About Tate Exchange
198 Contemporary Arts & Learning’s programme for Tate Exchange, as part of Possible Futures, will explore and enact exchange between generations, cultures, the past and the present, the present and the future, institutions and equals. The programme acts as a catalyst for exchanging knowledge, ideas and experiences between artists, cultural practitioners, young people and audiences on the changing cultural landscape for Black led organisations, artists of colour and culturally diverse audiences in the UK. It focuses primarily on a critical appraisal of the work of 198, reflecting on the wider context of the needs, opportunities and aspirations of marginalised groups by investigating changes in the arts environment from the 1980’s to the present day.
The events for Tate Exchange will be looking at the relationships between organisations like 198 and other institutions, both inside and outside of the arts, to explore how collaboration and exchange has assisted in shaping the development of 198, and the potential of this for the future. These will include artist talks querying the relevance of the term ‘black art’, performance installations as part of Memex, a Possible Futures symposium considering the potential future of the arts at such politically critical times, an event for emerging curators and an event exploring young artists, creativity and collectivity.
Practically, Possible Futures has been developed around co-learning and the dialogical practice of sharing. The programme has been developed through exchange tactics, between age groups, between professional levels, between levels of education and between art knowledge. It will create spaces of non-hierarchical live research, providing opportunities for artists and guests to have open exchanges and conversations. Exchange is key as we develop thinking on where we are going and with whom.