In Pictures: Tate Modern's 10th Birthday celebrations

By Kirstie Brewer | 13 May 2010
A photo of children following a carnival dressed in white and purple masquerade dress while brandishing guitars

To celebrate Tate Modern's 10th anniversary milestone, 150 local schoolchildren and some colourful characters from the London School of Samba led a birthday procession along the iconic gallery's riverbank home.

The flamboyant parade kicked off when Southwark Cathedral's bells rang 10 times to mark the momentous occasion.

A photo of a man in a suit cutting a cake in front of a crowd

Nicholas Serota turns his hand to cake-cutting

Excitedly waving flags and dancing, the children marched into the building’s Turbine Hall, where a special cake-cutting ceremony with Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota and a host of high profile artists awaited them.

Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Paul Smith and Yinka Shonibare were among those leading a raucous rendition of happy birthday as Sir Nicholas cut the Tate Modern-shaped cake and dished it out for all to enjoy.

A photo of drum beaters in white and green uniforms walking along a riverbank

Serota promises a bright future for Tate Modern, which is at the centre of £215 million expansion plans.

"There will be big developments here, just as there have been in the last 10 years," he explained, revealing that a new building will be added to the existing one alongside greater investment in performance art and photography.

A photo of a crowd of people and children standing in front of a large cake

"There are lots of young kids here and people who have come in this morning who have said 'Tate Modern changed my life', and I think it will continue to do so."

Tracey Emin tucked into a stack of gingerbread men (below), specially designed to symbolise the 45 million national and international visitors to the gallery.

A photo of a young woman in sunglasses holding up two gingerbread men

Her thoughts turned to the children surrounding her, speculating on the impact the Tate’s art might have on their impressionable young minds.

"If you're very young and art is ingrained in your heart it means the world is going to be a better place," she gushed.

A photo of a group of people and young children standing in front of a cake

"It's a really good thing for sensibility, awareness, passion, sex – everything.

"Art can absolutely change the world. Tate Modern is like a giant cathedral for art – it's like a new religion and it’s beautiful."

Images © Kayleigh Angus

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