Tate St Ives Late

Late at Tate St Ives September 2018

A white woman standing against a blue sky holds a large disk which reflects the background

(c) Daisy Rickman

Delve into the blue and explore the gallery after hours

Inspired by our sea-side location and Patrick Heron's use of colour and scale, we explore one of the world's favourite colours - blue through performance, film and poetry, alongside an evening of music and drinks in our terrace cafe.

Programme of events

  • From 18.30 until late | Drinks, tapas and themed music in our cafe
  • 18.40 Talk and Screening: Derek Jarman's Blue | Foyle Studio

In Derek Jarman’s last film Blue, the monochrome glow of the projected frame echoes the artist’s fading eyesight, as the soundtrack evokes powerful images of the mental, physical and emotional strain caused by his terminal illness. Blue was completed in 1993, the year before Jarman succumbed to AIDS-related complications. This marks the 25th anniversary of the film’s release, and doubles as a celebration of Jarman’s life and the quarter of a century after his passing.

Introduced by artist Josie Cockram

  • 18.40 Screening: Avoiding Green, Phil Coy | Clore Sky Studio
  • 19.10 Ask the Sea with Marcus Coates and Fiona MacDonald : Feral Practice | Clore Sky Studio

What can we learn from the sea? Marcus Coates and Fiona MacDonald : Feral Practice discuss with a panel of specialists to discuss how the sea can teach us about the human world.

Subverting a Gardeners' Question Time format, the panelists willl answer questions from the audience about human society through their specialist knowledge of the sea and marine species to bring new perspectives to human concerns. Submit your question in advance via the Ask The Wild website or bring it with you on the day.

This event is part of Ask the Wild, a project which offers fresh perspectives on personal, social, and political issues in human society, by bringing the expert knowledge of the natural history disciplines to bear on everyday human problems and dilemmas. Previous talks, Ask the Apes and Ask the Birds, have been held at Whitechapel Gallery and Turner Contemporary, Margate.

19.50 Performance: Ella Frears | Modern Art and St Ives Display

A new poetry commission by Ella Frears, inspired by the art and artists of St Ives.

20.10 Performance: Nina Royle, Glaucous | Patrick Heron Exhibition

Inspired by the themes present within Patrick Heron's work, this new performance by Nina Royle explores the cultural and historical significance of the colour blue. Combining rhythmic prose, multiple voices, live music and found sound, the performance considers the contradictions implicit within blue - extreme joy and extreme sadness, the sea, the sky - and the slippery, problematic nature of using words to single out and classify colours. With costumes by Sarah Johnson and music by Ben Pollock.

20.35 Screening: Enough to fill up an eggcup, Mark Jenkin | Clore Sky Studio

Transcending a portrait of place, the quiet, eternal rhythms of the small fishing cove Penberth are caught, landed and served up in this stark and gentle handcrafted celluloid poem.

20.50 Performance: Ella Frears | Modern Art and St Ives Display

21.10 Q and A: Mark Jenkin | Clore Sky Studio

Nina Royle

(c) Daisy Rickman

(c) Nina Royle

(c) Daisy Rickman

Ask the Sea panel
Ella Frears reads poetry

Ella Frears

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Date & Time

21 September 2018 at 18.30–21.30