Each year, millions of people take part in learning activities at one of our galleries as well as online.

Last year, the Tate Fund celebrated its fifth year of supporting free artist-led schools’ workshops that take place in our galleries and our ambition is to continue to support this wonderful programme. But it is not just these workshops that our learning programme provides. Learning at Tate is for people of all ages, regardless of their level of knowledge or area of interest.

You can help make art a part of people’s lives by supporting the learning programme through the Tate Fund.

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Kids at Tate

Art doesn’t transform. It just plain forms.
Roy Lichtenstein

We believe that the arts have a crucial role to play in a well–rounded education. Studying art enables children to develop key learning skills and to think and work creatively and independently. The use of gallery spaces, artists and the process of making art are at the core of our learning programme where we aim to provoke curiosity, wonder and questioning. Engaging with and learning about art enriches children’s lives enabling self expression, imagination and development of crucial interpretative and analytical skills.

Last year:

  • 67,744 people took part in early years and families programmes at Tate Britain and Tate Modern
  • 5,000 children enjoyed an artist-led workshop at Tate Britain
  • 5,000 families took part in activities at Tate St Ives
  • 4,000 families enjoyed a family event in the Tanks at Tate Modern
  • 2,000 people visited Tate Liverpool’s drop-in art space every month
  • 80 children attended a Special Educational Needs workshop each academic term
  • 10 artists worked with the Tate schools’ workshop programme

I had the best day ever at Tate and when I grow up I want to be an artist.
Flora, age 7, visiting a gallery for the first time

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Young People at Tate

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
Pablo Picasso

Tate Collective member during Undercurrent Festival

Tate Collective during Undercurrent Festival 2012

© Yemisi Blake

We are dedicated to providing 15 to 25 years olds with a varied programme to aid the exploration of art beyond school. Tate Collectives provides a platform for participants to produce their own programmes using their experiences, ideas and knowledge to explore art. By organising events and workshops and creating their own art, young people are able to explore the world around them while developing practical vocational skills.

Last year:

  • 25,000 young people took part in Tate Collectives events
  • 8,000 young people attended an event at one of our partner organisations
  • 500 Young people worked with art professionals
  • 100 Members of Tate Collectives
  • 100+ learning events and workshops for young people

I thought it was a great experience…it really inspired me to do some creative work similar to this at home.
Martin, age 16

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Late at Tate

Creativity takes courage.
Henri Matisse

Image from Late at Tate

Photo: Tate Photography

Late at Tate is a series of lively and vibrant after-hours events that attract a wide range of people, many visiting a gallery for the first time. This popular programme welcomes both new and regular visitors to the galleries with opportunities for creative exchanges, debates and discussion and informal learning experiences that develop understanding, participation and interest in art.

Last year:

  • 18,000 visitors enjoyed a stimulating variety of Late at Tate events
  • 12 DJ’s and live music sets entertained the visitors
  • 10 workshops and discussion panels to join in
  • 8 Film Screenings to watch and discuss
  • 6 events delivered at Tate Britain
  • 6 installations at Late at Tate events to see and listen to

I can’t imagine anyone going home and not feeling that they’d had a most gratifying experience.
Late at Tate visitor

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Adults at Tate

Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow.
Kurt Vonnegut

Gallery Education and the Digital Future conference Tate Britain, 6 February 2014

Photo: Tate Photography

Learning at Tate is not the preserve of children and young people. By creating spaces for adult learning experiences for experts and beginners alike, we seek to provide a deeper and more satisfying understanding of art. We offer adults a varied programme of talks, discussions, conferences, courses, workshops and film screenings. Adult learners can also access an impressive range of online resources covering everything from art movements and masterpieces to the exploration of ideas, themes and concepts on the blog and video channels.

Last year:

  • 29,000 adults enjoyed an adult learning event
  • 1,095 adults engaged with and learned about art at a workshop
  • 1,700 adults developed their understanding of art on a Tate course
  • 100 artists involved with the adult learning programme
  • 87 varied and thought-provoking courses to chose from

This course has been a challenge and an amazing learning curve. My only caveat is that I wish it had been longer!
An adult visitor after attending a Tate course

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Tate for All

Art shows us what it is to be human.
John Ruskin

Visitor on the Lichtenstein access tour

Photo: Tate Photography

We work hard to ensure that visitors with disabilities are able to access and enjoy our galleries and collection. We do this by providing out-of-hours access, British Sign Language talks, multimedia guides and Deafblind/Touch tours. No disability should prevent an individual from enjoying art. By reflecting this principle in our facilities and programme for disabled visitors, we ensure that everyone can develop their confidence and knowledge and simply have freedom of movement within our galleries.

Last year:

  • 2,400 visitors attended a British Sign Language tour
  • 400 disabled visitors experienced out-of-hours access to our exhibitions
  • 200 visitors took part in events during Learning Disability Awareness week
  • 120 attendees to Queer Britannia British Sign Language Interpreted tours
  • 100 people enjoyed an Audio Description tour
  • 58 blind visitors attended a Touch tour
  • 29 deaf guides and interpreters trained to enhance their ability to deliver British Sign Language tours at Tate

The tour guide handled my blindness perfectly, in that he treated me like a person
Visitor on a Touch tour

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