Millennial, right?

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Tate Modern will be marking its tenth year in May.
Brittle Bright Morning

It is actually not surprising when you think about it: Tate Modern was opened in 2000 as one of London’s Millennial projects. None the less it seems odd that it’s ten years old. In part, it feels like it can’t really have been open that long, surely? And in part, it seems so strongly a part of London that it seems to have been around for far longer. When it was first announced, I was disappointed that it was rescuing Bankside power station instead of the more iconic Battersea. But in the decade since “oh, let’s just go for a wander along the South Bank to the Tate” has become a familiar phrase, and one of my favourite ways to pass a sunny Sunday in That London. Tate Modern has become as iconic as the other popular Millennial project, the Wheel.

I’ve mentioned how my love of the galleries, and my magpie-like urge to collate things, combined to create the Tate Galleries flickr group before. This week, after running it for five years, I finally got an email from the Tate itself. It was not telling me to stop it. Instead it was inviting me to join the 10 Years of Tate Modern group and to spread the word via my group.

They’re after people’s ten best photos of the gallery, which will then be fed onto their site. Photos submitted before 16 April may also be picked to appear in a Tate at 10 film that’ll shown on their site.

I’m a fan of museums engaging online. Tate did this with How We Are back in 2007 and hold Flickr-based parties. So I’m really pleased to see them intergrating it into their Tate Modern celebrations: Bankside and Flickr have evolved together over the last decade so it makes sense to enjoy that connection.

If you’ve photos of Tate Modern you’d like to add to the party, it’s at 10 Years of Tate Modern.

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