Tate Liverpool: FrenchMottershead event

FrenchMottershead – Club Class

Tate Liverpool – 11 November 2006

What are the rules and rituals of a visit to Tate Liverpool?
How do we behave in an art gallery?
What happens when our behaviour is subtly changed?

Club Class is a performance experience especially created by artists FrenchMottershead (Rebecca French and Andrew Mottershead) as part of Tate’s contribution to the Liverpool Biennial. It invites participants to explore the unwritten rules that govern how we conduct ourselves when visiting the gallery.

Participants choose to attend one of four micro-classes, where they devise a personalised performance transforming the way they look, feel or behave. The work then offers a social arena in which to play out their performance. Led by experts, the micro-classes cover bad behaviour, clothing, surveillance and body language.

A wry comment on the cultural capital of personal development and the relationship between art, performance and everyday life, Club Class offers the opportunity to perform in a unique artwork, to subtly alter normal behaviour and to see what it’s like to be different.


The process will be playful and engaging, encouraging awareness of self and of others with simple, disarming tactics and no small amount of charm. Participants will explore the social rituals of Tate Liverpool and look at their own behaviour and alter it, just for a short while.

Club Class at Tate Liverpool Saturday 11 November 2006, 13.00-17.00
TO PARTICIPATE: £10 (£8 conc), contact jean.tormey@tate.org.uk | 0151 702 7400.

Club Class was piloted over three nights during June 2005 at London’s Great Eastern Hotel, with the support of Arts Council England through New Work Network’s Networked Bodies scheme. It was presented at Tate Modern in October 2006 and will be presented at ICA, London on 24 February 2007.

The events have been made possible with financial assistance from:
Arts Council England
Tate Modern
Tate Liverpool