The History of Tight Modern

Tight Modern

Tight Modern is the world’s smallest pop-up gallery; an 8ft x 5ft miniature replica of the iconic Tate Modern showcasing the UK’s best under-represented artists.

2008 saw the first ever outing of the Tight Modern gallery.  It featured in the Brighton Fringe Festival and had pride of place on the sea front, not far from Brighton Pier.  The show was an instant hit with 1600+ visitors viewing 55 artist’s work over a glorious May Bank Holiday weekend.

2009 saw the second outing of the Tight Modern.  As in 2008, it was again one of the outdoor events featured at the Brighton Fringe Festival. Audience figures were even higher this year, totalling 2500+ over four days during another sunny May Bank Holiday weekend. The Black Crayon Cafe ran an event inside the Creative Future shop, encouraging visitors to create and exhibit their own mini works of art.

In 2012 Tight Modern went on tour for the first time. Starting at the the Royal Brompton Hospital in June, the gallery returned to Brighton seafront in August, visited by over 2000 people.  The Tight Modern then appeared at Gillet Square in Hackney, London for World Mental Health Day. The final leg of the tour took in Pallant House, Chichester, home of Outside In.  About 5,000 people visited the exhibition during its travels during 2012.

In 2014, the Tight Modern tour opened at the Brighton Fringe Festival in May on Brighton seafront with 2,200 people seeing the show.  In June the travelling gallery visited London to be part of Creativity and Wellbeing Week at the ORTUS Learning & Events Centre.  Next, Tight Modern appeared during September and October at the prestigious Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne.  3,600 art lovers visited.  Finally, the Tight Modern travelled to the North of England where it featured in St Helen’s Cultural Hubs programme and was opened on World Mental Health Day by acclaimed author Matt Haig.  Around 42,000 people saw the gallery in action with the tour coming to a close in January 2015.