Join us from Thursday the 25th to Sunday the 28th July 2019 at Tate Exchange and explore how Civic Action helps develop new skills and strategies to affect changes in our city. We will transform the floor of Tate Exchange into a public classroom, bringing together activists and practitioners engaged in civic movements. Prototyping a collective education platform for civic action.

This event is programmed by public works, a Tate Exchange Associate, and supported by their collaborators: Just Space, Peckham Vision, Arts Catalyst, 30 Bird, Edible Rotherhithe, MA Design for Cultural Commons at London Metropolitan University, Women’s Environmental Network, Commune Festival, Extinction Rebellion, Grove Adventure Playground, Sunny Jar Eco Hub, the British Bryology Society, University of East London, Kings College London, Southwark Council, and the London School of Mosaic.

TRADA via their University Engagement Programme facilitated the supply of timber to the R-Urban, Poplar ‘Performing Togetherness’ summer workshop. SCA provided Swedish softwood via distributor Huws Gray Ridgeons. Reclaimed timber used includes redwood and Balau supplied by Champion Timber to the Momentto installation for London Festival of Architecture, at Oxo Tower Wharf.

25th - 28th July 2019, 12-6PM,
Tate Exchange
Level 5, Blavatnik Building, Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG


The Pasta Ceiling
We will be making pasta every day for the duration of the residency at Tate Exchange. The pasta will be kneaded, chilled, extruded, rolled and stretched every day from 12 noon until 2 pm. The pasta will be left hanging and drying on the pasta ceiling for the rest of the day. Some days it will be cooked and eaten at the end of the afternoon, some other days it will remain to dry until the day after. The pasta will be cooked and served with different sauces created every day as a response to the theme of the day.


Walking Words, with Surrey Square Primary School (3-5pm)
Poetry performance with 7 primary school children. The children will read poetry they have written about their perception of nature within the city. The performance will be attended by their friends and family

Making Play, with Grove Adventure Playground, Loughborough Junction (12-2pm)
Cardboard playground making and sign making to demonstrate the value of play space in the city with members of Grove Adventure Playground in Loughborough Junction.

Mosaic Workshop, with the London School of Mosaic (12-5pm)
The mosaic workshop will see the development of a mosaic piece especially designed for the occasion, together with the completion of a number of mosaics which have been started at London School of Mosaic and will travel to Tate for this occasion. Participants can get hands-on with the mosaic and be introduced to this beautiful form of art by students and teachers from LSoM. There will also be a talk from Art Historian Dr Will Wootton and David Tootill about the history of mosaic in art. To conclude the Mosaic workshops, we will collectively produce a mosaic made of jelly! This workshop will run between 3-4pm and is free, open and on a drop-in basis. The jelly we will use will be vegan and halal. Families with children are welcome to join.

• FRIDAY 26TH JULY 2019 •

Bridging Divides: Building, Maintaining and Moving Forward Mutually Beneficial Relationships for Social Change and Social Justice with Just Space (11am-4pm)
An exciting workshop programme has been organised by Just Space, a London-wide community network, in partnership with University College London (UCL). This is part of a project exploring how Universities and Community Groups in London can have a greater impact through active, mutually beneficial collaborations and partnerships.

Commune Festival (all day)
COMMUNE is a new micro-festival of art, ecology and community action, exploring the Commons through a performative lens enacting a Tangible Eutopia, a place of ideal well-being. Co-designed by Common Unity the Makeshift Commons Project, workshops and performances include:

