Tate Modern Workshop

Kusama in America: Access Hours

Part of the Terra Foundation for American Art Series: New Perspectives

Yayoi Kusama, ‘Infinity Mirrored Room - Filled with the Brilliance of Life’ 2011/2017
Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrored Room - Filled with the Brilliance of Life 2011/2017. Tate. © YAYOI KUSAMA

A series of out of hours events specifically designed for neurodiverse visitors to experience the artist Yayoi Kusama’s work created while she lived in New York, between 1957 and 1973

These events are organised and supported by neurodiverse aware Tate staff. Enjoy a quiet gallery environment with additional dedicated quiet zones, limited numbers of people and so very short or no queues, and the opportunity to go through the two installation rooms as many times as you would like.

These events are open to anyone who may be on the Autistic spectrum, has Tourette syndrome, ADD, ADHD, OCD, anxiety, sensory difficulties or disabilities.

Drop-in Access Hours Activity:

During the access hours, you are also invited to join young artist Emi Horley for a fun spotty handkerchief folding activity turning it into a wearable such as a hat, a bandana or a pocket square. This activity is created to enable neurodiverse and disabled visitors, especially young people and children, to engage with our exhibition in a creative and nonverbal way. The process of giving all attendees, plus the Tate staff, a bright handkerchief to either wear or fold, makes everyone feel included in an environment which might for some people feel a little overwhelming.

This activity draws upon Kusama's interest in creating her own New York based clothing range.

Emi Horley herself draws upon her Anglo-Asian heritage and lived experience of autism awareness to deliver events that are sensitive and engaging for everybody, particularly people who might feel excluded.

Emi will be joining the Access Hours on: 6 October. (Further dates to be announced).

These events are part of the Kusama in America: Access Programme, a durational series of events coinciding with the Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms exhibition at Tate Modern.

This event is part of the Terra Foundation for American Art Series: New Perspectives

Tate Modern's entrance is via the Turbine Hall on Holland Street. There are automatic sliding doors and a ramp down to the entrance.

Late arrivals (after 18.00) please enter via the Blavatnik Entrance, off Sumner Street.

There are lifts to every floor. Alternatively, you can take the stairs.

  • Fully accessible toilets are located on every floor on the concourses.
  • A quiet room is available to use in the Natalie Bell Building on Level 4.
  • Ear defenders can be borrowed from the Ticket desks.

To help plan your visit to Tate Modern, have a look at our visual story. It includes photographs and information of what you can expect from a visit to the gallery.

For more information before your visit:

Check all Tate Modern accessibility information

Visitor numbers are being carefully managed. There are increased cleaning regimes in high use areas, protective screens on desks and counters and hand sanitiser dispensers throughout the gallery.

To help everyone keep at a safe distance we are limiting and managing visitor numbers with tickets. You will be given individual packs or sanitised materials to use at creative workshops. Enhanced cleaning is in place and we’ll ask you to wear a face covering, unless you’re exempt.

When you visit:

  • Keep your distance from others
  • Follow the one-way route
  • Please wear a face covering unless you are exempt

Most importantly, if you or anyone you live with has COVID-19 symptoms please stay at home.

For more information take a look through our frequently asked questions.

Tate Modern

Entry via the Blavatnik entrance, off Sumner Street

Inside the Yayoi Kusama exhibition, Level 4, Blavatnik Building

London SE1 9TG
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Date & Time

4 October 2021 at 18.00–20.00

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