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Desire Lines: Summer families activity

Desire Lines family activity: Man with installation

Desire Lines family activity: Woman threading installation

Desire Lines family activity: installation shot

Desire Lines are the movements you make, routes you invent and shortcuts you create when they are made visible.

Drop into the Learning Gallery to explore, weave and map lines to make your personal contribution to a collective creation. Revisit the space to watch it grow over the summer.

The strings were the tension I felt between myself and the sea, the wind or the hills
Barbara Hepworth

Desire Lines was devised by Cameron Leadbetter and Tate Families in response to Simon Nicholson's Theory of Loose Parts.

Simon Nicholson was an architect and the son of artists Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson.

The Theory of Loose Parts explained that our creativity is empowered when there are multiple loose elements, with no defined use, that can be moved, adapted, manipulated or changed through play. Or in Simon Nicholson’s words:

In any environment, both the degree of inventiveness and creativity, and the possibility of discovery, are directly proportional to the number and kind of variables in it.

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11 July – 13 September 2015 at 10.00–18.00

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