Vital Arts

Tate Exchange: Tell us a Joke!


Tell us a Joke! 12pm – 6pm
Reading Jokes 6pm – 8pm

Tate Exchange
Tate Modern, Switch House, 5th floor
Bankside, London SE1 9TG




Taken from Proposals for the Royal London by Peter Liversidge

Like most Vital Arts projects, Peter Liversidge’s commission was born of a long engagement with the Royal London Hospital. Over the course of six weeks in 2012, he sifted through the hospital’s extensive archives, and wandered the dark corridors of the de-commissioned buildings, collecting abandoned materials–a book, carefully removed paint flakes, a box of keys, leaflet racks. Then, as is typical of Liversidge’s practice, he typed up a series of site-specific proposals, one of which is to publish a book of jokes to be circulated to patients. Since 2013, Vital Arts have been collecting jokes from patients and staff at the Royal London to be included in the hospital Joke Book.

Some of these jokes, as well as new ones collected from the public on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th March 2017 and will be read out to the public by a professional comedian at Tate Modern, Switch House, as part of Tate Exchange where Vital Arts is presenting a showcase of arts and health.



On the 4th and 5th March Vital Arts are presenting a showcase of ‘Arts in Health’ at Tate Modern, Switch House. We are inviting the public to join discussions, share experiences of arts in a hospital setting, and to consider how art, design and the clinical environment can affect recovery and overall wellbeing. We are also hosting artist-led workshops exploring: the complexity of brain functionality; creativity within the restrictions of a renal diet; various aspects of memory; and the possible role humour in the healing process.

Tate Exchange is a ground-breaking new programme from the Tate which will invite the public to come together with international artists and over fifty Associates annually to collaborate, test ideas and discover new perspectives on life, through art.