Tate Exchange

Tate Exchange

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


Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

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 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.

Want to get involved?

How can art make a difference to society? Tell us what you think at You Are Welcome, devised by artist Sarah Carne.

From 18th May to 11th June at Tate Exchange we’re inviting you to share your stories and ideas through writing, drawing, talking and making. Display your stories throughout Tate Exchange and find out about other visitors’ experiences and ideas as they get added over the month.

Listen to someone’s story at the Sound Wall, make something that shows us how you might change society, watch a film reflecting on some of the ideas that have been raised at Tate Exchange, relax in the reading corner with a cup of tea, add a sticker to tell us more and take away a badge to give to a friend or stranger, but most importantly: share your views and experiences with us.

You are Welcome is open to all, on the floor and online. You can see our full 2017 programme here.

Do you have a story about when art changed your life? Share it below, then visit us in-gallery or on @TateExchange to see more stories of how art can make a difference.

See how Tate Exchange is facing the issues

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 they tell their stories

Can art change society?

Can art influence the way we think and act as individuals, and as a society? How do artists make and create change in the world today?

What does it mean to be a woman in art?

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

About Tate Exchange

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

In Spring 2017 we welcomed 53 Tate Exchange Associates who explored the value of art to society through over 100 events in London and Liverpool. Now, from 18th May to 11th June, You are Welcome, devised by artist Sarah Carne, hands Tate Exchange over to you.

We would like to hear your stories about a time when art made a difference to your life and display them in a collective gathering of evidence. Drop in to add your voice and find connections with other people’s stories.

Join the conversation: @TateExchange #TateExchange

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

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

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

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Tate Exchange

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’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. 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

Tate Exchange is open 28 September 2016 – 25 June 2017

Free to drop in

Opening times

Thursday to Sunday 12.00–18.00


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