Dale Farm – The Eviction at Tate Exchange

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

Oblique Arts presented 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 with Phien O’Reachigan a 5 day event investigating 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, explored 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 aimed 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 had 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 was curated by Beverley Carpenter of Oblique Arts (artist curator and activist at Dale Farm) and Phien O’Reachtigan (also artist, curator and activist at Dale Farm), in association with Tate Exchange Associates 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning.

Pictures made by Buki from 198 CAL