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Critical Practices Research Group

Building an Art Biennale at Tate Exchange

From Tuesday 8 – Sunday 13 May 2018, staff and students from Winchester School of Art presented a week-long programme at Tate Modern as part of the School’s Associate status with Tate Exchange.

Under the title of Building an Art Biennale at Tate, the programme invited members of the public to engage in a wide range of activities and debates concerned with the production of contemporary art. The project was in association with India’s Kochi Biennale, and framed around key research conducted around the Biennale by Professors Sunil Manghani and Ed D’Souza, including their book India’s Biennale Effect (Routledge, 2017).

The programme utilised the whole of the Tate Exchange floor, on Level 5 of the new Blavatnik building at Tate Modern. It included the installation of student artworks, the participation of notable international artists and guest speakers, a range of participatory activities and live broadcasting, and a knowledge exchange event, giving national recognition to a wide range of art events from around the UK and Ireland. The week ended with a specially curated forum, Imagined Biennales, looking ahead to the future of contemporary art exhibition making.

student holding sign


Programme of events for Building an Art Biennale at Tate

students in the sculpture studio

WSA Studio

Students initiating the Biennale project in the studio

Bose Krishnamachari speaking


Invited artists, groups and participants

installing a Biennale

Day 1

Installing a Biennale ...

Chinese calligraphy artist Zhang Qiang

Day 3

Working with Artists

Ideal Spectator interview

Day 5

The Ideal Spectator: Open Auditions at Tate Modern

Winchester School of Art at Tate Exchange
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