I am a freelance photographer and visual artist currently based in London, UK. I use this blog as a place to show work-in-progress, images from recent commissions, exhibition details, and other random bits and bobs.

Please visit www.kateelliott.co.uk for more examples of my work, and www.kateelliottphotography.co.uk for my commercial photography website. I am also one half of artist collaboration KEEM.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

A.S.S.E.M.B.L.Y at Tate Modern

Emma McGarry has been working as Lead Artist for the Special Schools Preview of the New Tate Modern which took place on June 16th 2016. 

As part of the programme I was invited, as one of eight artists, to collaborate on an exchange, the outcome being a series of new learning resources, for use on the day and from now onwards.

Emma and I have worked together before, both as individual artists, and as artist collaboration KEEM. For our Tate exchange, we compiled a list of words that connect our two practices. We then individually compiled a 'mix-tape', with each song relating to one of the words, before sharing them with one another. From this exchange, the following resource was created: Y IS FOR YOU (AND ME) CAN HAVE IT ALL. 

devised by artist Emma McGarry through an exchange with artist Kate Elliott

Devised by Emma, the Special Schools Preview - known as A.S.S.E.M.B.L.Y - included a manifesto proposing YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL. On the morning of June 16th 2016 the doors to the new Tate Modern were thrown open to 3000 school students from across the UK as its first public visitors. 

On arrival at Tate, groups of school students were given one of the eight artist learning resources, each of which relates to a specific collection of works within the building. Our resource - Y IS FOR YOU (AND ME) CAN HAVE IT ALL - connects to the Louise Bourgeois Artist Room in the new Switch House extension of the Tate Modern, where groups of students created their own 'mix-tapes', in response to chosen Louise Bourgeois artworks.

Alongside the resources, special events and activities ran throughout the day, and the soundtrack of our above exchange was shared through a silent disco. I wish I could have been there on the day to see!


 Photos © Emma McGarry

The other artists involved in the programme were Elisa Noguera Lopez, Skye Skyetshooki, Adam J.B. Walker, Ntiense Eno Amooquaye, Nam Tran, Ju Gosling aka ju90, and Hydar Dewachi.