Tate’s learning programme provides a bridge between all audiences and its galleries. By offering support and guidance we encourage new audiences to develop the habit of visiting galleries, and offer existing audiences the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to Tate.
At Tate, learning is not an add-on but an internal driver to all that we do. Our dedicated teams deliver imaginative and stimulating programmes for a wide variety of audiences, including:
- School groups, focused on the curriculum
- Young people, feeding their creativity outside school hours
- Curious adults in search of inspiration
- Academics who are already authorities in their specialist area.
For all these audiences we harness the expertise of our curators and the quality of our collections to offer a gallery full of experience, education and enjoyment, which engages the mind as well as the eye.
Case studies: supporting learning and community at Tate
Our supporters have contributed towards a number of learning projects.
British Sign Language tours, supported by the Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust
Supported by a grant from the Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust, Tate developed a ground-breaking resource to open up its collection to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.
Building on the success of its award-winning multimedia tours, a new multimedia British Sign Language (BSL) tour was introduced at Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Tate Liverpool in December 2007. The tour is a long-term resource that provides targeted information about the Tate collections.
As visitors walk through the galleries with their small handheld computer (PDA) they are able to discreetly access information about 70 artworks on display. The guide offers an introductory interpretive text for each work and further contextual images, archival film footage and responses from deaf people, and on-demand interpretation for deaf visitors in their preferred language as an alternative to the BSL-interpreted gallery talk.
Tate-led tours at Tate Britain, supported by the Ernest Cook Trust
Tate aims to use its outstanding art collection to facilitate children’s learning in a way that complements the national curriculum. Tate-led tours are aimed at students at Key Stages 1–5 and enable school groups to explore their own responses to art works on display and increase their understanding of British and international art.
We are very grateful to the Ernest Cook Trust for their support of this important strand of our work during the academic year 2008/09 and for their grant to develop teacher’s packs for our exhibitions on Van Dyck, Francis Bacon and the Turner Prize.