Tate Exchange

A space for everyone to collaborate, test ideas and discover new perspectives on life, through art


Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG
Artwork by Tim Etchells

© Tim Etchells 2015

How can art make a difference to society?

Welcome to Tate Exchange. An annual programme that brings together international artists, over 50 partners who work within and beyond the arts, and you. A journey of discovery into the different ways that art has become active over the last 60 years and how artists have changed our understanding of what art can be and what it can do.

Following our opening in September 2016, in Spring 2017 we welcome 53 Tate Exchange Associates – organisations from the arts, health, education and charitable sectors – who are working together to explore and illuminate the value of art to society through over 100 events.

Whether you are an observer, commentator, researcher, creator, hacker, tweeter or just curious, join international artists and organisations to explore the issues of our time. Drop in for a talk, join the conversation, enjoy a chance encounter and learn something new.

This year our theme is ‘exchange’, shaped with the help of artist Tim Etchells.

Tate Liverpool is also running a series of Tate Exchange Events. Find out more about Tate Exchange Liverpool here.

Join the conversation: @TateExchange #TateExchange

Want to get involved?


This week we welcome Trinity Laban for a blind date and a look at the role of participatory artists today, explore resistance and risk with the Digital Maker Collective, and look at new ways of seeing art and disability with Shape Arts. You can see our full 2017 programme here, or browse by workshops, talks, symposiums, or performances. Or browse our programme by theme below.

People dancing around a digital sculpture

Further Provocations © Tim Etchells

Tim Etchells Three Tables

Tim Etchells, Three Tables Photo © Emily Vigliar

Complaints Department operated by Guerrilla Girls, photo © Tate

Summer School, Seraphina Neville © Tate

People listening to an artist talk

Future Talks at the opening weekend of the new Tate Modern, 2016 © Dan Weill 

People interacting with a digital sculpture

This Is Where We Are 2016a data-driven digital sculpture © Dan Weill

Tate Intensive, Making Tomorrow's Art Museum

Tate Intensive, Making Tomorrow’s Art Museum © Tate 

i-DAT programming This Is Where We Are at the opening weekend of the new Tate Modern © Tate

Looking to the Future

Tate Modern Workshop

Digital Friction With Digital Maker Collective, University of the Arts London

8 Mar 2017

Subvert and confront digital friction caused by technology overload, through creativity, experiments, performances, interventions, and conversation

Tate Modern Workshop

City Spaces With London Connected Learning Centre

9 Mar 2017

See young digital leaders respond to their city through soundscapes, virtual worlds and 3D designs

Tate Modern Workshop

Possible Futures: Arts and Archive Exchange With 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning

4 Feb 2017, 10 Feb 2017, 11 Feb 2017, 10 Mar 2017, 11 Mar 2017

Drop in to explore ideas around art, archives and exchange through talks, interactions, workshops, performances and presentations

Politics and Economies of Exchange

Tate Modern Workshop

Fairground With CCCU, University of Kent, People United, Valleys Kids, Whitstable Biennale

11 Apr 2017, 12 Apr 2017, 13 Apr 2017, 14 Apr 2017, 15 Apr 2017

Join us at Fairground to explore the exchange between art, politics and ideas

Tate Modern Workshop

UNEARTHING With People's Bureau

25 Jan 2017, 4 Mar 2017, 8 Mar 2017, 31 Mar 2017

Get involved in creating with clay, while uncovering and exploring themes affecting our city’s foundations

Art and Identity

Tate Modern Symposium

Women in Art Symposium With W Project

7 Mar 2017

Join this special edition symposium from the W Project to celebrate International Women’s day

Tate Modern Workshop

Who are we? With Counterpoint Arts, The Open University, Loughborough University, University of Warwick

13–19 Mar 2017

A week of engagement, dialogue, debate and lively disruption, asking what it means to belong – across and within borders

Tate Modern Workshop

State of the Nation: Exchanges on Homelessness With Museum of Homelessness

8 Apr 2017, 9 Apr 2017

Join us for fast-paced debates, installations and stories about what is happening in hostels, day centres and on the streets

Tate Exchange Associates

Tate Exchange has over 50 UK Associates from across the country. These include charities to universities, healthcare trusts to community radio stations working within and beyond the arts.  In our first year we have founding Associates at Tate Modern and at Tate Liverpool who are working closely with one another and with Tate to respond to the theme of ‘exchange’. Their participatory programme of workshops, activities and debates takes place throughout spring 2017 and will be available to view from the end of November.

Tate Exchange Founding Associates

198 Contemporary Arts and Learning
A New Direction
Art on the Underground
Arts Emergency
Barbican and Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Bath Spa University
Canterbury Christ Church University
Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
Centre for Experimental Aesthetics, Institute of Philosophy, University of London
City and Islington College
Community Southwark
Counterpoints Arts
Creativity Culture and Education
Dept of English Linguistics and Cultural Studies, University of Westminster
Digital Maker Collective, University of the Arts
engage, National Association for Gallery Education
Freelands Foundation
Interior and Spatial Design Programme, Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London
John Hansard Gallery
Kettle’s Yard
Kingston University
Liverpool Biennial
London Connected Learning Centre
Loughborough University
Museum of Homelessness
Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership
Peckham Platform
Pempeople (People Empowering People)
People United
People’s Bureau
Plymouth College of Art
Public Works
Rinse FM
Room 13 Hareclive Bristol
Royal Holloway and Bedford New College London
School of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent
Shape Arts
South London Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Spike Island
Studio Wayne McGregor
The Open University
The Tri-Borough Virtual School
Thomas Tallis School
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
University of Brighton
University of Liverpool, London Campus
University of Warwick
Valleys Kids
Vital Arts, Barts Health NHS Trust
W Project
Westminster Children’s Services
Whitstable Biennale

Tate Exchange Liverpool Founding Associates

Chester University
Edge Hill University
Hope University
Liverpool John Moores University
Open Eye Gallery
Quad Collective
Theatre in the Rough Festival
The Royal Standard
The Windows Project
University of Liverpool

Each year we will review and refresh a small number of Associates in our aim to include the widest range of collaborators possible. If you are interested in becoming a Tate Exchange associate, please click hereDeadline for 2017–18 applications is 28th February 2017.

Admission information

Tate Exchange is open 28 September 2016 – 25 June 2017

Free to drop in

Please note that Tate Exchange will close periodically for installation and maintenance

Tate Exchange is closed 21, 22, 29 January
11, 18, 19 February
12, 13, 20 March
10,17-23 April

Opening times

Sunday to Thursday 12.00–18.00

Friday to Saturday 12.00–20.00

See below for individual event timings


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