Where art and society meet

Two people hugging

© Heather Agyepong

Tate Exchange is a space and a programme at Tate Modern and Tate Liverpool for everyone to debate and reflect upon contemporary topics and ideas, get actively involved, think through doing, and make a difference.

We work in response to an annual theme, and to the question, ‘what happens when art and society meet?’ We do this through collaboration with colleagues from across Tate, a community of Associate organisations, artists and our visitors.

Founded in 2016, Tate Exchange was the first of its kind in an art museum anywhere in the world. It holds true that art, and the ideas inspired through art, can be the catalyst for change and exchange. Tate Exchange questions the role of art in society and the issues shaping the world today.

Tate Exchange can be found at Level 5 of the Blavatnik Building at Tate Modern, and in the first-floor gallery at Tate Liverpool. All programmes are free. To find out more about what we have learned and achieved, please read our evaluation.

Where to find us

  • Tate Modern

    Visit us at Tate Modern on Level 5 of the Blavatnik Building. We're open Tuesdays to Sundays

  • Tate Liverpool

    Find us on Level 1 at the heart of Tate Liverpool. We're open during regular gallery hours

  • Instagram

    Take a closer look at Tate Exchange on Instagram. See exclusive artist takeovers, highlights and more

  • Twitter

    Follow our Twitter for programme updates, and join the conversation on art, ideas, and society

Our Annual Themes

A man walks past a display with the words 'The most important exchange is between equals'

Year 1 - Exchange

With Lead Artist Tim Etchells, our first year focused on the ethos and approach of exchange across individuals, difference and society.

2016-17 events

An installation at Tate Exchange

Year 2 - Production

Starting with a ceramic factory installation from Lead Artist Clare Twomey, the year addressed the nature of production in all its forms.

2017-18 events

Sticky notes on the wall from a brainstorm


Exploring social movements to migration, to global transit of objects, to football and dance, with Lead Artist Tania Bruguera and Tate Neighbours.

2018-19 events

A person interacts with a display by placing their thumb print on the wall


Lead Artists Hyphen-Labs have begun year-round conversations and interventions on our individual and collective power to take action and to transform.

What's on now

Our Values

Tate Exchange lives four values - Openness, Generosity, Risk and Trust. These are central to everything we do, and together, we work to create a welcoming and dynamic space for all, and to create a new, more open, inclusive and sustainable model for the museum in the twenty-first century.

To reflect on and learn from what we do at Tate Exchange, we evaluate our programme, with our Associates, Participant Evaluators and in conversation with our visitors. What we learn goes on to inform what we do next and the research questions of the Tate Exchange Research Centre. The evaluation has focused on participant experience, has proposed a Theory of Change based on that experience, and is ‘learning from the learning’ to help form our future.


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Experiments in Practice: Learning from the Evaluation of Tate Exchange Year One

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Further information on the journey Tate Learning took to reach Tate Exchange and our current programme can be found in Tate Learning Today: Ten Years in the Making, written by Anna Cutler, Director of Learning and Research.

Tate Exchange Associates

We work with our Associates together. Our Associates are from all over the UK and the world, and bring their communities to Tate Exchange to lead their programmes. They generate new perspectives, provoke debate, stimulate creativity and create new collaborations with our visitors and we explore together the impact and value of art to society.

These Associates include arts and culture organisations, early years to post-graduate education, health and wellbeing initiatives, and community groups working within and beyond the arts. They bring a collective programme that is brave, risk-taking, and fosters new thinking on the museum.

Tate Modern

198 Contemporary Arts and Learning
A New Direction
Analema Group
BACKLIT Gallery and Studios
Bath Spa University
Canterbury Christchurch University
Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design - MA Design for Cultural Commons
Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design - MA Theatre Arts
Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
Centre for Experimental Aesthetics, Institute of Philosophy, University of London
City & Islington College
Community Southwark
Counterpoints Arts
Creativity Culture and Education (CCE)
Department of English Linguistics and Cultural Studies, University of Westminster
Digital Maker Collective, University of the Arts London
Feminist Library
Flourishing Lives
John Hansard Gallery
Latin American Women's Aid (LAWA)
Latin Elephant
London Connected Learning Centre (CLC)
MA Designer Maker, University of the Arts London
Peckham Platform
Pempeople (People Empowering People)
People United
Plymouth College of Art
public works
Queen Mary University of London
Room 13 Hareclive
Royal Holloway, University of London
National Saturday Club
Shape Arts
Something & Son
Stance Podcast
The Open University
Thomas Tallis School
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
University of Brighton
University of Reading
University of Warwick
Valleys Kids
Virginia Commonwealth University College of Arts (VCU), USA
Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton
Young Coders MeetUp

Tate Liverpool

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
Birmingham City University
City of Liverpool College
dot-art Schools
Edge Hill University
Heart of Glass
Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool Hope University
Liverpool Irish Festival
Liverpool Pride
Mersey Care NHS
Merseyside Youth
Museum of Homelessness
Open Eye Gallery
Project Art Works
Proud and Loud Arts
Quad Collective
Sola Arts
The Royal Standard
The Windows Project
University of Chester
University of Liverpool

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Supported by

Maryam and Edward Eisler

and Tate Patrons

With founding support from

Freelands Foundation