Whilst school groups are still unable to visit the gallery, we asked them to share their stories of the past year
Since March 2020, school children have been absent from Tate Britain due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We have been working with London Primary schools throughout this time, providing activities and creative prompts to do at school and home. We miss their voices, experiences, and energy in the gallery. This display in the Learning Gallery celebrates their contribution by sharing their stories.
We asked two local schools, Cleveland Road Primary and Millbank Academy, a series of questions about their year. They responded by making art, taking notes, and talking with their classmates. These became prompts to shape the stories playing here.
The children reflect on their personal experiences against a backdrop of huge societal change. They discuss everything from the Black Lives Matter movement, loss, and friendship, to the more routine details of daily life. We invite you to take these stories with you as you continue to explore the gallery.
This sound work was made by artist Hannah Kemp-Welch. With special thanks to students and staff at Cleveland Road Primary and Millbank Academy, and Victoria Aquino for the photographs.