METRO Spark Tate Modern 2021

Last month, our METRO Spark LGBTQ+ youth group took part in a special interactive outing, including a trans history walking tour and amateur cartography workshop led by queer artist Brooke Palmieri in partnership with the Tate Modern.

During our outing, Brooke facilitated discussions in response to tour sites such as Crossbones Graveyard, Southwark Cathedral and the Clink. The tour ended with a zine-making workshop, where participants were invited to map the constellations of their own lives in relation to those of the past.

Nicola Jones, Croydon and Southwark LGBTQ+ Youth Lead said, "As part of a rich and varied programme, METRO Youth outings give young people the opportunity to engage with the world in new and affirming ways. Trips to cultural venues like the Tate Modern enable young LGBTQ+ people to access spaces they might not otherwise realise are open to them. Some of our youth group members feel unable to participate in mainstream activities or services that are not LGBTQ+ accessible, for example ensuring gender-neutral toilets will be available or that their identities will be respected. METRO Youth outings also give young LGBTQ+ people the chance to develop connections and form communities with other people like them across south east London and Medway. Coming together to celebrate our cultures, histories and diverse identities reinforces the message that young LGBTQ+ people have fundamental worth, are not alone, and that we have always existed."

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Beyond Boundaries is a collaboration between Tate Collective and Better Bankside, commissioning five new public artworks in Bankside made by five emerging young artists. Each artwork responded to lockdown and the easing of restrictions aiming to reconnect young people with each other, their local area and with art. By the works existing beyond the gallery walls, they hope to encourage those who may still feel anxious about restrictions lifting to enjoy outdoor artworks. The Tate Collective created three activations in response to the five public art commissions. Across these activations, they are providing resources and workshops for young people (specifically 16-25s) centring trans and non-binary histories.