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Critical Practices Research Group

Building an Art Biennale at Tate Exchange

Staff and students from Winchester School of Art present a week-long programme at Tate Modern as part of the School’s Associate status with Tate Exchange.

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Tuesday 8 – Sunday 13 May, 2018, 12-6pm daily

Tate Modern with Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton

in collaboration with Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India

Under the title of Building an Art Biennale at Tate, the programme invites members of the public to engage in a wide range of activities and debates concerned with the production of contemporary art. The project is in association with India’s Kochi Biennale, and is 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 runs on the whole of the Tate Exchange floor, Level 5 of the new building at Tate Modern. It includes 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 ends with a specially curated forum Imagined Biennales, looking ahead to the future of contemporary art exhibition making.


Tate Exchange floor is open daily, Tue – Sun, 12.00 – 18.00. In addition to main events listed below, the exhibition and various activities run every day from Wed – Sun.

Tuesday 8 May - Installing a Biennale…

Meet staff and students from Winchester School of Art and Bose Krishnamachari (founding director of Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India) as they collaborate to install large-scale artworks and establish the Biennale Office, an open space to learn about the diversity of biennale practices.

Schedule: 12 – 4pm Live installing of work | 4.30pm Discussion with Bose Krishnamachari

Wednesday 9 May - How to Biennale!

(free, but limited places – booking required)

A knowledge exchange event for those involved in and/or aspiring to be involved in the development of art events and exhibitions. Participants are invited to formulate materials for the book ‘How to Biennale! The Manual’, a useful and practical guide to making your own art events, conceived & edited by Shwetal A. Patel & Sunil Manghani.

Schedule: 12 – 4.30pm How to Biennale! | 4.30pm Drinks Reception: Welcome to the Biennale!

Thursday 10 May – Working with Artists

A range of participatory activities scheduled on the floor, including calligraphy with Zhang Qiang; and art-making with the Print, Painting, and Sculpture studios of Winchester School of Art.

Schedule: 12 – 6pm Exhibition open & activities throughout the day

Friday 11 May – Drawing Together

Join in with a series of participatory performances from the Chinese calligraphy artist Zhang Qiang and collaborate on the making of silk scrolls to exhibit on the Tate Exchange floor.

Schedule: 1 – 4pm Zhang Qiang performances every half an hour | 4.30pm In Dialogue

Saturday 12 May – The Ideal Spectator: Open Auditions at Tate Modern

Auditions open for the position of spectator or even impostor artist! A participatory event devised and directed by Zuleikha Chaudhari, with the participation of Sudarshan Shetty. See also Robert E. D’Souza’s film installation and work from the National Art & Design Saturday Club.

Schedule: 1-4pm Open Auditions with Zuleikha Chaudhari | 4.30pm Zuleikha Chaudhari & Sudarshan Shetty in dialogue

Sunday 13 May - Imagined Biennales

An open forum to present and debate ideas for the future of biennales and art events.

Schedule: 2-4.30pm Special Event: Imagined Biennales! 4.30pm Live Broadcast: 2018 Kochi-Muziris Biennale curator Anita Dube in dialogue


Building an Art Biennale is a week-long event at Tate Exchange, organized by Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. In addition to the main events listed above, a variety of participatory activities will be available for all to join in on a daily basis.

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