Friday night’s Late at Tate saw electonic beats meet brass as Warp Records and artist Jeremy Deller curated live performance to get your rave on to at the new Tate Britain. To add to these celebrations, our friend and BBC Radio 6 Music DJ, Tom Ravenscroft, has put together a playlist of tracks inspired by artworks on display

A few months back Tate Britain kindly asked me to make a playlist influenced by the work of Kurt Schwitters, to accompany, sit beside or, in fact, hide well behind their rather spectacular exhibition of his work. I know, what a nice thing to be asked to do. 

So, what with 6 Music marking the re-opening of Tate Britain, we thought we’d soundtrack a few of our favourite pieces from their collection. There is a vague reason behind the music choices, some perhaps more obvious than others, but generally it’s just me getting a vibe, I hope you like them anyway.


1. Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Chelsea, 1871 by James Abbott McNeill Whistler - inspired track ‘Street Halo’ by Burial

James Abbott McNeill Whistler, 'Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Chelsea' 1871

James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Chelsea 1871
Oil on wood
support: 502 x 608 mm frame: 685 x 825 x 45 mm
Bequeathed by Miss Rachel and Miss Jean Alexander 1972

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2. La Hollandaise, c.1906 by Walter Richard Sickert  - inspired track ‘The Pisgee Nest’ by Daughn Gibson 

Walter Richard Sickert, 'La Hollandaise' c.1906

Walter Richard Sickert
La Hollandaise c.1906
Oil paint on canvas
support: 511 x 406 mm frame: 722 x 630 x 104 mm
Purchased 1983© Tate

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3. Lycidas, 1902-08 by James Havard Thomas - inspired track ‘God’s Chorus of Crickets’ by Jim Wilson 

James Havard Thomas, 'Lycidas' 1902-8

James Havard Thomas
Lycidas 1902-8
object: 1613 x 832 x 521 mm
Presented by Sir Michael and Lady Sadler through the Art Fund 1911

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4. Merry-Go-Round, 1916 by Mark Gertler - inspired track ‘Green Light’ by E.M.M.

Mark Gertler, 'Merry-Go-Round' 1916

Mark Gertler
Merry-Go-Round 1916
Oil on canvas
frame: 2100 x 1620 x 75 mm support: 1892 x 1422 mm
Purchased 1984

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5. The Snack Bar, 1930 by Edward Burra - inspired track  ‘Caramel’ by Connan Mockasin

Edward Burra, 'The Snack Bar' 1930

Edward Burra
The Snack Bar 1930
Oil on canvas
support: 762 x 559 mm frame: 907 x 705 x 54 mm
Purchased 1980© The estate of Edward Burra, courtesy Lefevre Fine Art, London

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6. The Cholmondeley Ladies c.1600-10 by British School 17th Century, ‘The Good Old Way’ by Crumbling Ghost 

British School 17th century, 'The Cholmondeley Ladies' circa 1600-10

British School 17th century
The Cholmondeley Ladies circa 1600-10
Oil on wood
support: 886 x 1723 mm frame: 1074 x 1914 x 100 mm
Presented anonymously 1955

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Have you been to the new Tate Britain yet? Let us know what you think!