dot

© Amplify Dot

Makey makey workshop

Makey makey workshop, 2013

© Codasign

In between making ‘n’ styling, we also hope you’ll get moving with our musical line up. A lady we consider the most exciting female rapper for years, Amplify Dot, will be taking some time out from working with the likes of Busta Rhymes and Kano to perform and chat to us. The Hackney Colliery Band – the coolest (and loudest) brass band ever! – will be invading your eardrums (and marching through our gallery), while Clean Bandit will be bringing their unique mix of classical strings and pounding house music. There will also be some fresh DJ sets from Reprezent DJs and freestyling dancing with Stylistix.

Phew. Hope you can fit it all in! Then you can get home, secretly readorn the onesie, whack out the PVA glue and carry on with the season of making…

BP Saturdays: Loud Tate is at Tate Britain on Saturday 21 September from midday