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Late at Tate Britain presents Spaces Between – a celebration of youth culture through word and sound

Curated by Louder Than Words expect an evening of exploratory spoken word and sound inspired by the artwork in the Tate Collection from a mix of storytellers, poets, beat boxers and musicians. A programme of live art, performance, installations and workshops August’s Late At Tate will explore the youth experience and the space it occupies between social structures and cultural boundaries.

Join in: #LateAtTate  Check the full programme below


Speakers Corner  – Clore Lawn – 18.00-21.30

Speakers Corner hosts live music from a collaboration of new emerging hip-hop and jazz talent, urban griots, rap artists, beatboxers, turntablist and dancers exploring the fluctuating social-political paradigms that effect youth culture. Supported by Universal Zulu Nation, End Of The Weak and Higher Learning.

Reeps One – Manton Foyer – 18.00-21.30 (looped)

Film screening, cymatic soundwave and vibration demonstration by UK beatbox champion Reeps One.

20.00-20.40 Workshop and demonstration


Jonzi  – Space – 18.00-21.30

Artist Benjamin Wachenje unveils a new portrait on view for the evening, of cultural icon and Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells Theatre Jonzi D, who for over ten years has exposed a generation to the rich cultural heritage of Hip-hop.

19.15-19.35 Benjamin Wachenje and Jonzi D in Conversation

19.35-19.45 Performance by Jonzi D


Mode 2 – Clore Studio – 18.00-21.30

Live painting performance by leading British graffiti artist Mode 2 inspired by a collaborative workshop led by young people and Mode 2 that explored works in the Tate collection.

The preparatory workshop and performance is a part of Circuit, led by Tate and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Slam Jam – Forgotten Faces – 7.00-7.30pm

Poet Nick Makoha host Slam Jam poetry collective showcasing solo and group pieces. Words become the music as they fuse poetry and performance.

Little Simz – Forgotten Faces  – 21.00-21.15

Little Simz performs live acoustic performance against the backdrop of stunning portraits from the Tate Collection.

Poetry Luv – Duveen Galleries (Pop-up poetry) – 18.00-21.30

Pop-up poetry from Poetry Luv throughout the Duveen Galleries inspired by Tate Britain Commission sculptor Phyllida Barlow. Spoken word artists Jaja Soze, Nego Tru and Sophia Thakur showcase young, emerging poets.

Reeps One – Clore Lawn  – 18.00-19.30

Live drawing on the Clore Lawn from artist and UK beatbox champion Reeps One.

Library and Archive – 18.30-20.30

An exploration of the words behind the artist – a display and reading of artists’ archives from the Archives and Access project, generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

19.00 and 19.30 Archive reading (numbers restricted to 25 people per reading)


Lost In Space – Manton Studio – 18.00-21.30 (9 min, looped)

Sound and visual artist Anderson presents an immersive audio play and 3D animation journeying into outer space exploring the power of words and silence.

Your Mum Visuals – Rotunda – 18.00-21.30

Your Mum Visuals maps the evolution of the MC and sound system culture acrossR&B, Reggae, Dance Hall, Hip Hop, Jungle, Garage, Drum & Base, Dub Step and Grime.

Workshop- Visibly, Invisible – Digital Studio -18.00-21.30 (looped)

Inspired by Henry Moore’s figurative pieces and Phyllida Barlow’s dock photographer, Saira Awan curates an immersive real-time multimedia response to questions around individual identity, stereotyping and labelling.