A space for everyone to collaborate, test ideas and discover new perspectives on life, through art.
Thomas Tallis School is proud to be one of the Tate Exchange Founding Associates. The new Switch House at Tate Modern devotes a whole floor to a new experiment in audience engagement called Tate Exchange.
As an Associate, we are responsible for planning and delivering 2 days of programming in this space, reflecting our commitment to learning through art. Over recent years we have developed a close relationship with colleagues at Tate which has had a direct impact on the quality of art education we can offer our students.
Our Tate Exchange projects will help us further refine our thinking about art education and give us an opportunity to share what we have learned with a range of visitors, including members of the public. The theme of this year's programming is, not surprisingly, 'Exchange'. We will be directly involved in Tate Exchange for the next three years.
Tate Exposed, Tate Exchanged
A photographic peek behind the scenes at Tate Modern.
We collaborated with St. Peter's School in Bournemouth on our first Tate Exchange project. Year 12 and 13 photography students from both schools spent a day in December 2016 at Tate Modern, documenting the building behind the scenes. They explored those parts of the building that visitors ordinarily cannot reach: store rooms, the staff canteen, offices, corridors and cupboards. What lurks behind those pristine white walls of the galleries? Who works in the bowels of the building? Where do staff go for a quiet cup of tea?
On 6th February 2017, the students shared their photographs with other photography students and members of the visiting public in the Tate Exchange space. They offered visitors the chance to make a zine from their images, engaged them in discussion about the big ideas in photography, encouraged them to think about examples of photographs in the Tate collection and use their cameras to capture their experience with the help of some imaginative prompts. Visitors' photographs were shared on Instagram (#tateexposed) and displayed live in the Tate Exchange space.
This project is an offshoot of the PhotoPedagogy website, a resource for teachers and students of photography in schools and colleges across the UK and beyond established in 2015 by Mr Nicholls, our Director of Arts and Creativity. Visit the PhotoPedagogy site to read about the project in greater detail.
The Thomas Tallis Centre for Contemporary Art
"Everybody should have their own art gallery."
Can we make an art gallery from a garden shed? Inspired by Bob and Roberta Smith's Leytonstone Centre for Contemporary Art - a shed in Bob's garden - we want to transform an old plot of land with weed-infested raised beds and a rickety old shed into a garden and gallery for contemporary art. We are interested in the relationship between growing a garden, making art and nurturing a community.
A group of Year 7 and 8 students at Tallis, who are supported by the Support Centre for Autism and Speech and Language Impairment, will design and make a sensory garden and a gallery over the next three years. As they both grow together we will document the process with photographs and film. We will experiment with a range of ways to make art about the garden, about growing and nature. We will transform the shed into a gallery, displaying work made by the students alongside a fantastic archive of images shared with us by Professor Helen Storey whose Field of Jeans was recently installed on the school grounds. We're hoping parents will get involved and that plants (and art) will be exchanged between home and school.
On 5th April 2017, our students will share what they have learned so far with invited guests from local schools and members of the visiting public in the Tate Exchange space on Level 5 of the Switch House. We will invite visitors to engage in a variety of activities so that they can think about creating a gallery of their own. The film of the project will be available to view.
You can build your own art gallery and have your own art world ... Everybody has culture. Everybody should have their own art gallery.
-- Bob and Roberta Smith
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To find out more about Thomas Tallis School's involvement in Tate Exchange, contact Jon Nicholls, Director of Arts & Creativity.