Tates Resource coordinators can support you in planning activities for your self-led visit as well as booking resources for your group.
Contact email@example.com 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
A is for Britain
Activities by artists Jo Addison, Imogen Cornwall-Jones, Marysa Dowling, Corinne Felgate, Sam Gorman, Emma Hart, Abigail Hunt, Natasha Kidd and Hana Tait
An A-Z of short, accessible activities relating to specific works in the collection. Exploring the possibilities of the A4 paper they are written on, activities are to be done in the gallery and relate to specific works, ideas around curating and elements of the building itself.
Please note: Display changes may mean not all artworks will be on display at the time of your visit but you are encouraged to adapt the activities in order to look at other similar or related artworks and the Resource Coordinator is happy to help you with this. Please contact the Resource Coordinator to book copies to collect when visiting the gallery with your group.
- Download A is for Britain [PDF, 3.37 Mb]
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.