Explore the world of Frank Bowling

Inspired by one of the great British abstract expressionists, Frank Bowling, we look at the word ‘Passage’. Passage of music, poetry, the passage we take from A to B or in the terms ‘right of passage’. Curated by the Tate Collective Producers and the Bowling family, join us for an evening of interactive workshops, discussions and performances, looking at the significance of Frank Bowling’s own life passage.

MUSIC

#SNC100 present Black Top in conversation & LIVE!

1840’s Gallery
18.00 – 19.30

Pat Thomas and Orphy Robinson have roots in Antigua & Jamaica respectively. Their improvised adventures have sparked collaborations with Marshall Allen (Sun Ra), Jamaldeen Tacuma (Ornette Coleman) and Heiroglyphic Being.

EXPLORE

The Huckster’s Route

18.00 – 21.00

Follow Frank’s journey as a huckster along the South American coastline. Digital artist Gary Stewart will be abstracting footage of this journey to accompany live music performances.

Tate Photography 2019 Matt Greenwood

WORKSHOP

Patch your Passage

18.00 – 21.00

In response to Frank’s wife Rachel Scott who’s sewn her own vibrant clothes for decades, join artist Eleanor McDonald in adding a patch that represents your passage to the collaborative quilt.

MUSIC

Doc Browling and his Blues Professors

20.00 – 21.15

Jazz and Blues have been a constant inspiration for Frank when creating his paintings. Gain some insight into Frank’s mind with very special music performances from Doc Bowling and his Blues Professors featuring Johannes Bowling.

FILM

Frank through the Ages

Duffield Room
18.00 – 21.30

Enjoy this rare archive footage of Frank in his studio in New York City, touching on his experiences in the big apple as well as his Guyanese heritage.

WORKSHOP

Paint Your Face Away

Taylor Digital Studio
18.00-21.00

Join digital artist Shinji Toya in a drop-in digital face painting session to learn about facial recognition, the data economy of faces and the limitations of computer vision and AI. Create your own profile picture with the digital painting tool inspired by Frank Bowling’s painting style to explore how this process can obfuscate face detection technologies.

WORKSHOP

Expressions of Paint

19.00 – 21.00

Frank Bowling was renowned for pushing the boundaries of paint and the way an artist uses it. Direct the Tate Collective Producers to create a new collaborative abstract artwork.

WORKSHOP

Capturing Light

18.00 – 21.30

Throughout the history of painting capturing light has always been key, including in Bowling’s work. Get involved in a collage workshop surrounded by one of the masters of light, JMW Turner.

FILM

Frank Bowling’s Abstract World

Auditorium
18.00 – 21.00

Brenda Emmanus meets abstract artist Frank Bowling, who became the first black Royal Academician in 2005, to coincide with a major retrospective of his work at Tate Britain. (Copy from BBC Website)

FILM

How-to Paint like Frank Bowling

18.00 – 21.00

Tate made film looking at the painting techniques of Frank Bowling.

MUSIC

Reprezent Radio Presents…

Outside the Djanogly Cafe
18.00 – 21.30

Join the voice of young London Reprezent radio and special guests for the sound of the underground.

EXPLORE

See an Artwork Come to Life

Across the gallery

Look out for an Instagram Nametag next to eight artworks throughout the gallery and use your phone to unlock stories and experience the works in a whole new way.

Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG

Date & Time

2 August 2019 at 18.00–21.30

Main image: Richard Eaton