Work / Film

Great short commissioned by the Tate to promote the wonderful British Folk Art exhibiton

“There’s nowt as queer as folk” begins this video created by Tate Britain to promote their spectacular exhibition, British Folk Art. The show has received critical acclaim for its curation, taking thousands of folkloric objects from the 1700s until now, and filtering them into a truly humbling exhibition that teaches you more about the underlying tone of our country than any history books ever will. From Morris Dancers to hen parties, and from leather Toby Jugs to tapestries woven by injured soldiers, these artefacts are a charming and often rather funny glimpse into what makes us all weird and British.

To celebrate the exhibition and its contents, Tate Britain sent directors James Pearson-Howes and Chris Read around the country to document some of the more curious rituals that take place all over Great Britain. This film is a montage of what they saw, and is even more of a testament to how rich and infinitely interesting this aspect of our history is, and will be forever.

British Folk Art is on show at Tate Britain until 31 August 2014

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James Pearson-Howes and Chris Read: British Folk Art

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James Pearson-Howes and Chris Read: British Folk Art

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James Pearson-Howes and Chris Read: British Folk Art

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James Pearson-Howes and Chris Read: British Folk Art