Tate Britain Workshop

Objects and Memory

Mike Nelson, ‘The Coral Reef’ 2000
Mike Nelson, The Coral Reef 2000. Tate. © Mike Nelson, courtesy Matt’s Gallery, London

Discuss the relationship between objects and memory in this practical workshop

Taking inspiration from Mike Nelson's Tate Britain Commission The Asset Strippers, learn more about the cultural significance of material change. The workshop will echo the themes of Nelson’s practice by using objects from the past to try and better understand the future. The session will be led by Caitlin Desilvey, Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Exeter, exploring the different ways materials produce memories.


Caitlin Desilvey is a geographer exploring the cultural significance of material change and transformation with a focus on heritage contexts. She works with artists, archaeologists, environmental scientists and heritage practitioners.

Tate Britain

Clore Studio

London SW1P 4RG
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Date & Time

28 September 2019 at 13.00–15.00

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