Performances at Tate Modern will explore the meaning of movement

28 May 2019

The Politics and International Relations programme at Canterbury Christ Church University and sixth form students from Astor College, Dover, will present a live art intervention: MOVEMENT² at the Tate Modern later this month.

The art project is curated as part of the Tate Exchange Programme, in partnership with Associates People United and Valley Kids.

Each year the programme explores a theme with a Lead Artist to spark debate and engage with issues that matter in today’s world. This year Tate Exchange is collaborating with artist Tania Bruguera, to ignite questions and exploration of movement in its many forms.  

Through a series of interactive performances, pop up protests, storytelling and creative workshops, participants will explore the political and psychological effects of the journey of movement; arriving, staying, leaving and sometimes escaping, our memories and associations with space and how this leads to our sense of longing and belonging.   


Led by Professor David Bates, Director of Politics and International Relations, the Tate Exchange project builds on research developed by the University’s Activism Research Network, providing the chance for young people to take creative agency, enabling them to become both the artist and activist. The project works with young people from socially marginalised communities in Kent and Wales to discuss socio-political themes and respond through creating provocative pieces of performance and live art, to address the issues that affect them with a wider public audience. This inclusive space uses art as a conduit for political engagement and positive change and is underpinned by its grassroots approach, asking: who can access the arts? 

Professor Bates said: “We are delighted to work closely with Tate Exchange 2019. This is an exciting, interesting and urgent project. Our partners at Astor College Dover have put into practice the work of our Activism Research Network. In doing this, they have challenged us to think our ideas in a new way.”


MOVEMENT² at the Tate Exchange will be open to the public on: 

29 MAY 2019 AT 12.00–18.00 

30 MAY 2019 AT 12.00–18.00 

31 MAY 2019 AT 12.00–18.00 

For more details visit the Tate Modern website here.           

Notes to editor

Canterbury Christ Church University: Politics and International Relations 

Canterbury Christ Church University is strongly committed to transforming individuals, enriching communities and building a sustainable future. The University’s research on political activism seeks to bring together researchers and activists, ideas and action, in order to inform progressive forms of political mobilisation. Our student-focused curriculum provides the opportunity not only for academic engagement but also for applying knowledge to real world challenges. To this extent, our philosophy is one of not only understanding the world, but also changing it.  

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Astor College 

Astor College is one of the country's leading Arts Colleges, with the vision to offer a range of opportunities that stretch, challenge and develop resilience for every student. At Astor they place every student in a position where they are afforded choices through their lives, unconstrained by the expectations of others, by their own ambitions, and by external requirements and boundaries. The visual arts are treasured at Astor - this work extends throughout the College environment, the local community and internationally. 

Tate Exchange Programme Associates 

The goal of Tate Exchange is for us to work with others in order to generate new perspectives, provoke debate, stimulate creativity and create new collaborations. 

To achieve this, Tate Exchange is a platform for over 60 Associates from the UK and around the world, who explore in different ways the impact and social value of art. These Associates include arts and culture organisations, and charities to universities, healthcare trusts to community groups working within and beyond the arts. Their participatory programme of artist responses, workshops, activities and debates takes place throughout the year and they bring a collective programme that is brave, risk-taking, and fosters new thinking on the museum. Location: Bankside, London SE1 9TG 

People United 

People United is an innovative arts charity that explores how the arts and creativity can grow kindness, empathy and a sense of common humanity. We work with artist, academics and activists to explore the potential of the arts in making a difference in the world. Working in schools, communities, festivals, hospitals, parks, streets, care homes and major cultural venues, we use our projects as a catalyst for kindness. 

Valleys Kids 

Valleys Kids is a community development organisation based in the South Wales valleys. Working with some of the most marginalised communities in Europe, Valleys Kids is about changing lives for the better. The organisation has a rich 40-year-old history of developing innovative projects in youth and family work drawing especially on play and art. 




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Last edited: 31/05/2019 09:49:00