Tates Resource coordinators can support you in planning activities for your self-led visit as well as booking resources for your group.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, to book resources or to discuss how the resources might be adapted for your specific needs.
- Your essential guide to visiting Tate Britain [PDF, 52 Kb]. Practical information about how to book and guidelines for visiting.
We offer an extensive selection of resources to support your visit, ranging from immediate practical prompts and instant physical interventions to more in-depth booklets, films and a termly newspaper.
All our resources are designed to promote a sense of ownership and agency for you and your students, encouraging a confident, inquisitive and imaginative use of the space.
Those listed below have been created by artists in collaboration with Tate London Learning and reflect our current programme.
Playground – termly newspaper for teachers
Pick up a free copy of Issue 2 of Playground from Schools desks at Tate Modern and Tate Britain or request one from the Resource Coordinator while stocks last.
This term’s issue includes contributions from artists Eitan Buchalter, Harold Offeh, Frank Wasser and Adam Walker, a manifesto created by our teachers group Teachers Consult and a large poster of Meschac Gaba’s Museum of Contemporary African Art.
Free gallery resources
A is For … alphabet resource series
Activities by artists Caroline Achaintre, Jo Addison, Chloe Cooper, Abigail Hunt, Natasha Kidd, Katie Schwab and Mónica Rivas Velásquez.
These short, accessible activities by artists currently working on the Schools and Teachers programme are to be done in the gallery and relate to exhibitions and to our free collection displays.
The only materials that these activities require are a pencil, the paper that the activity is written on and anything you imagine your students may have about their person - a camera phone etc.
On arrival to the gallery you and your group will be handed copies of one of the letters when you sign in at the Schools desk on the day of your visit.
If you would like help planning how to incorporate an activity into your visit or any further information please contact the Resource Coordinator.
A is for Achaintre
A unique experience to have the artist whose artwork is on display provide you with an activity inviting you to explore their ideas through drawing and making.
- Download A is for Achaintre [PDF, 238 Kb]
B is for Banana
Explore the similarities and differences between an imaginary banana and an artwork on display to help you think about materials, form and taste.
- Download B is for Banana [PDF, 99 Kb]
B is for Beyond
Extend an artwork beyond itself to think about composition and space through drawing.
- Download B is for Beyond [PDF, 165 Kb]
M is for Making a List
Explore the processes that artists have used to make artworks in the collection. You will need to look closely and then experiment.
- Download M is for Making a List [PDF, 619 Kb]
T is for Late Turner
Explore mark making by working in pairs to make drawings where your lines are affected by the wind, rain and other natural happenings you have discovered in Turner’s paintings.
- Download T is for Late Turner [PDF, 295 Kb]
T is for Turner Prize
Work in pairs to discover and discuss the contemporary ideas and processes that might link you and the artists and artworks in the exhibition.
- Download T is for Turner Prize [PDF, 281 Kb]
Hyper Activity Pack On Stimming And Staring
Devised by artist Hana Tait.
Hyperactivity Pack invites young people to play hide and seek with the art in The BP Walk through British Art collection displays at Tate Britain.
What might it be like to look out from the artwork instead of at it?
Students are encouraged to play, fiddle and move the pack to see where it leads them.
Developed as part of We Forgot the Lot, a large scale event at Tate Britain for young people with and with out tourettes in collaboration with Touuretteshero, an organisation campaigning for creative approaches to engaging and working with young people with tourettes.
Please contact the Resource coordinator to book copies to collect when visiting the gallery with your group
Materials for the Construction of Meaning (MCM)
Devised by Katriona Beales, Helen Rousseau and Martine Rouleau
Designed as a catalyst for group debate in relation to the collection, MCM draws on an interest in the ways in which we explore and experience meaning in relation to art, and how the process of group discussion can help generate new insights.
MCM can be used in any of the galleries in Tate Britain. Pick a gallery and assemble all 3 stands, and attach prompts. The MCM prompts can be used in any order, independently or in relation to each other, and consist of selected words, questions and quotations which are there to provoke discussion around the making and construction of meaning in art.
There are no right or wrong answers here – MCM is a platform for the expression of your ideas and opinions – and the more your vocalise these the richer your conversations will be.
Available to self led groups visiting Tate Britain.To book please email email@example.com
Devised by artist Abigail Hunt
A simple tool for use in the galleries or back at school, The Cube encourages students to explore architectural space, context and perception.
An alternative to the sketchbook, students are encouraged to record their ideas directly onto the object.
This resource is only available as a download and would need to be printed prior to your visit, it could also be used in other galleries and spaces.
- Download a guide to The Cube [PDF, 544 Kb]
Free teachers resources
These can be posted to you or booked to collect when you arrive at the gallery by contacting the Resource Coordinator.
Developed by artist Louisa Martin
Artist Louisa Martin worked on the Schools Workshops Programme at Tate Modern 2011–12. As If was developed during this time and captures creative moments in the form of a metafiction through which they can be shared with a wider audience. It is not intended as a guide to the gallery but it is an artists invitation to the imagination and a suggestion of an approach to looking at artworks in the collection.
Having initially developed her workshop content from the perspective of her practice and interest in the body, performance, pataphysics and visible portals, Martin’s thinking then developed through shared experiences in the gallery with teachers and students over the course of the year.
Devised by artist Mónica Rivas Velásquez with contributions from artists Jo Addison, Meera Chauda, Natasha Kidd, Matthew Pountney and Jessica Thom.
Developed to support teaching staff working within a broad range of SEN and mainstream educational settings visiting the gallery on independent visits. PLATFORM is an invitation to you and your group to explore Tate Britain and Tate Modern through activities which aim to encourage active exploration, open-ended experimentation and individual pupil choice.
PLATFORM contains a number of individual possibilities within it that you are welcome to use singly or as multiple simultaneous platforms as your visit unfolds. All the platforms can be used with your group straight away or activated further by making copies for each student before your visit so they can cut, make holes, stick and write directly onto them.
Designed by artists Jo Addison and Natasha Kidd.
This resource consists of 40 separate cards. These offer visual and written prompts to encourage enquiry and deeper understanding around some of the key concepts and principles in Boettis work: order and disorder, work and play, collaboration, the passing of time and duality. Conceived as a starting point, this resource can be distributed, shuffled and added to. You are encouraged to think, look harder, raise questions, mimic, draw links and find difference.
More than Meireles
Devised by artist Abigail Hunt
Inspired by the Cildo Meireles exhibition in 2008, this booklet is designed to offer ways to unpick contemporary art more generally. The ideas and activities are easily transferable and can be adapted and developed for use in the gallery or classroom with a variety of age groups. Comprising of three sections relating directly to Meireless practice, Boundaries and Control, Comfort and Perception and Value and Expectation, the pack encourages students to explore the meanings behind contemporary art as well as their position in relation to it as the audience.
Free online resources
All online resources: this link will take you to all the Tate resources available online, including those for Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives and previous exhibitions and displays.