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Seymour Art host event at Tate Britain

Seymour Art Collective at the BP Saturdays live art event at Tate Britain.

Seymour Art Collective, a group of artists who are or have been homeless, staged a one-day ‘mobile studio’ at Tate Britain on Saturday 22 October, enabling visitors to the leading London art gallery to view their art and watch them work. Seymour Art Collective was formed just over three years ago at a City of Westminster College art course run with West London Day Centre, and this is the fourth major exhibition/event they have organised. Around 15 members led the event, which was part of the BP Saturdays: Going Public initiative, and they welcomed around 80 visitors.

Former West London Day Centre client Ismail Ail, who now assists the Collective in promoting their work, says: “Despite all the day-to-day challenges that homelessness presents, the Collective have displayed real determination in holding on to their dream of making and displaying art. This event gave the group a chance to meet a wide range of people who love art - it is fantastic to see them finding an appreciative audience at such a high-profile venue.”

City of Westminster College Tutor Sam Curtis adds: “We’re delighted that Seymour Art Collective is going from strength to strength. The group was offered this opportunity after their successful residence at The Showroom and the fee that they have earned gives them funds to invest in future activities.

“Tate Britain have also told us that there was excellent feedback from visitors, who said that it was a privilege to meet the artists and talk to them while they were working.”

Ranging in age from their 30s to their 80s, Seymour Art Collective’s extraordinary life experiences and unique perspectives are reflected in their art, which includes collages, portraits, photographs, films and watercolour postcards detailing life on the open road. You can read more about the Collective and view some of their work at​​