Tate Modern Festival

Power to Change

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Take part in a weekend of free workshops, artist commissions, installations, films, talks and food all about climate and sustainability

Join us for the launch of Power to Change and imagine new ways of thinking about climate and how to make a positive impact on our future.

Power to Change considers the artistic, museum and cultural sectors’, emotional and practical responses to climate and ecological emergency. We are amplifying the voices of artists, designers, industry leaders, sustainable practitioners, our neighbours and local community, to inspire and accelerate action around climate.

The launch of Power to Change coincides with COP26, the 26th annual United Nations summit on climate change. Taking place in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12 2021, it will see world leaders, government representatives, business and citizens come together for twelve days of talks.

Tate declared a climate and ecological emergency in July 2019, recognising the unique role art and art museums can play in creating fundamental societal change. As an institution, Tate is committed to reducing its carbon emissions by 50 per cent by 2023 and to reducing emissions to net zero by 2030. Find out more about our ongoing work to reduce our carbon footprint and protect the environment.

Power to Change is supported by the AKO Foundation.

Jenny Holzer commission

Friday 29 – Sunday 31 October 17.45–22.00

Every evening, look up from the riverside at Tate Modern’s chimney to see a specially commissioned light projection work by artist Jenny Holzer.

Tate Lates

Friday 29 October 18.00–22.00

Join us after hours on Friday for a special climate edition of Tate Lates.

Action workshops

Saturday 30 October 10.00–18.00

Drop-in to workshops around the building themed around re-use and re-cycling and discover the small actions you can take to have a real impact on our climate future.

Reimagine Now! with UNIQLO Tate Play

Saturday 30 – Sunday 31 October 10.00–18.00

Take part in activities for families of all ages with UNIQLO Tate Play in the Tanks.

Presented in collaboration with UNIQLO Tate Play.

Eternal Return, Emilija Škarnulytė

Friday 29 – Sunday 31 October 10.00–18.00

In the South Tank, immerse yourself in an installation by artist Emilija Škarnulytė that explores both space and time through the depths of the sea. A special artist performance will take place at 15.00 on Saturday.

Organised by Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational in partnership with Hyundai Motor.

Film screenings

Saturday 30 – Sunday 31 October

Watch a double screening of Emilija Škarnulytė’s Sirenomelia and New Mineral Collective's Pleasure Prospects in the Starr Cinema. Find out more about screening times and free ticket collection.

Supported by In Between Art Film.

Ten Minute Talks

Saturday 30 – Sunday 31 October 13.00, 14.30, 16.00

Hear from Tate staff, volunteers and members of our local community as they give ten minute talks about climate and artworks on display around the building.

Food and drink

Saturday 30 – Sunday 31 October 10.00–18.00

In our Terrace Bar, enjoy a sustainable English mezze menu or pick up a beer mat from sustainable brewery Toast and make a pledge to reduce your carbon footprint. And in the East Tank, sample some food from our zero waste cooking demonstrations.

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

The accessible entrance is the South entrance of the Blavatnik Building, via Park 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

London SE1 9TG
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29 October 2021 at 18.00–22.00

30 October 2021 at 10.00–18.00

31 October 2021 at 10.00–18.00

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