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The School of Arts & Communication Design take over Tate Exchange – University of Reading

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    The University's artists bring their talents to the Tate Exchange

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    Reading artists run activities at the Tate Exchange for schools

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    Children, fellow artists and the general public all benefit from Reading at the Tate Exchange

The School of Arts & Communication Design take over Tate Exchange

Each year, students and staff from the School of Arts and Communication Design (ACD) take over Tate Exchange at Tate Modern to deliver free workshops and activities.

As part of Tate Modern's Tate Exchange programme, ACD stages Reading Assembly in the art gallery.

"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 & Graphic Communication 

tatecomputer1The 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 are 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 is a great opportunity to work with Tate on an initiative in which we share so many interests and values, and is wonderful working with students and staff from across the School to deliver Reading Assembly. The Tate Exchange floor is always 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

ArtLab at Tate Exchange

ArtLab is a dedicated art and technology facility whose purpose is to support outreach and widening participation in the arts. ArtLab was designed to bring together the University of Reading, its students, and the local community, to engage young school children and teachers alike in what it means to be creative.

Watch our video to find out more.


  • 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

tateactivity1Reading Assembly

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

"The Tate Exchange benefits our art students in a number of 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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