As mentioned in our last blog post, Tate Collective is a group of young people aged 15 to 25 who meet fortnightly at Tate, enabling young people like myself to get involved in the art world.

The events and workshops we host are not what you might expect in an art gallery and include working with musicians, artists, film makers and performers. Hyperlink is an event we have been organising for months now and this is the last three weeks before it takes place 26–28 April in The Tanks at Tate Modern.

‘Six degrees of separation’ is the theme of the event, based on the theory that everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world. Members of Tate Collective chose six different artists for the festival contributors to respond to, whether they are artists running workshops or performers like Sway or George the Poet performing on the day. We are excited to see what they come up with!

I’ve written a little about each of the artists to get you on board. Who are your favourites?

Ellen Gallagher, 'DeLuxe' 2004-5
Ellen Gallagher
DeLuxe 2004-5
Installation of 60 prints, each of which comprises one or a combination of up to seven of the following materials and techniques on off-white paper: aquatint, etching, four-colour lithography, photogravure, screenprint, spitbite, drypoint, direct gravure, digital file, chine collé, embossing, laser-cutting, tattoo-machine engraving, stencil, burnishing, abrasion, watercolour, gouache, graphite, collage, oil, varnish, blue varnish, enamel, polymer medium, glitter, gold leaf, coconut oil, aluminium powder, crystals, plasticine, pomade, toy eyeballs, plastic ice cube, cut paper, silver foil paper, velvet and Japanese papers
frame (each): 389 x 325 x 46 mm
overall display dimensions: 2149 x 4527 mm
Purchased 2006© Ellen Gallagher

Ellen Gallagher produced the first image named DeLuxe which is a piece of art created using sixty individually framed small art works all including different messages with only similarities in colour and size. The images are from advertisements in magazines dating from the 1930s to the 1970s aimed at African American consumers.

John Singleton Copley, 'The Death of Major Peirson, 6 January 1781' 1783
John Singleton Copley
The Death of Major Peirson, 6 January 1781 1783
Oil on canvas

The second piece of work is called The Death of Major Peirson, 6th of January by John Singleton Copley. This piece contrasts the work of Gallagher as it represents death, misery and many people grasping for life holding their last breath, and conveying Britishness is clear in this painting.

Roy Lichtenstein, 'Interior with Waterlilies' 1991
Roy Lichtenstein
Interior with Waterlilies 1991
Oil and acrylic on canvas
support: 3209 x 4553 x 65 mm
Presented by the Douglas S. Cramer Foundation in honour of Dorothy and Roy Lichtenstein 1997© Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/DACS 2002

Interior with Waterlilies by Roy Litchenstein is the third work and shares similarities to the first in the experimentation with patterns as in Pop Art. Using basic household objects Litchenstein has produced a piece of work beautifying a typical bedroom setup.

Jenny Holzer, '[no title]' 1979-82
Jenny Holzer
[no title] 1979-82
Lithograph on paper
image: 431 x 431 mm
Purchased 1983© Jenny Holzer

Inflammatory Essays by Jenny Holzer is the fifth work of the six pieces of art which make-up the basis of Hyperlink. In this work there are various coloured backgrounds all displaying a piece of text which is exactly one hundred words and twenty lines long. The intention of having no pattern is apparent in this piece as although some colours are repeated more frequently than others maybe representing preference in the world we live in today. The piece combines art with literature.

Sir Anthony Caro, 'Early One Morning' 1962
Sir Anthony Caro
Early One Morning 1962
Painted steel and aluminium
object: 2896 x 6198 x 3353 mm
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1965© Anthony Caro/Barford Sculptures Ltd

The final piece of work Early One Morning is all about freedom of rhythms and configurations portrayed by Anthony Caro’s arrangement of planes and line across a horizontal axis. The individual parts of the work are clearly connected through the vibrant red colour and Caro believed that the pieces cohere like the relationship between notes in a piece of music.

Which artists or famous people might you know through six degrees of separation? We’d love to hear your stories!

Next week Tate Collective will be talking about the exciting free workshops* we are running for schools and community groups on Friday 26 April as part of the Hyperlink festival. Don’t forget to tune in!

Kori, Tate Collective

* If you’d like more details on the workshops available and how to book a group, please email