Hannah Hill, Sharon Walters, Dreph, Koby Martin, Megan Visser, Julia Vogl (c) Tate (Sam Day)

Hannah Hill, Sharon Walters, Dreph, Koby Martin, Megan Visser, Julia Vogl (c) Tate (Sam Day)

26 MAY 2021 – MAY 2022
#BeyondBoundariesBankside

A partnership between Tate Collective and Better Bankside has brought five stunning new artworks made by five emerging artists, to public spaces around Bankside. The project, Beyond Boundaries, showcases the talents of young creatives at a particularly challenging time for the arts. Each artist was invited to produce a new commission that responds to lockdown, the easing of restrictions and the chance to see people again, with the resulting works aimed at reconnecting people with each other, their local area and art. The site-specific artworks celebrate the character and creativity of Bankside – a neighbourhood that has experienced constant reinvention. Launching today, the artworks will remain in place for at least 12 months in locations around Tate Modern and the Bankside neighbourhood; Southwark Street, Gambia Street, St. Felix Place, Canvey Street and Great Suffolk Street.

The five artists are all based in London and work across a range of mediums addressing issues affecting young people today. For Beyond Boundaries, Koby Martin’s work explores the history of performance, theatre and music of the area. His wall piece Spotlight Dreams depicts men who performed as women on stage, at a time when women were not allowed to act. He uses the Ghanaian symbol funtunfunefu denkyemfunefu (Siamese crocodile), which represents unity - an overarching theme of the work. Blk Moody Boi asks “what does it mean to be safe outside?” Their illustration shares a message of solidarity while reflecting on the experience of communities that must consider how they move in a space. Zeinab Saleh invites passersby to reflect on the role that music and creativity plays in our daily lives, especially during a period of lockdown. Her work connects songs which touch on moments of sadness, joy and happiness. Opposite a local café, Hannah Hill pays homage to the area and the people who live there through a series of motifs inspired by shared stories and research. A hand holding a scale represents her hope for a healthy work-life balance post pandemic. Megan Visser reflects on the ability of food to bring people together. She covers the ground with images of playful abstracted body parts, creating a psychical meeting point where people can stop and eat.

Each young artist, all at the start of their careers, was paired with an established artist mentor to guide them through the project, discuss their work and offer advice on the industry. Working on this project in a group of peers and with experienced mentors provided a valuable opportunity to network, develop important skills, and for all artists to support each other during a period where everyone is feeling more isolated than ever.
In addition to bringing colour and joy to the area, Beyond Boundaries aims to create sites of interaction for the Bankside community. Better Bankside and Tate Collective Producers evolved the project in dialogue with local residents and businesses, with each site-specific artwork informed by local stories. Later in the summer, a series of socially distanced activations will bring together local youth groups for a live experience with others and the commissioned artworks.

Koby Martin, artist, said: “Art in any form has the ability to heal, restore, uplift and drive the spirits of us humans in many ways. It is therapy. My aim is to express that in my work and what better way to do this than to share my work with communities of people emerging from a pandemic. I am glad that I have been given the opportunity to bring my art to a public space as part of Beyond Boundaries. For me, the motive of being an artist has always been to give back. Having the gift to create is not about oneself, but a greater purpose to bring joy to others.”

Julia Vogl, artist mentor, said: “I make public art because I believe it has the power to develop pride in local communities, to create a sense of safety and belonging, to bring people together physically and to add beauty to a place. Beyond Boundaries has offered me a chance to help empower young artists to take on these values. It has been so rewarding to connect with the artists, the other mentors and the Tate Collective team, while also championing the urgency and power of in-person connection through culture.”

Rachel Noel, Convenor, Young People’s Programmes at Tate, said: “As we re-emerge after a difficult year, we hope these new works by incredible young artists can help people reconnect with each other and their communities. We are pleased to celebrate and support artists on their journey with their first public art commission. Informed by local stories, we hope the works can bring moments of joy, togetherness, and discovery – as well as opportunities for all young people to see themselves reflected – to our communities.”

