A youth event at Tate Modern
A youth event at Tate Modern

People have different interests and learn throughout their lives in different ways. We aim to embed learning across all our activities.

Tate’s learning programmes, both in the galleries and online, take the collection and exhibitions as their point of inspiration. They offer a range of ways for newcomers, regular visitors and seasoned experts alike to deepen their knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of art.

Find out more about the Learning team and our vision:

Transforming Tate Learning

Schools and teacher's meet up in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern

In 2011 Tate Learning embarked on a close examination and reframing of our practice. The Transforming Tate Learning project, which was supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, provided a rare and valuable opportunity to embark on an institutional and practice change programme that sought to transform Tate’s learning offer through developing new methods of practice-led research, trialling pilot projects that challenged existing models of working and finally by establishing new networks to share findings across the field. 

In July 2013 we produced a resource to share the approach we have taken and identify where we have got to so far.  The resource takes you through the process in order for you to use it, challenge it and improve on it.  We recognise that we are still in the process of learning and development and would welcome any feedback on the resource. This can be sent to Emily Pringle (Head of Learning Practice and Research).

Tate Learning Aims and Aspirations

Schools and teachers

Artists, their practice and the gallery space are at the centre of Tate’s schools’ programme. We believe that working alongside artists, surrounded by artworks, encourages students to think creatively and independently.

Our programme of schools activities and resources is devised in conjunction with our programme for teachers. We encourage teachers to consider taking part in these activities to augment and support their student visits to the gallery.


Tate works with artists to create activities, studio workshops, resources and events for children and families to enrich their engagement with art.

Our programmes introduce historical, contemporary, modern and interdisciplinary art practices, providing open, experiential and playful learning that continually evolves along with our audiences.

Big and Small

Big and Small is Tate Britain’s Early Years programme, running workshops and activities for local families with children under 5.

Young people

Tate Collective, our programme for young people, encourages people aged 15–25 to use Tate exhibitions and collection displays as a site for social, cultural and creative enquiry.

The programme delivers a broad range of cultural experiences and informal learning opportunities for young people and encourages them to take part. Working collaboratively with artists or independently, young people also develop projects, events and programmes for other young people across Tate’s galleries and online.


Tate’s programmes of events for adults investigate artists’ practice, take a critical approach to learning and create platforms for dialogue and exchange with local, national and international audiences.

Local communities

Tate develops bespoke programmes in partnership with local groups to widen participation and access to art.

Tate Britain and Tate Modern focus on addressing educational and cultural inequality by engaging with adults in Southwark, Newham and other local London boroughs, and on supporting positive mental health and working with older adults in particular

Tate Liverpool actively seeks a dialogue with those socially, economically, intellectually or physically excluded from the arts in the North West region

Tate St Ives aims to increase the participation of local community groups through a series of activities run both in and outside the gallery.