Tate Exchange programme announces University as an Associate

31 January 2017

Canterbury Christ Church University is thrilled to be announced as an Associate of the Tate Exchange Associates Programme, changing the way institutions work together and illuminating the value of art to society.

A total of 53 organisations from the arts, education, health and the charitable sectors are involved in the programme and have been named as Associates, joining together and inviting the public to discuss and explore current issues, such as homelessness, migration, mental health and identity, testing ideas and perspectives through art.

The University is collaborating with live artist Kelly Green, the Live Arts Development Agency (LADA), London, the University of Kent, Astor College, Valley Kids, Wales, People United, Kent and the Whitstable Biennale to bring ‘Fairground’ to Tate Exchange at Tate Modern in April.

Fairgrounds were medieval sites of exchange that enabled traders to buy and sell their goods but that also drew together diverse populations in carnival, excess and play. We will update the component parts of these traditional fairgrounds in a playful and subversive fashion, and transform them to give a thoroughly contemporary twist on this medieval space of exchange.

As part of this Fairground, the University is curating Waste Not, Want Not, a live art intervention playfully representing a fairground of art, politics and ideas exploring communities, class and marginalisation. Waste Not, Want Not is taking place at both the Sidney Cooper Gallery, between 31 January and 11 February, and the Tate Modern between 10 and 15 April 2017.

Dr David Bates, Director of the School of Politics and International Relations at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “We are delighted to work with the Tate Exchange Associates Programme, and the fantastic live artist Kelly Green, to bring together a project which opens up elite gallery spaces to people who do not often get the opportunity. These are people with big ideas and a lot to say. The Politics and International Relations Programme at Canterbury Christ Church University is proud to be part of this cutting-edge project.”

Kelly Green will collaborate with young people from Astor College and Valley Kids in experimentally deconstructing common ideas of class, the deserving and undeserving poor, and challenging society’s ideologies of ‘waste’.

Anna Cutler, Tate’s Director of Learning, said: “Tate Exchange marks a shift in the relationship with our visitors. This is an exchange between what the public brings and what we bring to the conversation. Our visitors carry their own culture with them and can use museums and galleries as creative spaces for exploring what that means. Using art in its many forms, the public and Tate Exchange Associates will shine a spotlight on the challenging issues facing the contemporary world.”

Notes to Editor

Waste Not, Want Not

The inaugural version of the Fairground will be open to the public at the Sidney Cooper Gallery, from Tuesday 31 January to Saturday 11 February, between 10.30am –5pm. Visit: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/arts-and-culture/event-details.aspx?instance=113203 for further details.

The Fairground at Tate Exchange will be open to the public from Tuesday 11 – Saturday 15 April, 12pm – 6pm on 11-13 April and 12pm – 8pm on the 14-15 April.

For full details of the Tate Exchange (TEx) programme, visit: tate.org.uk/tateexchange.  

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With 17,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 96% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2014/15 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

Tate Exchange


Tate Exchange is generously supported by:

Freelands Foundation

Freelands Foundation was set up in 2015 by Elisabeth Murdoch. The Foundation’s mission is to support artists and cultural institutions to broaden audiences for the visual arts and to enable all young people to engage actively with the creation and enjoyment of art.

Arts Council England
Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2015 and 2018, we plan to invest £1.1 billion of public money from government and an estimated £700 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. www.artscouncil.org.uk

Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Paul Hamlyn Foundation was established by Paul Hamlyn in 1987. Upon his death in 2001, he left most of his estate to the Foundation, creating one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK. Our mission is to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. We have a particular interest in supporting young people and a strong belief in the importance of the arts.www.phf.org.uk


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