This autumn Tate Britain presented the BP Family Festival 2015: Bring your tribe. The two day event was aimed at 8-14 year olds and was packed with music, interactive performances and participatory workshops celebrating connectivity, creativity and kinship.
The event was free to all and visitors had opportunities to take part in artist led activities, enjoy interactive pop-up bands and more. They were invited to join in with the ‘mash-up’ choir led by the charismatic Ida Barr, a retired music hall singer who loves to mix classical music and hip-hop, or they could play team games as an artwork in the Tate collection, encountering other Tate artwork teams with Adam James.
Bring Your Tribe also presented the spectacular sonic, visual interactive Sugar Ship. Specially presented by Dubmorphology and Gaylene Gould, the Sugar Ship was moored in the Duveen Galleries. Shipmates asked visitors to board the ship and help search for misplaced tribes with the Data Thieves in a sonic visual landscape.
Other highlights included:
- Heart n Soul of Deptford, who presented Digital Pop-up Band Electric Fire, creative sessions by artist Ben Connors, and a performance by singer Lizzie Emeh;
- Artist Laura X Carlé invited visitors to contribute to an art work that she created during the two day event. If visitors wished to take part they could bring along something that represented their tribe – a drawing, story, photo or object – anything that described a bit about who they and their tribe are;
- Tate’s Digital Learning team collaborated with MzTEK for their latest Digital Makers workshop Drawing Robots. Participants worked closely with the MzKET team in the Taylor Digital Studio, where they learnt about robotics and hardware by building and programming Drawing Robots.