Tate Britain

An Artistic Uncoupling of Tile

Matt Greenwood Copyright 2018

Tate Britain

1,300m2 of Schlüter-DITRA 25 uncoupling membrane ensured a crack-free finish for the tile within 2016 Turner Prize nominee Anthea Hamilton’s 2018 commission for the prestigious Duveen Galleries.

One British artist a year is invited to produce a new work for the signature space, which constitutes the heart of one of the UK’s most famous art galleries. Hamilton’s response, entitled ‘The Squash’, combined performance and sculpture in an immersive experience.

The installation involved tiling the length of the Duveen Galleries. Contacted by curator Linsey Young, Schlüter donated its market-leading uncoupling membrane for use beneath the white tiles laid above the galleries’ terrazzo floor. The Schlüter-DITRA 25 was installed and tiled over the days and weeks in the run-up to the exhibition opening on 22nd March 2018. Creating a striking contrast with Tate Britain’s neo-classical architecture, the commissioned work remained in situ until 7th October 2018, following a 6-month run.

One performer per day took to the tiles from 10am-6pm, clad in their choice of one of seven costumes designed by Jonathan Anderson, Creative Director of luxury clothing and accessory brand, Loewe. All were inspired by different types of squash and pumpkins, taking their lead from Hamilton’s initial source of inspiration for the commission: a 1960 photograph that she discovered several years before the exhibition was commissioned, capturing a scene from a dance by American choreographer, Erick Hawkins.

The project marked Schlüter-Systems’ second involvement with Tate Britain; in 2011, the company was engaged as part of a £45 million renovation of the Grade II listed Millbank building, led by architecture firm Caruso St John. The renovation involved the creation of new education and events rooms, including the art gallery’s Djanogly café and opened in November 2013.

DITRA 25 was again utilised, on this occasion for uncoupling provision beneath agglomerate stone or unglazed porcelain floor tiles, dependent on the rooms and areas in question. Cement-free tile backerboard, Schlüter-KERDI-BOARD, can be found supporting wall tiling in the WCs and kitchens; Schlüter-DILEX movement joints, in a number of variants, can be seen within the floors and walls of these areas, helping to maintain crack-free coverings.

Whether supporting a renowned artist through sponsorship or providing solutions for permanent features, Schlüter-Systems is delighted to play a role in the endeavours of Tate Britain.

For more information on how Schlüter-Systems can help with your tile and stone projects, call 01530 813396 or email pr@schluter.co.uk.

Copyright Seraphina Neville

Copyright Seraphina Neville

Copyright Seraphina Neville

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