Reading's Tate Takeover! 


tatemodernMany of Reading’s foremost art organisations take over Tate Modern in London this week (23-28 January) . Led by the University of Reading and the Reading International festival, Reading at the Tate Exchange and Reading Assembly showcases creativity at the University, as well as the future plans of a number of well-known Reading cultural organisations and institutions. 

Over the course of the week, members of the public are invited to join students and staff from the University of Reading, working with local and international partner organisations, in a series of free activities under the theme of ‘Production’, engaging with art, design, film and performance. 

The School will also stage Reading Assembly on the 5th floor of Tate Modern’s  Blavatnik Building as part of the Tate Exchange programme on Saturday 27th from 12pm to 5pm. Join some of Reading’s key arts and culture organisations at the exhibition, with talks and presentations from South Street Arts Centre, Open Hand Open Space, Rising Sun Arts Centre, Jelly, Hogarth Productions and Reading International before ending with an open discussion. The focus of the day will be to share ideas and visions for the future of arts and  culture in Reading, with discussions on new ways of working together and future scenarios of new projects and institutions. Admission is free. 

Over the course of the week, workshops include :

  • Imagining London in 2050 through utopian and dystopian visions of a future city.
  • Collaborative clay workshops with ArtLab and partner schools, using clay green screen technology and 3D printing.
  • Pop up sensory museum with PurpleStars, inviting visitors to bring an item to add to the museum.
  • Reading International Partner Summit, a public meeting of Reading International partner organisations who will present and share ideas for the future of art and culture in Reading.
  • Letterpress using historic printing press, plus design, green screen, and video workshops.
  • Tamk Community Art Workshop, ‘What’s Your Story?’, contribute to Tampere School of Art and Design (Finland)’s community art workshop that turns stories into installations, drawings, photographs and videos.
  • Debates performances and interactive activities on the politics of representation and identity and of artistic production.
  • A series of lectures covering a range of topics in art, design, performance and film.

Tina O’Connell, Associate Professor in Art at the University of Reading and the project lead for ArtLab, which leads tategallerywidening participation for ACD said, “We are delighted that the University of Reading and partners have been invited to produce this exciting series of art workshops in the renowned Tate Modern gallery. This is a unique opportunity for our students, local schools and key partners, to work with one of the world’s leading cultural institutions to provide some fun and fascinating activities for visitors to enjoy for free”.

“ArtLab lends itself to public engagement, but in working with Tate we hope that this will have a real impact and take us to a new level of activity. Students will be central to delivering activities, highlighting Reading’s strength in creative arts and providing our students with hands-on experience in collaborating with partners and engaging with the public”.


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