Nicole Gordon, Better Bankside CEO, said: “Better Bankside has long experimented with creatively animating urban spaces in our neighbourhood. Now, more than ever, our public spaces need to be welcoming and inclusive. Young people have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic so we are excited that this collaboration with Tate Collective was able to open up creative opportunities for young artists. As more and more people return to Bankside, we’re looking forward to seeing how people react to this series of outdoor installations which have been designed to encourage people to see spaces in new ways and inject a sense of optimism about the future.”
Tate Collective will also showcase all artists involved across their social media channels. Full details of the featured artworks can also be found on Tate’s website: tate.org.uk/beyondboundaries @TateCollective.
Beyond Boundaries is curated by Péjú Oshin, Curator: Young People’s Programme; with Rachel Noel, Convenor, Young People’s Programmes, Daniel Bermingham, Assistant Curator: Young People's Programmes, Liat Rosenthal, Senior Creative Producer, Tate, Tara White, Tate Collective Producer, Alana Benton, Tate Collective Marketing Manager and Jessye Bloomfield, Creative Producer, Tate.

For press information contact eleanor.costello@tate.org.uk.
High resolution press images can be downloaded from Tate's Dropbox.

FEATURED ARTISTS
Megan Visser
Blk Moody Boi
Koby Martin
Zeinab Saleh
Hannah Hill

ARTIST MENTORS
Julia Vogl
Dreph
Victor Ehikhamenor
Lesley Asare
Sharon Walters

ARTWORK LOCATIONS
Southwark Street
Gambia Street
St. Felix Place
Canvey Street
Great Suffolk Street

The artworks have been installed by Absolutely Studio, an experienced independent art studio specialising in murals, and Conway who provide infrastructure services in the built environment and public realm.

Better Bankside thanks Lee Fitzgerald Architects, Terry’s Café, Omnicom Group and Cardinia Real Estate, Blue Fin Building and Oxford Properties, London Venue Group, Mar I Terra, and the family of Marion Marples, for their permissions to use the selected locations.

ABOUT TATE COLLECTIVE
Tate Collective is the first free-to-join membership scheme for 16 to 25 year olds at a national UK museum and is open to people anywhere in the world to join online. Members are able to see any of Tate exhibitions for a fiver and also get discounts in Tate’s cafes and shops, as well as having access to exclusive opportunities and events.
Tate Collective is supported by Jean and Melanie Salata with additional support from Garfield Weston Foundation, The Rothschild Foundation, and Tate Patrons.

ABOUT TATE COLLECTIVE PRODUCERS
Tate Collective Producers are a diverse group of 16-25-year olds who research, plan and produce multi-disciplinary events specifically for other young people at Tate Britain, Tate Modern and online. They collaborate with artists, makers, thinkers, curators, creatives and producers to develop ideas and explore issues relevant to young people today through art, culture and creativity. Tate Collective Producers are core to the Young People's Programme, and are involved in decision making, programming, delivery and contributing to wider activities at Tate, including the Tate Collective scheme.

ABOUT BETTER BANKSIDE
Powered by the people of Bankside, Better Bankside leads innovative economic, environmental and social action in one of the world’s great neighbourhoods, responding inventively to urban challenges and celebrating the differences that define the area as London’s Other Side. By co-creating a programme with Banksiders, Better Bankside brings benefits to businesses and Banksiders, improving the experience of the neighbourhood for everyone.

Better Bankside was one of the first Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in the country, established in 2005. The Bankside BID covers the area from the riverside in the north to Borough Station and along Great Suffolk Street in the south. It extends to Blackfriars Road and Hatfields in the west, and stretches east beyond Borough High Street to Trinity Street. Visit betterbankside.co.uk for more information.

TATE QUOTES

Péjú Oshin, Curator: Young People’s Programme said: "Beyond Boundaries is about bringing people together; be it through the artist community who have developed the works or the public who will engage with them through chance encounters. The project has created a vital space for these young artists to critically engage with their own practice whilst reflecting on what it means to experience art that exists beyond the walls of our galleries. It has been a pleasure to support these talented young artists through this process and I look forward to seeing how their careers develop."

