Tate Modern Workshop

How to Build an Art Biennale With Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton

Installation of artwork on the streets of Fort Kochi, for the Kochi Biennale, 2014-15. Photograph: Robert E. D’Souza

Installation of artwork on the streets of Fort Kochi, for the Kochi Biennale, 2014-15. Photo: Robert E. D’Souza 

Curate displays, join debates about the spaces, places and politics of contemporary art, and learn practical skills for building your own event

Drawing inspiration from Kochi Biennale in India, which is well known for artists producing their work on site, Winchester School of Art is spending a week building an art biennale in Tate Exchange. Drop in and get involved in the production of contemporary art.

The programme will include opportunities to participate with artists to make, curate and install work. Visitors can join a wide variety of workshops to discover what it means to build art ‘events’, including the use of 3D digital scanning, an introduction to crowdfunding, and participation in performance-based art.

A series of daily reflective discussions will be held in amongst the working process of building the biennale. This series of talks will invite you to be part of dialogues with members of the Kochi Biennale and to explore aspects of Tate Modern’s collection. In addition to main events listed below, the exhibition and various activities run every day from Wed – Sun.

This event is programmed by Winchester School of Art, a Tate Exchange Associate.

Tuesday 8 May - Installing a Biennale…

Meet staff and students from Winchester School of Art and Bose Krishnamachari (founding director of Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India) as they collaborate to install large-scale artworks and establish the Biennale Office, an open space to learn about the diversity of biennale practices.

12 – 4pm Live installing of work
4.30pm Discussion with Bose Krishnamachari

Wednesday 9 May - How to Biennale!

A knowledge exchange event for those involved in and/or aspiring to be involved in the development of art events and exhibitions. Participants are invited to formulate materials for the book ‘How to Biennale! The Manual’, a useful and practical guide to making your own art events, conceived & edited by Shwetal A. Patel & Sunil Manghani.

12 – 4.30pm How to Biennale! - Free, but places are limited. Book tickets here
4.30pm Drinks Reception: Welcome to the Biennale!

Thursday 10 May – Working with Artists

A range of participatory activities scheduled on the floor, including calligraphy with Zhang Qiang; and art-making with the Print, Painting, and Sculpture studios of Winchester School of Art.

12 – 6pm Exhibition open & activities throughout the day

Friday 11 May – Drawing Together

Join in with a series of participatory performances from the Chinese calligraphy artist Zhang Qiang and collaborate on the making of silk scrolls to exhibit on the Tate Exchange floor.

1 – 4pm Zhang Qiang performances every half an hour
4.30pm In Dialogue

Saturday 12 May – The Ideal Spectator: Open Auditions at Tate Modern

Auditions open for the position of spectator or even impostor artist! A participatory event devised and directed by Zuleikha Chaudhari, with the participation of Sudarshan Shetty. See also Robert E. D’Souza’s film installation and work from the National Art & Design Saturday Club.

1-4pm Open Auditions with Zuleikha Chaudhari
4.30pm Zuleikha Chaudhari & Sudarshan Shetty in dialogue

Sunday 13 May - Imagined Biennales

An open forum to present and debate ideas for the future of biennales. This event is kindly supported by the Gujral Foundation. Also available, Reena Kallat presents a work inviting us to share our views about the relationship between democratic ideals and realities.

2-4.30pm Special Event: Imagined Biennales!
4.30pm Live Broadcast: 2018 Kochi-Muziris Biennale curator Anita Dube in dialogue

About Winchester School of Art

Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton) is one of the UK’s leading art and design institutions. With history going back almost 150 years, the School is an international centre for ideas and innovation, committed to offering high quality education and engaging with broader social projects.

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9 May 2018 at 13.00–19.00

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