Still from Watch My Steps video featuring two children skipping in the gallery

BP Art Exchange is a global online learning project about international collaboration and exchange. It connects schools, galleries, artists and cultural institutions worldwide through this social media platform and an offline programme of artist interventions to try and test new ideas with teachers and young people. The project provides a sustainable digital platform, resources and programme which will deepen knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of Art.

This dynamic platform is fully integrated within Tate website providing access to Tate’s collection, archives and online content. In this freshly created online space teachers, artists and learning professionals worldwide can connect, share ideas and display creative exchange projects with a global online network. Members of the BP Art Exchange community can initiate groups or join existing groups to share and critically discuss artwork, opportunities and ideas that are interesting and meaningful to their own lives.

Thematic activity packs created with artists will be published online at regular intervals throughout the year and an offline workshop programme will explore the potential of new developments in technology.

The BP Art Exchange platform is delivered by us, but driven by you. Its aim is to work as a hub for you to share your projects, post up opportunities and voice your opinion through blogs and forums.

BP’s support for UK arts and culture

BP is a major supporter of the arts with a programme that spans over 35 years. In 2011 BP announced its investment of almost £10 million in extending its long term partnerships with the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Opera House, and Tate Britain over the next five years. Taken together, these agreements represent one of the most significant long-term corporate investments in UK arts and culture. In 2014 the partnership between BP and Tate will celebrate 25 years.

Des Violaris, BP’s director of UK arts and culture said:

In 2012 BP supported Tate Movie Project which engaged 35,000 children across the UK as they participated in the creation of The Itch of the Golden Nit which left a legacy of arts and culture with many communities, children and schools. Tate Movie Project allowed for art and creativity to reach many communities across the UK. We see BP Art Exchange as an important initiative which will allow for communities, schools and children from the UK and across the world to engage and inspire each other through art. By launching BP Art Exchange with Tate, we want to ensure that young people know there is a world of arts and culture out there for them to experience.