1. The Curse of the Lady of Shalott
‘The Lady of Shalott’ was painted by John William Waterhouse in 1888.
This is one of three paintings that the artist based on a poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson. The poem tells the story of a woman who is cursed.
The story is set in the times of King Arthur and the city of Camelot. The Lady is isolated alone in a tower. She is forbidden to leave. She can only see the outside world through the reflection in a mirror.
The Lady longs for love. She glimpses the handsome knight Lancelot in the mirror. Her curse is fulfilled…
2. Nameless and Friendless
‘Nameless and Friendless‘ was painted by Emily Mary Osborn in 1857.
The painting shows a single woman trying to earn a living as an artist in Victorian England.
Working in a trade traditionally occupied by men, she becomes nameless and friendless.
The artist, Osborn, was actively involved in the campaign for women’s rights during the mid-19th century. She was supported by wealthy patrons, including Queen Victoria.
She used her position of power to help women like those shown in her paintings.
3. The Story of Babel
Listen and watch an in-depth audio description of Babel, by Cildo Meireles.
Hear a detailed description of the artwork,
descriptions of the colours,
sounds and forms in the artwork,
and how the artist made the work.
4. Dancing to Art
Corali are a leader in dance created by artists with a learning disability.
Corali have worked with Tate since 1998. They are experts in creatively taking up space in the Tate galleries.
Tate invited Paul, Sherri, Bethan and Dj from Corali to design performances in response to four artworks at Tate Britain.
Tate wanted to show what happens when people have the freedom to enjoy the gallery however they want.
Tate wanted to show how this can open up new ways of responding to art.