Have fun casting shadows and exploring enchanting light play in the Tanks at Tate Modern!
Inspired by our A World in Common: Contemporary African Photography exhibition, we want you to create dream-like spiritual worlds and imagined futures using immersive light, glowing and translucent objects and mirrored surfaces. Watch as your magical scenes, shapes and textures project with light and shade.
Make your mark on our glow wall and create vivid ‘shadow photos’ using UV torches and lights. You’ll also have endless enjoyment creating and moving translucent objects that you can magnify and see overhead projectors – creating a glorious stream of shapes and patterns as far as the eye can see! Using materials like PVC, acetate and card you can make your own designs and puppets to light up the projectors.
Under 5s can explore light, shadow and reflection through sensory play using accessible light sources and many textures, colours, mirrors and glowing objects. Even tiny changes and movements will light up the walls in a big way. Also, we’ll have plenty of soft spaces for your little ones to read and reflect, so even the youngest in the family will have a magical, illuminating experience.
This session is primarily for neurodivergent children and adults, and any other visitors with sensory needs who prefer a more relaxed experience, plus their families, friends and carers. Those who are looking for a playful-yet-still-relaxing hour to start the day can visit the space – just with smaller groups so we can support any additional needs you might have.
Resources will be available on the day including:
- Access Station
- Ear defenders
- A quiet breakout space
- Slightly limited admissions so fewer people in the space
Tate staff will be aware that this is an access hour and will take that into consideration as they look after you and the artwork.