Celebrating 10 years at Tate Modern: Culture24 on the road as Museums at Night 2010 sparkles

By Mark Sheerin | 15 May 2010
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(Above) The crowd enjoy the celebrations at Tate

Culture24 reporters have been hitting the road this weekend to report on Museums at Night events right across the UK. Mark Sheerin takes a look at the Tate at Ten celebrations...

No animals. No nudity. No feeding the customers. Apart from that almost anything went at No Soul For Sale. Fifty non-profit art organisations from around the world were invited to set up a stall in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern. By the time dusk fell, the scene was a wonderfully confused mess.

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Setting up at Tate

They came from as far as Vietnam and Columbia and from as near as Liverpool and Leeds. T-shirts and bags were hawked. Bookmarks and stickers were given away. Serious-minded literature was scattered to the four winds. And then there was the art - lots of it.

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Organisations from around the world took to the iconic building

On the ground floor bridge the lights were night-club low and drinks were being served. Crowds milled around a bouncy castle and a luxury car. The chatter was loud and multilingual. The statement haircuts and fashion choices were coming into their own.

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Martin Creed and band rock out onstage

Music boomed up from the stage at the foot of the entrance ramp. Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed played a set of conceptual punk-rock numbers, then anti-folkster Jeffrey Lewis stepped up to sing five songs about the history of Western Civilisation.

Upstairs you could wander through the other floors and view the permanent collection. But tonight the art was competing with the music, which was competing with the bar, which competed with just taking in the nocturnal views. It all certainly beat a normal Friday night out.

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