Dale Farm – The Eviction at Tate Exchange

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TATE EXCHANGE – DALE FARM – THE EVICTION

5th – 9th June 2019  
Tate Exchange, 5th Floor, Tate Modern, 53 Bankside, London SE1 9TG 
(Free)

Oblique Arts is pleased to present Dale Farm – The Eviction as part of 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning 2019 Associate programme at Tate Exchange, Tate Modern. During Gypsy, Roma and Traveller month in the UK we have partnered with 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning and Traveller-Art-Performance to create a 5 day event which investigates the eviction of Traveller families from Dale Farm.

On 19th October 2011 eighty Traveller families lost their 10 year legal battle for their homes. Dale Farm: The Eviction, 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 Beverley Carpenter of Oblique Arts (artist curator and activist at Dale Farm) and Phien O’Reachtigan of Traveller-Art-Performance (also artist, curator and activist at Dale Farm), in association with Tate Exchange Associates 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning.

WEDNESDAY 5TH JUNE 12PM – 6PM

12pm – Talk by Grattan Puxon.
A veteran campaigner for Traveller rights, Grattan Puxon has an extensive archive that is now housed at the Bishopsgate Institute. His archive material from the 10-year legal
struggle at Dale Farm forms part of the TEX installation.

12.30pm – Press tour
1pm – Discussion with Jacob Willis.
Jacob Willis was an activist present at Dale Farm and was arrested at the time of the
eviction. He will be speaking about his experience of this historic struggle where activists
and others stood alongside the Travellers of Dale Farm.

1.15pm – Phein O’Reachtigan. Dale Farm: The Eviction.
Phien O’Reachtigan was born into a Pavee Traveller family in England.  Following site
evictions, he became a community activist and advocate speaking at conferences and
demonstrations. Phien has contributed a collection of his artwork and artefacts retrieved
from the Dale Farm eviction site and has curated the work of the artists who will contribute to the project.

1.30pm – 2pm – Performance/ Roundtable.
A round table discussion will invite visitors to talk about Dale Farm and the legal struggles of Travellers around eviction taking inspiration from the Traveller women who in 2011 invited politicians to join them outside the High Court of Justice to negotiate rather than engage in a violent eviction.

2pm – Meet the curators and team.
The curators will speak about what led them to develop this project from the points of view of a Traveller and activist. As artists they will explore how art is able to convey a powerful message and open up discussion around the land rights of the Traveller community and the discrimination that they have faced over many generations.

2.30pm – Archive room tour of artefacts from The Grattan Puxon Archive and Bishopsgate Institute.

3pm – Schools/College visits.

4pm – Photo opportunity for general public on the Dale Farm barricades.

THURSDAY 6TH JUNE 12PM-6PM

12pm – Schools / college visits (talk, tour and activity). *
3pm – College visits. *
Singer ‘Moonview”; an eco-activist will perform a piece in response to his experience at Dale Farm in 2011.

FRIDAY 7TH JUNE 12PM-6PM

12pm Midday – Visitors and discussions (tbc).

1pm – Discussion about human rights with Marc Willers.
Human rights Lawyer, Marc Willers will speak about his experience of defending Travellers against discrimination in a number of successful legal struggles. Fundamental problems that Travellers’ face legally when planning laws and other agencies fail to recognise their rights as a unique ethnic minority will be discussed.

4pm – Dance Performance: Caterina Danzico, Emmanuel Ndefo, Kashish Gaba, Lucy
McMahon and Mike Turner-Lee A piece exploring the territory between politics, performance and audience in this work that utilises footage from the Dale Farm eviction and unique artefacts from the project space.

7pm – Opening event by invitation only.

SATURDAY 8TH JUNE 12PM-10PM

12pm – Performance/ Roundtable.
A round table discussion will invite visitors to talk about Dale Farm and the legal struggles of Travellers around eviction taking inspiration from the Traveller women who in 2011 invited politicians to join them outside the High Court of Justice to negotiate rather than engage in a violent eviction.

2pm – Dance Performance: Anna Kazaner, Emmanuel Ndefo, Kashish Gaba, Isabel Estevez, Lucy McMahon and Mike Turner-Lee, with music by Pavee Band.

3pm – Invited speaker – Legal/Press/discussion (tbc).

4pm – Archive room tour.

7pm – Performance.
Singer ‘Moonview’; an eco-activist will perform a piece in response to his experience at Dale Farm in 2011.

8pm – Music performance Pavee band.

SUNDAY 9TH JUNE 12PM-6PM

2pm – Performance/ Roundtable.
A round table discussion will invite visitors to talk about Dale Farm and the struggles of
Travellers around eviction taking inspiration from the Traveller women who in 2011 invited politicians to join them outside the High Court of Justice to negotiate rather than engage in a violent eviction.

3pm Dance Performance: Caterina Danzico, Emmanuel Ndefo, Kashish Gaba, Lucy McMahon and Mike Turner-Lee

3.30pm – College visits. *

4pm – Performance
Singer ‘Moonview’; an eco-activist will perform a piece in response to his experience at Dale Farm in 2011.

* For school, college or group visits please book by emailing mail@obliquearts.co.uk