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The Squash, Tate Britain

A fun and exciting competition to combine with Anthea Hamilton's exhibition 'The Squash' in 2018.

James worked as part of the team at Bowles & Wyer to produce conceptual ideas and narrative to relate to the exhibition, designing interactive public art spaces at the entrance to Tate Britain.  

We were proud to have been shortlisted to design and install our entry, but were sadly pipped at the post and just missed out.

As with most competitions like this, it was a great way to get the team working creatively on something we perhaps wouldn't normally have taken on.

The key design features revolved around a field of Kimono clad scarecrows guarding a plot of seeds, representing squash seeds.  A great area of a selfie and opportunities to create your own Kimono!

On the opposite side of the gallery, a series of seed shaped raised beds and benches offered space for community groups and school children to experiment with growing produce.


Anthea Hamilton's installation - A solo performer in a squash-like costume inhabits the Duveen Galleries every day for more than six months for the Tate Britain Commission 2018. Each element of The Squash has evolved from Hamilton's interest in a photograph she found in a book several years ago when looking at improvisational theatre and participatory art practices in the 1960s and 1970s. It showed a person dressed as what looks like a vegetable lying among vines 

This competition was undertaken at Bowles & Wyer

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