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Tate To Tate: An Illustrated Walk Along London's South Bank - Preview & competition

Tate To Tate

Preview by Jack Foley

TATE To Tate is a book like no other you have ever seen. Concertina-bound, it shows a group of people walking east along the South Bank. Brightly coloured, brilliantly drawn by artist Tommy Penton, they are a diverse group, of all races and ages, and as you follow their progress from spread to spread you start to notice cunning details and the beginning of a story….

Behind them, in the foreground, are Lambeth, Hungerford, Blackfriars and Southwark Bridges, and the London Eye – and across the Thames a magnificent panorama of the buildings on the North Bank: Tate Britain, the Palace of Westminster, the Savoy Hotel, Somerset House.

Then, arriving at Tate Modern, and the climaxes of the stories you have been following, you see that another group of characters is walking west, each with another story to follow….

There are around 20 different storylines running through the book – look for an elderly couple who lose each other but find something new… two famous London murders… a metamorphic kid… good cop/ bad cop… a new take on a Spencer Tunick artwork… even the birds have their own stories to tell…

Tate To Tate also works as a guide book. Each building is accurately drawn and arranged and a short history of each place can be found in the opening and closing pages.

About the author

In Tate To Tate, Tommy gives us a view of London that is both familiar and bizarre. Everyone’s walk along the river is personal and Tate To Tate is a book inspired by the author’s teenage years spent skateboarding under the Hayward Gallery.

These travels took him to an out-of-bounds world through the city at night to the Southbank – a nocturnal playground of banks, asphalt stairways and curbs, all transformed into a skater’s obstacle course and a stage for stunts and jumps.

Tommy’s work as a graphic designer has taken him on many creative aventures. Whilst working for a graphics company, he landed an outside job for Embrace’s 2001 Album Cover and their Singles Set. Promotional work for the Chemical Brothers soon followed and a 12 month contracted with the night club, Fabric. Since then, he has worked with Babyshambles, New Order, Morcheeba, Talvin Singh, Guiiiemots, and Röyksopp among others.

Tommy has exhibited in London, Sydney and San Francisco. He lives and works in London. See more of Tommy’s work at

Tate To Tate is published by Jonathan Cape on June 5, 2008, priced £10

WIN Tate To Tate

To celebrate the release of Tate To Tate, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 4 copies of the book. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Name any one of the musical artists that author Tommy Penton has collaborated with?

Simply send the answer to Tate To Tate competition competition and include your name, address and email.