Underpinning the project is a re-imagining of a historic social reform movement, the Clarion, very active in Liverpool, Birmingham and surrounding areas in the late 19th century.
Three Day Work-Out takes activities of the Clarion movement – communal cycling, singing and publishing – as a way to reflect on current debates around modern forms of work and leisure. Tate Exchange will host several participatory events, including a film screening, a self-publishing workshop, a sing-along protest choir and the collaborative action Protesteroo, a cycle-choir-troupe delivering on-demand musical messages of hope and resistance to locations around Tate Liverpool.
Join us for an exercise in imagination, discussion, singing and making.
Friday 24 May
14.00-15.30: Documentary screening of The Last Clarion House (2017), directed by Charlotte Bill. This will be followed by a discussion around the Clarion movement, cycling cultures and activism led by Prof Peter Cox, author of the recently published book Cycling: A Sociology of Vélomobility (2019).
15.30-17.00: Join Post-Workers Theatre for a conversation about Protesteroo, workers’ songs, protest songwriting and on-demand delivery. A discussion about the next days protest song delivery service will take place during this session.
Saturday 25 May
All day events by the Protesteroo cycle-choir-troupe. This protest cycling choir will perform at Tate Liverpool and deliver protest songs in surrounding areas throughout the day.
11.30-13.00: Protesteroo protest song workshop with Angry Margaret Protest Choir (BCU) led by Infinite Opera, and the Liverpool Socialist Singers. Join us to learn and sing workers' songs old and new.
14.00-15.00: Protesteroo cycle-choir-troupe will deliver protest songs at selected on-demand locations within a delivery area of 2.5 miles of Tate Liverpool.
16.00-16.30: Protesteroo Sing-Along Protest Choir, final Sing-Along with Angry Margaret Protest Choir (BCU) led by Infinite Opera, and the Liverpool Socialist Singers.
Sunday 26 May
Throughout the day, visitors are invited to participate in Protesteroo and engage with protest songwriting and on-demand delivery.
11.00-15.00: Drop in zine-making workshop led by Gareth Proskourine-Barnett and BAAAD Press, a collaborative publishing house located at the Birmingham School of Art (BCU). Visitors will make a zine in response to the themes of Three Day Work-Out and connect with the Clarion movement and its present legacies. Zine pages will be showcased at the Tate Exchange space, alongside BAAAD Press documentation of Three Day Work-Out events.
Project presented by Birmingham City University, a Tate Exchange Associate, with Dr Nuria Querol (Birmingham City University), Post-Workers Theatre (Demitrios Kargotis, Dash Macdonald and Nicholas Mortimer) and Dr Red Chidgey (King’s College London).