Monday 25 June 2007
Starr Auditorium, Tate Modern
1.30-3.30pm (doors 1.00pm)
Free Entry. Limited tickets available on a first come first served basis.

Generation London is a youth debate where young people from London's schools will debate their own thoughts on the changes to London with key decision makers. Today's young Londoners will inherit the city we're building now. They will ultimately benefit or lose out to the decisions made now about London's future. What do they think? What do they want? What role can they play in shaping a city that is vibrant, attractive and a dynamic place for young people to live and learn?

The Generation London programme will convene up to 200 school students from across the city and engage them in these questions. Generation London will begin engaging students directly in mid-May, and the project will culminate in the Generation London Debate, which will include seminal cultural figures and policy makers.

Generation London has been co-ordinated by Nimble Fish.

The heart of Generation London is The Billboard Lab, a customised shipping container that contains a fully equipped film studio where young people will develop their creative skills, explore regeneration issues and engage with local communities. The Lab will 'land' at Tate Modern on the first day of DEBATE LONDON, complete with a top-notch student media team who will chronicle both DEBATE LONDON and Generation London action producing running footage and ultimately a documentary. The Billboard Lab is devised by Futurecity, a cultural agency working in collaboration with Creative Partnerships Thames Gateway and supported by Arts Council England, East (ACEE) and the East of England Development Agency (EEDA).

Sally Tallant is the Head of Education and Public Programmes at the Serpentine Gallery, London where she has been developing an ambitious programme of artist’s projects and commissions, conferences, talks and events. Recent projects include the 24 hour London Interview Marathon with Hans Ulrich Obrist and Rem Koolhaas; Disassembly with Runa Islam, Christian Boltanski, Yona Friedman and Faisal Abdu’Allah; Lets Twitch Again, Maria Y’Barra Jnr.; Hearing Voices, Seeing Things: Art and Mental Health (7 artists residences with North East London Mental Health Trust); Park Products by Kathrin Böhm and Andreas Lang and residencies with Tomoko Takahashi, Toby Paterson and A Constructed World. She has curated and organised exhibitions in a wide range of contexts including the Hayward Gallery, Milch, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital; lectured on graduate and post-graduate courses at the Royal College of Art, Goldsmiths College, The Royal Academy, Central St. Martins, Dartington College of Art amongst others and is a regular contributor to conferences nationally and internationally. She is an academic referee for the Litmus Research Centre at Massey University in New Zealand, on the Board of Directors of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group and the Advisory Board of the Goldsmiths Media Research Programme Spaces, Connections, Control funded by the Leverhume Trust.
Head of Culture for the 2012 Olympic Games. A member of Arts Council England’s National Council, Keith began his career producing costumes for the Notting Hill Carnival and Trinidad Carnival. He was also part of the creative team that produced the Millennium Dome’s opening ceremony before going on to be Director of Design Ceremonies at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002. He was also Artistic Director for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Commonwealth celebrations. Keith joins the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games from Rich Mix, East London’s cultural and Heritage centre, where he was Chief Executive.
Zoe writes a column for The Guardian and a restaurant review for the Sunday Telegraph. She also does bits and pieces for Radio Four, and started on the London Evening Standard.
Marina Benjamin has worked as a museum curator, a television writer, professional blackjack player, and journalist. A lifelong Londoner, she is the author of three books: Living at the End of the World, Rocket Dreams and, most recently, Last Days in Babylon.
The BRIT School is an independent state funded school dedicated to education and vocational training for the performing arts, media, art and design and the technologies that make performance possible. The school’s professional theatre, The Obie Theatre, can seat audiences of up to 700.
Capital City Academy opened in September 2003, replacing Willesden High School with a full rebuild. Partly funded by sponsorship, the school has specialist strength in physical education, sport and the Arts. In 2005 the school won an Artsmark Silver Award.
Highbury Grove School was designated a Business and Enterprise College by the Specialist Schools Trust in 2004. Islington Council is planning to redevelop Highbury Grove School, and this redevelopment is part of the government’s Building Schools for the Future programme (
Villiers is a technology specialist school with a variety of cutting-edge new media programmes, including international podcasting of news reports (in conjunction with BBC) and an internet ‘twinning’ project with several schools in other countries.

Supported by
Debate London is organised by The Architecture Foundation Charity Registration no.1006361
The Architecture Foundation is funded by Arts Council England