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Tate managers said they would block Deadline Festival plans for Saturday, including the Drowning World photography exhibit and plans for panel discussions in the Turbine Hall. Despite this, Deadline Festival is going ahead.

As Deadline organisers packed up on Friday night, Tate managers announced their intention to block the events, citing a number of technicalities. They would specifically block anything that would “affect visitor experience” on Saturday – referencing Gideon Mendel’s portrait photographs depicting people flooded in their homes due to climate change.

Images from yesterday’s Deadline Festival sessions. Credit: Elisa Dassoler

This came despite lots of positive feedback from Tate visitors on Friday. One visitor said to us,

I’ve brought a group of school kids down from Cornwall. I have to say, they found your artwork the most engaging and interesting thing in Tate. Well done.

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