Where art and society meet

Tate Exchange is a space and a programme at Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and online 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's programme for 2020–21 can be found online. Previous years were hosted 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

    We are based at Tate Modern on Level 5 of the Blavatnik Building.

  • Tate Liverpool

    We are based on Level 1 at the heart of Tate Liverpool.

  • 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
BACKLIT Gallery and Studios
Canterbury Christchurch University
Design for Cultural Commons MA, London Metropolitan University
Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts London
Community Southwark
Counterpoints Arts
Department of English Linguistics and Cultural Studies, University of Westminster
Digital Maker Collective, University of the Arts London
Feminist Library
Flourishing Lives
Latin American Women's Aid (LAWA)
Latin Elephant
London Connected Learning Centre (LCLC)
Munchmuseet, Oslo
Pempeople (People Empowering People)
People United
Plymouth College of Art
public works
Room 13 Hareclive
Royal Holloway, University of London
Shape Arts
Stance Podcast
Theatre Arts MA, London Metropolitan University
Valleys Kids
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
Odyssey Explorations
Project Art Works
Proud and Loud Arts
Quad Collective
Sola Arts
Speke Adventure Playground
The Live Literature Company
The Royal Standard
The Windows Project
University of Liverpool

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Supported by

Maryam and Edward Eisler

and Tate Patrons

With founding support from

Freelands Foundation