• An immersive dome installation by the Undergrowth Collective • Tangible Eutopia 'Plant', an installation and mapping workshop with Common Unity the Makeshift Commons Project. • Artist Lauren Baker hosts an interactive sound wave installation and invites you to take seeds to plant trees locally. In collaboration with One Tree Planted charity. (all day) • Commons song improvised performance, all welcome to join members of HAHA Collective and Musarc (12:10-12:30pm) • Dandelion Root Coffee brewing demonstration and sample with Daisy Newdick (12:30-1pm) • Craft and the commons with sustainable textile and fashion designer Alisa Ruzavina. An (1-1.45pm) • The Permaculture Revolution: Permablitz London with Susannah Hall: an introduction to permaculture principles (1.15-2pm) • The Third Demand with Extinction Rebellion: a guide to citizens assemblies and how to set one up. (2-3pm) • XR Performance Department present 'LUNG' air pollution participation piece. (3-3.30pm) • ‘Deep Fake’ Propaganda for Social Good with DEBUNK Collective: an interactive installation to code climate change demands using open source ‘deep fake’ technology (all day) • Long table open forum “What is the Climate Emergency and how can the commons offer solutions?” with members of Extinction Rebellion, Land Justice Network, Shared Assets, Public Works, and other commons practitioners, with food care of Olio, the food sharing revolution. (4pm-5pm) • Earth Rot with HAHA Sounds Collective and Daisy Dickinson: A thirty-strong ensemble of musicians and singers from Hackney, HAHA Sounds Collective presents David Axelrod’s 1970 environmental jazz epic ‘Earth Rot’. They are joined by filmmaker Daisy Dickenson, providing poignant, nature-inspired live visuals. (5-5.45pm)

Estate Agency with 30 Bird and public works (12pm-5pm)
Pop in to this imaginary estate agent created by 30 Bird and Public Works to browse the ‘gap sites’ – empty spaces between buildings - in the local area. Come and think creatively about what you’d do with these sites to consider how we can redefine public space in the city. See your ideas come to life in a live drawing session, calculate your cultural credit or sign-up for a tour of some local gap sites.


Air Quality Discussion with the Women’s Environmental Network (4-5pm)
The Women's Environmental Network are hosting a talk about their work developing an air quality network in tower hamlets, come learn, share and join the network.

Moss Brick Casting (2-3pm)
Liza Schneider, an MA Architecture student from Central Saint Martins will lead a workshop screen printing moss cells.

Allotment Rules (3-4pm)
Gardens from across London will translate R-Urban Poplar's allotment rules into different native languages of the gardens, as a celebration of the multiculturalism of gardening.

Moss Identification Workshop with the British Bryology Society (2-5pm)
During this workshop we will use microscopes and magnifying glasses to identify urban moss species. There will be some information about how moss can indicate the levels of pollution and reduce its effects.

Initiation to Low Waste Living with SunnyJar Eco Hub (2-5pm)
Join Maud and Linda, the co-founders of Sunny Jar Eco Hub, to find out what changes they have made to live low waste and how you can do it too.

Detox: Working for Cleaner Air Roundtable Discussion with Arts Catalyst, Bromley By Bow Centre and Extinction Rebellion (4-5pm)

Moss Dinner (6-9pm)
A dinner designed to initiate a conversation around air quality in London. All the guests are air quality experts or members of public institutions, organisations, researchers and municipalities currently working or developing research on how to reduce air pollution in London. The dinner will be discursive, involving a series of presentations by a number of guests and the food will be moss inspired.

The Lore of Blackfriars 12-5pm
is a temporary art project in Southwark for the area covered by Queensborough and Scovell TRA and the Peabody’s Blackfriars estate. The project connects different initiatives and neighbours in the area, to share skills and knowledge and find shared and common values. With the aim to develop Blackfriars curriculum, which showcases the skills and knowledge held within the local community. If you have ideas for the curriculum or are curious to find out more, join us on the day at Tate Exchange. The project The Lore of Blackfriars is a public art commission by Southwark Council. Curated by Aldo Rinaldi and delivered by public works as part of the School for Civic Action.



The School for Civic Action programme at Tate Exchange will end with a discursive meal curated by this year 'Performing Togetherness' Summer School cohort. The food preparation process will establish a timeline and the format will follow 10 min individual presentations held by invited speakers, each one following key preparation steps, in the making of Gnocchi Relay. The presentations will frame our final conversation around the topic of togetherness, which will take place while we enjoy the Gnocchi Feast.

Speakers include Benjanim Perrot from El Warcha and Gaia Crocella from Interdine

Please RSVP by Saturday via email: