I am Senior Product Developer here at Tate. I commission, develop and create products that we stock in our shops at all four Tate galleries and online. I work in a very small team (there are just 4 of us) and we’re based at the Tate Britain site, in a building we refer to as the Lodge - it was originally the Military Hospital lodge, hence the weird higgledy-piggledy corridors inside. It took me a while to get used to them when I joined Tate over a year ago
We create products for most of the exhibitions we have as well as responding to the full range of the Tate collection. Obviously, it’s a very creative role and Tate is a great place for it, as there is so much to inspire you! Also with a rolling programme of up to six exhibitions every three months, it’s continually changing - which keeps me challenged (very important for the creative mind!).
In order to make products that really support the exhibition programmes and fit what visitors might be looking for in our shops, we often work closely with designers and artists who we commission to design exclusively for Tate (I’m currently working with the artist Sara Fanelli on a new range, which is very exciting). This part of the job is fab! We also build very close relationships with producers and suppliers - many of whom we have worked with over a long period of time and are always striving to create interesting and unique products. In these blog posts, I’m planning to show you what inspires me, and how I get products from initial concepts right through to the products being sold on to the shop floors. I’ll start by taking you through the process for a range of products we’ve just launched specifically for Tate Britain. We worked with the artist Mark Hearld to come up with the range - here’s a little taster to whet your appetite!
While I pull together the story of these products, we’d love to know, what is your favourite product in the Tate shop?