• Learning workshop at Tate Modern

The Tate Research Centre: Learning exists to promote research and knowledge exchange and to inform practice in the field of learning in galleries. The Centre is co-created, conversational, speculative and propositional. It sees value in openness and risk and has creative practices at its centre.

Tate has a long history of gallery education and learning at its four sites and online and works to embed research-led practice across all its programmes. These developments have taken place in the context of much innovative practice in and around galleries across the UK and internationally, yet historically gallery education and learning has been an under-researched area. There is, however, increasing interest from within the cultural sector and beyond in the nature and value of learning in art museums, whilst at the same time the boundaries between learning/education and curatorial programming are blurring and debates concerning the future role of the museum in society are taking place in the UK and overseas. In recognition of this, the Tate Research Centre: Learning seeks to operate openly and collaboratively to support high quality and innovative research in diverse fields relevant to learning in galleries and to provide a platform for dialogue and debate.

The Tate Research Centre: Learning develops research projects as well as hosting conferences and symposia, research-led practice sharing sessions and professional development events. The Centre also disseminates research news and information relevant to learning in galleries and provides a forum for research in progress to be shared and developed.

Convened by Dr Emily Pringle, Head of Learning Practice and Research and co-ordinated by Helena Hunter, Learning Research Assistant, the Tate Research Centre: Learning works with our existing UK and international museum and university partners, but welcomes ideas and proposals for new projects and events.

Associated research projects:

Art Maps – is developing one or more applications for use on smart phones that will allow people to relate artworks to the places, sites and environments they encounter in daily life.

Cultural Value and the Digital: Practice, Policy and Theory – seeks to develop greater understanding of network culture required to develop modes of knowledge production, which are closer to and connected with the new conditions of network culture.

The Experience and Value of Live Art: what can making and editing film tell us? – examines young people’s experience of live art by enabling them to engage directly in a contemporary dance process in the gallery.

Tate Encounters – provides an in-depth account and analysis of a sustained encounter between London South Bank University (LSBU) students who have a migrant family background and Tate Britain as an important national cultural site.

Looking for Change – involved children visiting Tate Modern to explore the galleries, as well as participating in learning workshops in school, and making their own art.

PhD Students:

Stephen Vainker
Experiences and Engagement: An Investigation of Young Persons’ Visits to ARTIST ROOMS on Tour

Ayesha Ghanchi
A Critical Analysis of Artists’ Engagement with Learning Programmes at Tate 1970–2010, as Documented in Tate’s Education Archive

Cristina Locatelli
Digital Engagement Beyond the Gallery: Art Maps, A Case Study

Nicola Sim
Circuit: Investigating partnerships between visual arts and youth organisations

Contact us:

For further information, please contact Emily Pringle, Head of Learning Practice and Research  (email: emily.pringle@tate.org.uk), or Helena Hunter, Learning Research Assistant (email: helena.hunter@tate.org.uk).