Tate Modern Workshop

Art and Inequality: New Perspectives

Guerrilla Girls, ‘Do Women Have To Be Naked To Get Into the Met. Museum?’ 1989
Guerrilla Girls, Do Women Have To Be Naked To Get Into the Met. Museum? 1989. Tate. © courtesy www.guerrillagirls.com

​Join a participatory workshop exploring artistic responses to inequality

Struggles for equality continue to engage with issues of class, race, gender, sexuality, and ability. This workshop explores the specific roles that art might play in tackling inequalities. How might artists document or make visible forms of inequality? What impact might their work have in shaping political and economic debates in these areas? How might artists and institutions work with communities and activists to reduce inequalities? And in what ways might art and its institutions perpetuate inequalities?

The workshop features short presentations by artists, curators, activists and academics as prompts for wider discussions amongst participants. Contributors include David A. Bailey (curator and photographer), Teresa Cisneros (curator and educator), Jeannette Ehlers (artist), Adam Kaasa (Royal College of Art), Amal Khalaf (Serpentine Galleries) and Sarita Malik (Brunel University). There will also be an introduction to the Art and Inequality project from Dr Clive James Nwonka (London School of Economics).

The workshop is followed by an evening discussion in the Starr Cinema, chaired by the broadcaster Bidisha and featuring the cultural critic Bonnie Greer, the artist Jacob V. Joyce and the academic Andrea Phillips, designed to extend the conversations.

This event has been developed through a new partnership between Tate and The Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity (AFSEE) based at the LSE’s International Inequality Institute. The AFSEE programme brings together people involved in activism and academia from around the world to find new and effective solutions to global inequalities.


14.00 Welcome: Richard Martin (Tate)

14.10 Introduction: Clive Nwonka (LSE)

14.20 Panel 1: Focus on London

  • Provocation 1 (15 mins): Amal Khalaf (curator & researcher, Serpentine Galleries)
  • Provocation 2 (15 mins): Teresa Cisneros (curator, arts administrator & educator)
  • Discussion (50 mins) chaired by Adam Kaasa (researcher, Royal College of Art)

15.40 Break (refreshments provided)

16.00 Panel 2: International Research

  • Provocation 1 (15 mins): Sarita Malik (Professor of Media, Culture and Communications, Brunel University London)
  • Provocation 2 (15 mins): Jeannette Ehlers (artist)
  • Discussion (50 mins) chaired by David A. Bailey (curator & photographer)

17.20 Next steps: Richard Martin and Clive Nwonka

17.30 Close​

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Date & Time

20 June 2018 at 14.00–17.30

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