Tate Britain Festival

Diggin' the Gallery: Adventure

​Diggin' the Gallery: Adventure 2017 © Ben Connors

A free inclusive event for young people with special educational needs and disabilities where everyone is welcome to be part of the adventure

You’re at Tate Britain.

You might not have been here before.

What do you do?

Select Adventure mode and step into the world of art.

You are invited to follow Sticmann and Steve’s map of their experience of being in the gallery. As you enter their world, you’ll encounter artists whose specialist tools will help you to get to know Tate Britain.

Meet dancers as they move around the gallery inspired by the artworks on display; turn a corner and work with a poet; find a room filled with materials for you to be creative with and collaborate with digital artists.

Parents, carers and friends are invited to join in too. There will be a social space to enjoy as well as a quiet space for you to use during the event. We will also have lots of people on hand to help you on the day including a BSL interpreter and a live superhero!

Diggin’ the Gallery: Adventure has been developed by artist Ben Connors in collaboration with the Schools and Teachers team, Tate London, in partnership with Daytrippers.

What’s happening

Silent Disco

Brought to you by Heart n Soul


Heart n Soul’s young person’s creative project Do Your Own Thing invites you on to the dance floor to share your moves and record your own shout out at their silent disco. Switch between a live DJ set and special Diggin’ the Gallery: Adventure radio broadcast, which for one day only will be coming to you live from Tate Britain.

Watch out for the Awesome Recorders collecting your experiences of the day.

Market Stall

Brought to you by Heart n Soul

North Duveens

Make your way to Heart n Soul’s market stall to listen to Do Your Own Thing’s new album, see animations and artwork from the album cover and make your own vinyl cover inspired by the art to share with everyone at Diggin’ the Gallery.


Brought to you by Ben Connors

South Duveens

Contribute to a huge group illustration, adding marks, shapes, colours, cartoons and drawings that share your experience of Diggin’ the Gallery. The characters Sticmann and Steve from the Diggin’ the Gallery comic and their adventures exploring Tate Britain will help lead the way. 

Creative Dance Workshop

Brought to you by Candoco Dance Company 


Join artists from Candoco Dance Company for a fun and creative dance workshop. Taking inspiration from the artwork and space around you, you will transform what you see, feel and hear into creative movement and dance. Feel free to drop in throughout the day - no experience necessary! 

Makes Sense

Brought to you by CRAE


Scientists from the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE), UCL Institute of Education, will encourage visitors to explore how each of us see the world differently through our senses.  Visitors will engage with the artworks on display to decorate their own unique ‘brain hat’ with different materials to reflect their favourite colours, shapes, textures and sounds around them.

Pyramid Poetry

Brought to you by Dean Atta

South Duveens

Create your own pyramid poems with spoken word artist Dean Atta by ‘mining’ for words in the gallery. What words come to mind when you look at different artworks? What are their titles? What would you call them instead? Collect all these words on your pyramid template to make your own poem about the things you’ve seen. Bring these back to Dean to share your work with everyone.

Objects for Play

Brought to you by Shepherd Manyika


Immerse yourself in cardboard and coloured tape as you work with artist Shepherd Manyika to make your own Objects for Play, inspired by the artworks and shapes within the 1840 room. 

Mecabricks: Digital Building Blocks

Brought to you by Will Hurt

Henry Moore Room

Who knew Lego could be so interactive? Taking inspiration from Henry Moore’s sculptures, artist Will Hurt shows you how to build and digitalise your own Lego objects using the digital modelling tool Mecabricks. Then use a custom joystick to transform it further onscreen, rotating, scaling and translating to make interesting new sculptures.

Sensory Archive

Brought to you by the Library and Archive team

Library and Archive 

Experience a relaxed Library and Archive space where you can touch, see and smell objects and material from the collection including a wooden car and pebbles that smell of liquorice.  

Social Space hosted by Touretteshero

Clore Studio

A space for parents, carers and participants to relax, meet each other and talk informally together as well as spend time hanging out with a superhero. The Touretteshero team will be on hand to talk about the power of creativity, the importance of celebrating neurodiversity and how we can work together to build a more inclusive world.

There will be light refreshments provided.

Chill Out Space

Taylor Digital Studio

Use our dedicated chill out space to relax or unwind. The chill out space will have beanbags and cushions and bottled water will be available throughout the day.

In addition if the need arises for a quiet space please approach a member of staff in a Diggin’ the Gallery: Adventure t-shirt who will assist you.

Diggin’ Parade

14.00 – 15.00

A final moment to share your adventures, your experiences, creations, ideas, journeys and excitement with the rest of the gallery. Robyn Steward on trumpet and Rob Grundel on guitar will kick off the Diggin’ Parade from the Octagon at 14.00. From there you will wind your way through the galleries to culminate in a celebratory reading of your poems by Dean Atta and a performance by Kishaun (K-dog).  

Please note that this event will be photographed. Photos will be used by Tate, its partners and the artists involved for no commercial purpose.

Tate Britain

London SW1P 4RG
Plan your visit

Date & Time

10 June 2017 at 11.00–15.00