The Last Weekend is a celebration of regional connections to the exhibition Thao Nguyen Phan and the collection displays Modern Conversations. Showcasing the first performance of artist Rita Evans's new work Stringing the Matrix commissioned by Tate St Ives. Evans’s sculptural instrument is on display in Gallery 9 until May and will be activated in a performance with local musicians Stuart Blackmore, Liam Jolly and Alice Mahoney (Disco Rococo) on Saturday 30th April. After the final performance on Saturday the group will be joined by Marianne Mulvey, a curator, researcher and lecturer to discuss performance in contemporary art spaces and Rita’s practice
The weekend features a special collaborative project between Falmouth University dance students and TR14ers, a youth-led community dance charity, led by choreographer Katrina Brown who will perform on Sunday. Poet Dr. John Wedgwood Clarke, University of Exeter will run poetry workshops around the Red River Project; a two-year collaboration in Cornwall's tin-mining districts. Get creative on Sunday in a workshop run by Tate Collective Producers, the young people’s group at Tate St Ives. On Monday Tate St Ives is host to the Cornwall International Male Choral Festival and a special talk delivered by social historian Janet Axten researched and written by Dr. Gregg Huff, University of Oxford, a historian on the Vietnam famine of 1944–45 a key reference point for the work of Thao Nguyen Phan. Throughout the weekend there will be talks in the galleries with the members of Tate St Ives staff on their research into the artist’s work.
The involvement of the Red River Project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council through their Leadership Fellowship scheme and supported by field notes.