Tate Modern Workshop

State of the Nation: Exchanges on Homelessness With Museum of Homelessness

Image courtesy Will Brady

Join us for fast-paced debates, installations and stories about what is happening in hostels, day centres and on the streets

This State of the Nation weekender at Tate Exchange brings together a rich mix of perspectives on homelessness from a range of guests including artists, people with experience of homelessness and politicians.

What have we learnt from the past? What kind of society do we want to live in tomorrow? Drop in across the weekend if you have ever wondered why homelessness still exists and want to ask if art and creativity can make a difference. 


Objects and stories from across the UK will be present in the Tate Exchange space. Part installation, part visual report, this capsule collection will offer a snapshot of what is happening in hostels, day centres, social housing, on the streets and in people’s hearts, minds and lives.

David Tovey: A Soldier’s Story

Explore artist David Tovey’s intimate and thought provoking installation which shares stories of former military personnel who have experienced homelessness. Ex-service personnel account for one in ten rough sleepers across the UK. We walk past people every day without knowing their story – and each one is different.  Working with other veterans who have experienced homelessness, David’s installation uses real uniforms and stories to spark conversations and encourage action on this critical issue.

State of the Nation newspaper

Contribute your thoughts with artists and designers from Evening Class who will publish a newspaper at the end of the weekender sharing your views on homelessness in the 21st century.

Events programme

As well as exploring these ongoing interactions and displays in Tate Exchange, you are invited to join one of our programmed events:

  • State of the Nation – Conversations: Guest speakers including journalists, politicians and artists discuss issues around homelessness
  • Music to Inspire: Join the Choir with No Name and musicians from the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the West London Day Centre for an afternoon of singing and new music
  • Man on Bench Catwalk: A fashion show crafted from rubbish thrown away on London’s streets

This event is programmed by the Museum of Homelessness, a Tate Exchange Associate.

About the Museum of Homelessness

The Museum of Homelessness. A community exploring the history, art and culture of homelessness.

The UK’s first museum of Homelessness is being developed by people from all walks of life, including those who have been homelessness.

Tate Modern

Tate Exchange

Blavatnik Building, Level 5

London SE1 9TG
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8 April 2017 at 13.00–19.00

9 April 2017 at 13.00–19.00

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