Red Trouser Day offers you art lovers a special morning at the Tate Modern on the 13th November, in person, starting at 11.00am, followed by a meander through Borough Market. We are very fortunate to have secured the services of Art Historian, Julija Svetlova, who has a unique take on the stories that art tells. Given the restrictions still in place at the Tate, we have only 20 places and have been allocated a specific time slot – so book early to secure your place.

The whole event will take about 2 hours 30 minutes, as Julija guides us round the Tate for a couple of hours, then introduces us to some of the culinary delights of Borough Market, so you will be a wise art interpreter and have the chance to enjoy some of Borough Market’s finest offerings – all within 3 hours. To book in please make a donation Click Here


This is Julija’s invitation to you:

Julija Svetlova is a photographer with a passion for art history and storytelling. It is this that lead her to embark on a MA in History of Art with Photography, during which she also trained as a Tate Guide, and worked as an assistant researcher at Tate’s Collection Research Department.

More than this, Julija’s thesis was about one of Tate’s exhibition displays, essentially spending all her time there during her MA, researching, explaining contemporary art to the visitors or just looking around. So, she knows just a little about the Tate Modern and its art. After she graduated, she decided to combine all her passions and founded NEJA’S Art Walks – New Electrifying Journeys through Art.

Julija says…

…It is not uncommon to feel both intrigued and confused by a piece of contemporary art,

And asks you to…

…Allow me to guide you through the galleries of Tate Modern on a curious inquiry into what we see, and hopefully, during the 2 hours that we spend together, you will acquire the skills of looking, seeing and talking about art. What we see in art is always influenced by a whole host of assumptions.
When we see a piece of art, we are not just looking; we are reading the language of images, be it Monet’s Waterlilies or a feminist sculpture. Instead of lecturing you using a list of dry biographical facts, I would like to encourage you to trust your own eyes and instincts and think of art in front of you in a more personal way.
How did abstract art come about? Does the gender of the artists matter? What is the place of women in art-making? Are there any differences in the approach to art-making between male and female artists? What happened to sculpture in the 20th century? Is photography art? Who decided what is art and what isn’t and can art change the world? Do we have to like what we see in order to understand it and vice-versa? We will talk in-depth about all of these questions.
We will then walk along the river to the world-famous Borough market and explore some of its hidden corners and secrets. There will be an opportunity for a pit-stop: cider, oysters, empanadas, coffee or whatever else tickles your fancy.