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The School of Arts and Communication Design take over Tate Exchange

Students and staff from the School of Arts and Communication Design (ACD) took over Tate Exchange at Tate Modern in January 2018 to deliver a week of free workshops and activities.

As part of Tate Modern's Tate Exchange programme, ACD staged Reading Assembly on the 5th floor of the Blavatnik Building from Tuesday 23 January to Sunday 28 January.

"Our Reading Assembly project at the Tate Modern is a fantastic opportunity to bring the School of Arts & Communication Design together with the common objective of bringing the creative industries to life with members of the public."

- Gerry Leonidas, Associate Professor, Typography and Graphic Communication

tatecomputerThe Tate Exchange

Tate Exchange is an ambitious 'open experiment' which allows other 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. Over the course of a week, members of the public were invited to join students and staff from AcD as well as local and international partner organisations, in a series of free activities engaging with art, design, film and performance.

"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."

- John Gibbs, Head of School

activities at the TateActivities

  • Collaborative clay workshops with ArtLab
  • Creating and curating a sensory museum with PurpleSTARS
  • Imagining London in 2050 through utopian and dystopian visions of a future city
  • Letterpress, design, green screen, and video workshops
  • Debates, performances and interactive activities on the politics of representation and identity and of artistic production.

"Yet, another exciting session led by Reading University ArtLab at the Tate Modern, allowing students to explore and create beyond their comprehension!"

- Emma Jordan, Teacher, Maiden Erlegh East

tate activities for pupilsReading Assembly

Reading Assembly brings together expertise from all three departments within ACD - Typography & Graphic Communication, Film, Theatre & Television and Reading School of Art. Many of our students were central to delivering the activities which took place. This highlighted Reading's strength in the creative arts and providing our students with hands-on experience in collaborating with partners and engaging with the public.

"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."

- Rachel Garfield, Head of Reading School of Art



"We were once again reminded of the importance of actively creating and producing work which reflects the diverse community in which we learn and create."

- Jessica Manu (BA English Literature and Theatre) and Rhonda Cowell (BA Film)

Image credit: Hsin Hsieh, PhD in Film, Theatre & Television

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