Free Tate Britain Workshop

Story Space

A man sitting down talks into the microphone in front of seated children

Storytelling with Jamel Carly, Blast Off, Summer 2021

A place for families of all ages to read, imagine, play and create

Featuring a library of books by Black authors, Indigenous authors and authors of colour from around the world, Story Space celebrates books that centre children of colour, and aims for everyone to see themselves reflected in the books they read.Our library also includes stories about queer and disabled children and families.

Read to yourself, to someone else, with each other, out loud. Once you’ve discovered some new stories, tell your own story through our character-building and storyboard activities!

Join us for storytelling and illustration events with special guests on Saturdays during school holidays. Free, drop-in at 12.00

Upcoming storytelling sessions

15 January, 29 January, 19 February - with early years' educator Jamel Carly

5 February, 12 February and 26 February - with illustrator Joelle Avelino

5 March - with author Alexandra Sheppard

12 March, 19 March - with illustrator Olivia Twist

26 March - with author Joseph Coelho & illustrator Fiona Lumbers

Story Space began in 2017 (curated by artist and academic Jessie McLaughlin) and was originally called Blast Off!, inspired by a children's book of the same name about a young Black girl, Regina Williams, who dreams of becoming an astronaut.

Blast Off was first published in 1973, but even in 2017 only 4% of children’s books published in the UK featured a main character who was Black, Asian or minority ethnic. This rose to 10% in 2019, but it still means over a third of English primary school pupils find it hard to see themselves reflected in the books they read.

In collaboration with Tate Publishing, Knights Of and Roundtable Books, New Beacon Books and other independent publishers.

Tate Britain

Manton Studio

Entry via the Manton Entrance

London SW1P 4RG
Plan your visit


23 October 2021 – 26 March 2022

Wednesdays, and weekends during term time.

Thursdays to Sundays during school holidays.

10.00–16.45 (Closed 13.00–14.00)


Free with ticket

Free, for kids, young adults and families of all ages

Book a free collection ticket to drop in and discover new stories.

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