Tate Modern’s Free Friday Night Parties Are Returning This Month

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Tate Modern’s Free Friday Night Parties Are Returning This Month

Immerse yourself in art at Tate Lates.

Fancy a Friday night with a difference? Rather than heading to drab house parties thrown by a distant acquaintance, pop down to Tate Modern on the last Friday of every month (except December) for their brilliant Tate Lates events, which offer you a fun and free way to embrace art. These popular after-hours events blend art, live music, films, workshops, and drinks for a very different kind of night out – and the first one since the start of the pandemic is coming up on August 27.

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A big hit pre-pandemic, Tate Lates are often themed around a particular exhibit that graces the gallery at the same time. For their grand return, however, Tate are doing things a little differently, and inviting you to get involved in the most hands-on way possible: by doodling all over the floor of the gallery’s cavernous Turbine Hall. Yep, your art will be proudly on display in Tate Modern thanks to a project called Mega Please Draw Freely, from artist Ei Arakawa. This ever-changing artwork is inspired by the work of Japan’s Gutai group, and invites you to scribble all over banners and the floor of the hall, to create a huge collaborative artwork.

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That’s far from the only attraction available at the next Tate Lates; performance artists Figs In Wigs will be welcoming guests to the event in their inimitable style, artist Hannah Hill will host a ‘Craft CafĂ©’ in partnership with Tate and Bankside’s public art project Beyond Boundaries, RIOT SOUP will assist visitors in making a massive collaborative collage, and you could also tackle a series of photographic missions around the gallery.

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Music will be programmed by Worldwide FM’s Global Roots, and provided by London-based producer MoirĂ© and multi-instrumentalist Kayla Painter, who’ll fill Turbine Hall with tunes from their perch on the Level 1 Bridge. Elsewhere, you can catch a screening of The Inheritance, which explores the legacies of the USA’s Black Arts Movement, and if you get hungry, the Riverside Terrace will be serving craft beers and pizza all evening long.

It’s art, but not as you know it – whether you’re a seasoned gallery veteran looking for a laidback night, or a novice aiming to get more into art, Tate Lates has got you covered.

Practical information

They usually take place on the final Friday of every month (excluding December). August 27 is the next Tate Lates.
Tate Lates are free to take part in, although advance booking is required.

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