On 19th October 2011, eighty Traveller families lost their 10 year legal battle for their homes. Dale Farm: The Eviction, from 5-9 June, at Tate Modern, explores this important event from the perspective of artists from different communities.
Artists from the Travelling community and elsewhere will present creative responses to the eviction, aiming to broaden the discussion about Dale Farm and acknowledge that not everyone backed or agreed with the eviction by the local authorities, which the UK government supported and in part financed. Against a backdrop of negative media coverage and social media attacks on Traveller communities, this event also aims to be therapeutic for the Traveller artists' and the community members impacted by the loss of their homes.
As well as visual art, performance, music and video, audiences will have the opportunity to view unique Traveller archival material from Grattan Puxon's archive together with artefacts from Dale Farm, removed at the time of the eviction.
This event is curated by Phien O'Reachtigan of Traveller-Art-Performance and Beverley Carpenter of Oblique Arts in association with Tate Exchange Associates 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning.
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