Tate Exchange

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

Opening times

Thursday to Sunday 12.00–18.00

Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Clare Twomey, Is It Madness. Is It Beauty. 2010

How can art make a difference to people’s lives and society?

Welcome to Tate Exchange. An annual programme that brings together international artists, over 60 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.

Our second season, exploring the theme of ‘Production’, is now open. Join us Thursdays to Sundays on Level 5 at the Blavatnik Building, Tate Modern.

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Machine, human, artistic, or immaterial. What do we mean when we talk about production? Explore more on production here.

Want to get involved?

This week, join BBZ collective for a multi-sensory exploration of queer, trans, and non-binary black identity in the UK. Explore how DIY culture, cloud communities and nightlife have created space for queer communities to survive, connect and produce. This four day project features installations, discussions and a special late night takeover.

Join artist Clare Twomey as she transforms Tate Exchange into a working factory. Jump in the production line and explore what it means to make and produce in today’s society. Then explore the power and politics of making in a digital age with artists, technologists, and designers in interactive workshops. Join a discussion on what ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture mean today. Experience an intervention as a form of anti-production. Or take part in performances and installations by artists and collectives that explore how queer, trans, and POC identities are produced in the gallery and beyond.

See our full upcoming events programme, or catch up with what we've done at Tate Exchange so far.

Bedfellows performance

Bedfellows: Sex Re-Education, performance by Charismatic Megafauna © Tate Exchange

The New Union Flag with Gil Mualem Doron and the Who Are We? Project

The New Union Flag with Gil Mualem Doron and the Who Are We? Project, Tate Exchange

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

Complaints Department operated by Guerrilla Girls, photo © Tate

Summer School, Seraphina Neville © Tate

Thicket with Raqs Media Collective © Tate

Exchanges on Homelessness

Exchanges on Homelessness with the Museum of Homelessness © Tate Exchange

About Tate Exchange

Tate Exchange is an experiment. A space for everyone to collaborate, test ideas and discover new perspectives on life, through art. Whether you are an observer, commentator, researcher, creator, hacker, tweeter or just curious, join 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.

In our opening 2016-2017 season, our theme was “exchange”, shaped with the help of artist Tim Etchells. We welcomed 53 Tate Exchange Associates who explored the value of art to society through over 100 events in London and Liverpool.

Join the conversation: @TateExchange #TateExchange

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
BACKLIT Gallery and Studios
Barbican and Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Bath Spa University
Bethlem Museum of the Mind, Bethlem Royal Hospital
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
Feminist Library
Flourishing Lives
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 College of Communication, University of the Arts
London Connected Learning Centre
Loughborough University
Peckham Platform
Pempeople (People Empowering People)
People’s Bureau
People United
Plymouth College of Art
Public Works
Queen Mary University of London
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
South London Raspberry Jam
Spike Island
Stance Podcast
The Open University
The Saturday Club
The Tri-Borough Virtual School
Thomas Tallis School
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
University of Brighton
University of Reading
University of Warwick
Valleys Kids
Virginia Commonwealth School of the Arts, USA
Vital Arts, Barts Health NHS Trust
W Project
Whitstable Biennale
Winchester School of Art

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. The window for Year 2 Tate Exchange Expressions of Interest is now closed. Please check back later in the year for the 2018-19 round.

Admission information

Our second season at Tate Exchange opens 28 September

Opening times

Thursday to Sunday 12.00–18.00


Blavatnik Building, Level 5

Tate Modern
London SE1 9TG
Plan your visit

Explore art and ideas at Tate Exchange

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Tate Exchange Art and production

What do we mean when we talk about production, and what does art have to do with it?

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Where do art and migration meet?

What does art have to say about migration and belonging? Step into the shoes of artists, migrants, and makers as ...

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Can art change society?

Can art influence the way we think and act as individuals, and as a society? How do artists make and ...

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What does it mean to be a woman in art?

How are women artists addressing their rights and identities in their work and beyond?

Related Events


BBZ x Tate Exchange Show and Tell & Zine Exchange

14 Dec 2017, 15 Dec 2017

Drop-in sessions to develop creative ideas with others or share your zines and literature with BBZ and Tate staff


BBZ x Tate Exchange A Conversation Between Generations

15 Dec 2017

A round table discussion on the parallels between black British queer art narratives then and now moderated by Imani Robinson ...


BBZ x Tate Exchange On Desire

16 Dec 2017

See short films produced and directed by black queer womxn exploring ideas of desire


BBZ x Tate Exchange Blaq Transmission

16 Dec 2017

A discussion on black trans identity and the TPOC community


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