Tate Modern Workshop

D.I.Y. Machine With BACKLIT Gallery

Alistair Frost, Human Fruit Machine, 2016. Photo: Anthony Hopwood

Alistair Frost Human Fruit Machine 2016. Photo: Anthony Hopwood

Collaborate with artists, interact with local communities and get creative with our D.I.Y. Machine

You are invited to come along and become an active part in the D.I.Y Machine programme:

  • Our portable Creative toolkits, designed by artists, will get you thinking and producing ideas and objects . The theme is ‘social impact’. Make a difference or add to a sense of enjoyment and well being. The toolkit will transport you around the floor and through the galleries at Tate, encouraging you to interact with artists and collections.
  • Collaborate with artists occupying Tate Exchange. A ‘roulette station’, will match participants with artists to work on creative projects in exciting and unexpected ways.
  • Rest and have a cuppa! Our tea station (yes FREE TEA!) provides a place where, as a worker within the space, you can rest, sit and reflect.
  • Discover our off-site activities which take place away from the Gallery and within the community.

This event is programmed by BACKLIT Gallery, a Tate Exchange Associate.

About BACKLIT Gallery

BACKLIT is a two storey artist-led gallery and studios located in the east side of Nottingham, UK. It provides affordable studio spaces for 40 contemporary artists; supporting cross collaboration between early career graduates, emerging artists and international touring practitioners, and is committed to supporting community-engaged projects.

BACKLIT delivers an exciting high profile visual arts programme that is developed with consideration about what knowledge and experiences can be shared with Backlit studio/associate members.

BACKLIT has a strong history with delivering audience and participant led activity which have included previous projects with artists Gillian Wearing, Mat Collishaw and Alistair Frost. The D.I.Y machine has been developed in communities locally, nationally and internationally as a way for artists to make a change through social activism.

Tate Modern

Tate Exchange

Blavatnik Building, Level 5

London SE1 9TG
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20 February 2018 at 12.00–18.00

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