Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Twenty For Harper Road is opening on Friday!

After a lot of hard work and late nights in preparation, Twenty For Harper Road is ready to open on Friday 2/4!

Our aim is to work as a project space where young artists have the freedom to take over the space (a disused travel agents) and run workshops and events for other young art enthusiasts. We are working with over 20 artists, architects, musicians and performers to deliver 20 amazing projects- we hope that our eclectic schedule holds something for everyone!

The project is extremely exciting for us for many reasons: it is the first time that Tate Modern has set up an offsite project space and it is the first time that Raw Canvas (the young people's collective at TM) has been given an independent platform to program workshops from. We have previously worked lots in the gallery space, the Turbine Hall and the cafe but this has been our chance to find our own space, design and build it, and fill it with things that we think are important.

Not only do we have a full-on schedule of brilliant activities run by a great group of artists, our space also holds a library with contemporary art magazines and books, free tea, coffee and biscuits on tap and a multitude of practical resources (pens, pritt sticks and the like).

So it's a project space which will be used for workshops, film screenings, talks and peer-mentoring sessions, and it's also a gallery, a cafe, a library and a space to access an archive of activity. These are all things we think are important to the idea of a 'gallery youth program' and so we've tried to gather them all together in one place!

So forgive us if there are some hiccups along the way- it's an experiment for us and we're trying our best to make it work!

It is important for us that all of our events are peer-led, to create a democratic space where we can make, talk and think about artwork. And we've tried to be experimental with our programming and not restrict our workshops to a single type of 'artistic practice'- our events concern everything from performance, food, film, music and board games to moustaches! Most importantly, all our events are FREE!

We're open Wed-Sun 11-6 (except Easter Sunday when we're closed) and Friday nights we are open late until 9. Looking forward to seeing you there...



24 Harper Road, Borough, London SE1 6AD

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