Rachel Noel, Convenor, Young People’s Programmes at Tate, said: “As we re-emerge after a difficult year, we hope these new works by incredible young artists can help people reconnect with each other and their communities. We are pleased to celebrate and support artists on their journey with their first public art commission. Informed by local stories, we hope the works can bring moments of joy, togetherness, and discovery – as well as opportunities for all young people to see themselves reflected – to our communities.”

Tara White, Tate Collective Producer, said: “I want to offer tangible resources for young people in order to better support and nurture their inclusion in the arts. Moving forwards from the pandemic and reinstating a consciousness of young people’s needs following months of uncertainty and worry; I want to create opportunities for young people to feel welcome, held and remind them of their right to occupy space within the arts. I think the potential for public artworks to mediate between the gallery and outdoors, can help to ease viewers back in to remembering the joy of creative spaces, which may not have been a priority over the past months.”

BETTER BANKSIDE

Nicole Gordon, Better Bankside CEO, said: “Better Bankside has long experimented with creatively animating urban spaces in our neighbourhood. Now, more than ever, our public spaces need to be welcoming and inclusive. Young people have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic so we are excited that this collaboration with Tate Collective was able to open up creative opportunities for young artists. As more and more people return to Bankside, we’re looking forward to seeing how people react to this series of outdoor installations which have been designed to encourage people to see spaces in new ways and inject a sense of optimism about the future.”

ARTIST QUOTES

Koby Martin, artist, said: “Art in any form has the ability to heal, restore, uplift and drive the spirits of us humans in many ways. It is therapy. My aim is to express that in my work and what better way to do this than to share my work with communities of people emerging from a pandemic. I am glad that I have been given the opportunity to bring my art to a public space as part of Beyond Boundaries. For me, the motive of being an artist has always been to give back. Having the gift to create is not about oneself, but a greater purpose to bring joy to others.”

Hannah Hill, artist, said: “After struggling with chronic pain and unable to work for three years, this piece represents so much to me. Encouraging people to see art all around them and embrace the human need to create something without fear or judgement. Art is music, food, textiles, doodles, theatre, history and so much more”

Blkmoodyboi, artist, said: “It is possible to create art in community, you can be an artist without a formal education. This piece is a love letter to trans people of colour who have to navigate a world that constantly makes them feel unsafe and invisible. I dream of a world where we can be more than safe, a world where trans people are liberated. There is much beauty in being trans”
Megan Visser, artist, said: “This has been an amazing opportunity to be part of. It’s been really exciting to create such a big scale physical artwork, I can’t wait for the public to see it and I hope it brings people some much need creative hope and joy. This is the first public art piece I have worked on, and it has got me wanting to make more public art.”

ARTIST MENTOR QUOTES
Julia Vogl, artist mentor, said: “I make public art because I believe it has the power to develop pride in local communities, to create a sense of safety and belonging, to bring people together physically and to add beauty to a place. Beyond Boundaries has offered me a chance to help empower young artists to take on these values. It has been so rewarding to connect with the artists, the other mentors and the Tate Collective team, while also championing the urgency and power of in-person connection through culture.”

Lesley Asare, artist mentor, said: “It was such a blessing to work as an Artist Mentor on a project that explores and celebrates the healing power of Art. From exploring the ways that art has supported us through the foriegn experiences of isolation, social distancing and all the varied emotions that the pandemic has brought forth over the past year and a half, to exploring how it can support us collectively as we rediscover what togetherness means to us now, I can think of no greater container for the journey of our collective healing than Art.

Through each of the intentional works that the Artists have created in response to the Beyond Boundaries brief, it is my hope that visitors see themselves reflected in the works, that they gain a new perspective on their experiences through the Pandemic and that they leave with a sense of hope for our future.”

Dreph, artist mentor, said: “"It has been such a pleasure to get to know and work with such a passionate, conscientious and supportive group of people. For me mentoring is not a one way street and it's been inspiring and I have learned so much. I hope that the public feels this when they see what has been produced."

Sharon Walters, artist mentor, said: “This was a great opportunity and honour to collaborate with my mentee Hannah, the associate emerging artists and the other mentors on the project. A small yet supportive community was built through this process. I hope that viewing art outside of the confines of traditional gallery spaces, will enable people to connect or reconnect with their own views on what art means for them in an engaging and positive way.”