Tate Britain will be staging two unique events this month. On 23 June visitors will be able to enjoy live music – including two grand pianos – performed in response to Cerith Wyn Evans' neon light installation, then on 24 June the galleries will host a day long festival to launch Pride in London 2017.


Friday 23 June 2017, 15.30 – 19.30

This special programme of music events has been devised by the internationally recognised pianist Mark Knoop especially for the space of Cerith Wyn Evans’ Duveen gallery light sculpture.

A free afternoon performance will feature Refrain by Karlheinz Stockhausen, in which sparkling percussive sounds are blended in a ritualised performance, and Enno Poppe’s Rad, which creates swirling textures at dizzying velocity using two microtonally tuned electric keyboards.

That evening, a ticketed event will combine music and sculpture to create a unique experience for the public to walk into and around. Knoop and Philip Thomas will play John Cage’s Two². This large-scale musical work for two grand pianos fills the gallery with unexpected resonances, inhabiting the unique acoustics of the long Duveen gallery.

Cerith Wyn Evans Forms in Space... by Light (in Time) 2016, Courtesy the artist and White Cube, © Cerith Wyn Evans, Photo- © Tate (Joe Humphrys)​

Cerith Wyn Evans Forms in Space… by Light (in Time) 2016, Courtesy the artist and White Cube, © Cerith Wyn Evans, Photo- © Tate (Joe Humphrys)​


Saturday 24 June 2017, 14.00 – 22.00

This celebration of the LGBTQ+ community marks the official launch of Pride in London 2017, coinciding with Tate Britain’s exhibition Queer British Art 1861-1967.

A day-long programme of free events invites people of all ages and identities to engage in a host of live performances, talks, tours, music, film and dance with artists rooted in the UK's queer community. The event kicks off the two-week festival which culminates in the annual Pride parade, where Tate will have a float.

Visitors will be able to explore Tate Britain’s landmark exhibition through music and lip syncing with artist Paul Maheke, learn to vogue with Jay Jay Revlon, dance to DJ sets from Sink the Pink and DJ Ritu and enjoy a special selection of rarely seen films and documentaries from the BFI national archive. There will also be a host of LGBTQ+ speakers, drop-in family-friendly activities for all ages, craft stalls from Etsy and Bar Wotever’s Queer Fayre, local food, music, dancing and more.

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