April’s Late at Tate Britain is themed around Tracey Emin’s artwork My Bed. When this artwork was first exhibited in 1999 it caused a public outcry. How could an unmade bed be art? There’s a soiled bedsheet with various bits and pieces scattered around including condoms, dirty knickers, empty vodka bottles and cigarette packets. Controversial like many of Emin’s works, My Bed explores difficult themes like sexuality, relationships and gender. And we will too, through this exciting new programme.
Here’s a few things to expect…
Bedroom Creatives: Live Music
We've plucked a handful of musicians from the obscurity of their bedrooms to perform at Tate Britain throughout the evening. These young creatives will be exploring the practice of bedroom music making and bringing it into the gallery to recreate their own DIY process. Expect experimental and intimate vibes from a young Vauxhall based producer Pokovsky with 404 a London-based, collective mixing drowsy vocals and lo-fi instrumentals.
Travis Alabanza and Liv Wynter: Spoken Word Performance
Tracey Emin's artworks are often provocative, raw and emotional, drawing on experiences from her personal life, from her sexual history, abuse and abortion to gender and relationships. Performance artists Travis Alabanza and Liv Wynter have collaborated on a poetic response to Emin's My Bed exploring some of these themes.
Travis Alabanza is a Black, queer, non binary performance artist who uses live poetry, visuals and sound to create art centred around race, gender and class. Liv Wynter is a queer female artist who uses an anarchic and punk exploration of language, rap and poetry performance to bring attention to issues such as trauma, recovery, abuse, sexual violence and identity to challenge the idea of intimacy and without compromise.
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Part performance part guided conversation, Bedfellows have co-opted the bed as an arena for real-time exchange.
Sit down with Bedfellows for a discussion and share resources about sex, desire, consent and relationships. Bedfellows is a sex education research project led by artists Chloe Cooper, Phoebe Davies and Jenny Moore and born from the personal, the political, and the professional investigating sex, sexual identity and feminist porn.
Laid Bare: A Zine Making Workshop
This drop-in workshop with artist Rudy Loewe invites you to create a zine exploring your own truths around gender and sexuality.
Rudy Loewe’s practice includes drawings, comics, illustrations and prints. Loewe uses satire and comedy to explore a wide range of social issues including racism, sexuality, gender, disability and mental health.
Drink and eat
Grab a burger and a beer, glass of wine or an original cocktail made especially for the evening inspired by Tracey Emin’s My Bed.
See the work
Tracey Emin’s My Bed is on display in the BP Spotlight: Tracey Emin and Francis Bacon room.