University project exploring class and marginalisation at Tate Modern

06 April 2017

The Politics and International Relations programme at Canterbury Christ Church University has collaborated with local organisations and schoolchildren to curate and present a live art intervention at the Tate Modern this month.

Along with the Live Arts Development Agency (LADA), London, the University of Kent, Astor College, Valley Kids, Wales, People United, Kent and the Whitstable Biennale, the University has curated Waste Not, Want Not.

Waste Not, Want Not is a live art intervention representing a fairground of art, politics and ideas exploring communities, class and marginalisation. Curated as part of the Tate Exchange programme, the intervention will be live at the Tate Modern from Wednesday 12 April to Saturday 15 April 2017.

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. The component parts of these traditional fairgrounds have been updated in a playful and subversive fashion, transforming them to give a thoroughly contemporary twist on this medieval space of exchange.

Dr David Bates, Director of the School of Politics and International Relations at Canterbury Christ Church University, said:

“It is great pleasure 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 has worked 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’. Kelly said: 

"This project has challenged the amazingly talented young people to develop politicised and clever responses to class identity politics. I am extremely proud of their achievements, and it has been a pleasure working with David Bates and the team at Christ Church."

Deputy Director of Art and Design at Astor College, June Bates, said:

“Our contribution Waste Not, Want Not is vibrant, creative and importantly challenging. Our students have created work, which they can be really proud of. The experience has been transformative.” 

Canterbury Christ Church University became an Associate of the Tate Exchange Associates Programme in January, aiming to change the way institutions work together and illuminate the value of art to society.

A total of 53 organisations from the arts, education, health and the charitable sectors are involved in the Tate Exchange programme, 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.

Notes to Editor

Waste Not, Want Not

The Fairground at Tate Exchange will be open to the public from Wednesday 12 – 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:  

Read the press release announcing the University’s role as an Associate, from January 2017.

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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.

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