In January 2018, students and academics from Arts & Communication Design joined forces with one of the world's leading cultural institutions, Tate Modern.
The partnership enabled artists and audiences to collaborate on an unprecedented scale in a free, ground-breaking new programme, Tate Exchange. Over the course of a week, members of the public were invited to join academic colleagues, undergraduate and postgraduate students from across all disciplines within Arts & Communication Design (ACD) and local partnering organisations in a series of free activities engaging with art, design, film and performance, including: collaborative clay workshops with ArtLab, and creating and curating a sensory museum with PurpleSTARS.
"It has been a great opportunity to work with Tate on an initiative in which we share so many interests and values, and it has been wonderful working with students and staff from across the school to deliver Reading Assembly. The Tate Exchange floor has been full of varied activities; a particular highlight for me has been watching our partner schools from Reading taking part in ArtLab's collaborative clay workshops."
Tate Exchange is the main vehicle for Tate Modern's education and outreach work. Each year, the gallery works with a group of associates allowing organisations and members of the public to participate in Tate's creative process, running events and projects on site, and using art as a way of addressing wider issues in the world around us.
"The Tate Exchange benefits our art students in the following ways; teaching our cohorts at the Tate energises the students as they see what they are doing in a wider and international context. It gives them the opportunity to absorb what is in the Tate over an extended time and the relevance of contemporary art to their work. In working with Artlab they get "real world" experience and see how making art at the Tate is exciting and generative for the school children which they find really exciting and energising."
Image credit: Hsin Hsieh, PhD in Film, Theatre & Television