Convened by volunteer Learning Champions, each group explores and documents new ways to experience and enjoy the rich resources of the Tate collection and Tate St Ives exhibition programme through looking, questioning and creating.
The Learning Champions role is to sustain, nurture and coordinate the groups development and activity whilst being the main contact point to the gallery. This role would also act as a conduit for the capturing of anecdotal research, organising the space and informing the group of the date and timetables of the next meetings.
After being presented with the initial best practice framework the Look Group, with their Learning Champion would decide on the topic, timetable and format, emboldening a sense of ownership and direction harnessed by the group. The funding for the pilot period was used to invest in this infrastructure, built around the Learning Champion role, aiming to be sustainable beyond the pilot timeframe.
Look Group meetings
The group will have planned a topic for discussion at the last meeting and will have each done some preparation to inform their contribution, again mirroring that of a book group, each agreeing on the book they will read independently before meeting up again to discuss it.
It is encouraged that the group explore the ways they might want to develop their own model and use relevant visual resources as reference at the meetings. Once there is an agreed focus of the meeting the session begins and a balance is achieved between providing structure, improvising and allowing space for the group to dictate the pace and content.
Most meetings take place in community venues but have included visits to the gallery as a focus for conversation.