Late At Tate Britain: Spaces Between
We visited the Tate Britain to check out 'Spaces Between'...
The Spaces Between event saw youth culture displayed in fine fashion at the stunning Tate Britain Gallery. In front of the gallery on the Clore Lawn the audience was given a mixture of jazz sounds from musical collective Parshmaune. An epic cypher followed that from Higher Learning and End of the Weak artists.
Happening nearby the jazz and hip-hop UK Beatbox champion Reeps One showcased his live drawing skills as he drew away in front of onlookers. Not restricted to the lawn, the event saw all areas of the gallery taken over. In the auditorium a five-part documentary series highlighting youth cultures influence in fashion and music in the underground house/hip-hop/dance scenes was shown.
In the Duveen Galleries a large crowd stood patiently as the Poetry Luv group showcased emerging and established poets and spoken word artists from the UK. Poet Sophia Thakur was a particular highlight along with many others.
From British graffiti artist Mode 2 leading a large painting performance, artist Benjamin Wachenje displaying a new portrait of cultural icon Jonzi D and young people gathering to talk about what they think and feel about art, it was hard not to be impressed by the scale and depth of the event.
The performance of the night came from artist Little Simz. The crowd rose up when she played her banger 'The Hamptons' along with other favourites. Surrounded by portraits and spectators, the London MC gave a memorable set to mark the night. A great programme of live art, cyphers, installations and intelligent discourse is definitely one that should happen more often.
Words: Jesse Banfro
Edit: Maz Khan