Tate (no working title project) 2016



Information on the project:


The ‘No Working Title’ project was created and is run by Natasha Kidd and Jo Addison. The project is about an exchange of instructions between students to provoke a creative outcome. I applied to be become a part of this project. Seeing it as a great opportunity to push my practice in a different direction, the possibilities for this project were so broad.

Once submitting my application there was a process of waiting to hear if I had got a place on this project, after I had been selected for the project, contact details of my partner were given to me. We had to create a set of instructions for one another and create something in response. The instructions that I sent were based on what I was currently working on in my studio, I was painting at the time and wanted my instruction to inform my practice. The instruction I send were six points of processes I go through when creating a painting:

  1. Immerse yourself in nature

  2. Involve rich colour

  3. Apply generously

  4. Stand back

  5. Add and extract where you see fit

  6. Document everything


I was very intrigued not knowing what kind of artist my partner was what the response to my instructions would be. When I received my instructions, I found it hard to find any correlation to all the points, which made it extremely hard to know what to create in response. I concluded that it could be some kind of riddle, description of some sort or a journey. After studying my instructions, I decided I couldn’t just make one response this lead to me making four outcomes. I jumped straight in and started developing my ideas. A painting.  A mix media collage, a stitch piece and a written piece.

On 27th of June, thirty selected students and I, from three different universities came together at the Tate Modern, Bankside. We had to find our partner, in silence, from a description they had told us. Once we had found our partner, still without talking, we sat opposite each other. There was a huge amount of suspense in the room. When we were told we could talk, the whole room instantly filled with lively chatter. Of course, everyone had hundreds of questions. After discussing more about ourselves, we made our way over and unveiled each other’s work. I was so suspired by my partner’s interpretation and response to my instructions. She was a photographer from Winchester University and despite the different styles there were similarities in our work such as colour. The main difference between the two of us was how we had come up with our instructions. When creating mine, a huge amount of time was spent on how my partner would interpret them, where as compared to my partner who said when writing her instructions for me she ‘didn't have any ideas about what I could create in response, I didn't give it much thought'. 


In the afternoon we set up our work as part of ‘Late Tate’. The decisions about where everyone’s work would stand, hang or be projected was casual and spontaneous, wanting us to be experimental with composition. I chose to exhibit my two paintings alongside my documentation/development pieces.

Being a part of this project is one of the highlights of this year for me. It was an experience where we were pushed out of our comfort zones. It was so beneficial meeting other studying artist, spending the day with like-minded people. It being held at the Tate Modern was just amazing. The amount of people coming through the door was overwhelming and made the day unforgettable.