Tate Britain Late

Late at Tate Britain: Social Justice

Creating a space for creative protest and debate

Protest and demonstrations often play a key role in affecting political change.

Our 1819: The Year’s Art display focuses on work from the year of the Peterloo Massacre. The massacre took place in St Peter’s Field, Manchester. A meeting calling for political reform was brutally broken up by soldiers. Fifteen people died.

In response to this display, Tate Collective Producers and Plymouth College of Art are joining together to make Tate Britain a space for sharing debates that are important to you.

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1. ​It Does Matter

Clore Gallery, 18.00–21.00

Social justice is based on the idea of human rights and equality. It’s the way in which human rights are experienced in the everyday lives of people at every level of society. But what does social justice mean to you? Get involved and express your thoughts in our giant mind map.

2. Make a banner

Clore Studio, 18.00–21.00

Join artist and illustrator Soofiya for a DIY banner making workshop. Soofiya's art practice and writings tackle current issues of gender, race, politics and bodies with a thoughtful and therapeutically informed approach.


3. Plymouth College of Art Procession

Throughout the gallery, 19.00–21.00

The personal is political. Students form the Plymouth College of Art have been exploring what social justice means for them. Working with artist Soofiya the have been busy making placards and banners. Look out for them as they lead a procession around the gallery.

4. Daisies

Clore Garden, 18.00–21.30

Join us on the Clore Lawn for a post apocalyptic-pre Brexit-post summer city garden party! Hosted by Daisies (France-Lise McGurn and Katie Shannon) to coincide with France-Lise McGurn’s display, Sleepless. Check out the full Glaswegian line up including a live performance from the industrial soul duo Ladies As Pimps playing and DJ sets from Ribeka and Katie Shannon


5. Gaika Tavares in Conversation

Clore Gallery, 19.30–20.30

Join artist and musician Gaika Tavares, better known simply as GAIKA, for an informal discussion as he shares his experiences of being a young creative based in London. Chaired by Sinead McGeechan, Tate Collective Producer.

6. In conversation with queerdirect

Queerdirect invites you to an immersive experience and conversation. Led by Gaby Sahhar and Lily Cheetah, join Queerdirect's workshop in re-imagining the future of queer space, institutional space and LGBTQ+ nightlife. Queerdirect grew out of the need for queer artists to have access to long-term support and a network to promote their work.


7. Reprezent Radio Presents …

Room 1840, 18.00–21.30

Record label and collective Femme culture, will be taking over the 1840 Gallery with music from residents Elkka & Saint Ludo with live visuals from artist Zoe Que.


8. Screening of Peterloo and a discussion with the director

Clore Auditorium

18.00–20.40 Screening of Peterloo

20.45–21.30 Mike Leigh in conversation with Jacqueline Riding

Don’t miss this chance hear internationally-acclaimed filmmaker Mike Leigh discussing his latest film, Peterloo, which depicts the events surrounding one of the defining moments in British democracy, the 1819 Peterloo Massacre. Starring Rory Kinnear and Maxine Peake, Peterloo provides a passionate and gritty account of the murder of protestors at a peaceful pro-democracy rally. Discussion chaired by historian and author Jacqueline Riding.

Tickets essential and available for free on a first come first serve basis, from 17.00 at the Clore Entrance.


9. Art+Techivist

Taylor Digital Studio,18.00–21.00

Join computational artist and creative technologist Alex Fefegha's interactive session in examining and challenging art and technology's role in personal and community expressions of social justice, activism, inclusivity and design responsibility. The workshop aims to foster creativity, build collective knowledge and stimulates awareness of social justice issues.

Food and drink

10. Flavours of Africa and the Caribbean

Clore Centre, 19.00–21.30

Celebrate the cuisine of Africa and the Caribbean with a sensory journey of flavours, aromas and textures. Sit down for a culinary experience, curated to showcase a wide variety of dishes from Africa and the Caribbean.

£10 per person. Book now.


Head to the main floor to discover the art produced during a tumultuous year in Britain's history. Shockwaves went through the country following the violent suppression of a political rally in Manchester on the 16 August 1819.

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Date & Time

6 September 2019 at 18.00–21.30

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