Schools to take over city’s Tate gallery

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EDGE Hill Univer­sity and Tate Liver­pool are to de­liver a ground-break­ing ed­u­ca­tional pro­gramme that uses iconic art­works in new ways.

From this spring, the in­sti­tu­tions will be­gin their Schools in Res­i­dence pro­gramme.

Hosted in Tate Liver­pool’s art dis­play Ideas De­pot, it in­vites chil­dren, staff, and stu­dents from city re­gion schools to use the gallery as a learn­ing re­source where they will spend a week in res­i­dence and their cur­ricu­lum will be de­liv­ered us­ing ex­hib­ited art­work as a way of teach­ing core sub­jects.

Ideas De­pot fea­tures artists such as Sal­vador Dali, Mona Ha­toum, Henri Matisse, and Chris Ofili in a colour­ful and invit­ing space show­ing iconic paint­ings, sculp­tures, and pho­to­graphs from the Tate col­lec­tion.

The dis­play has been de­signed by ar­chi­tect Sam Ja­cob to re­sem­ble the ways art­works might be stored, usu­ally be­hind the scenes.

In an­tic­i­pa­tion of each res­i­dency – with one tak­ing place per term – the pupils and their teacher will visit be­hind the scenes at Tate Liver­pool to see and se­lect the works they would like on dis­play.

The dis­play has been de­vel­oped in par­al­lel with the ini­tial phases of research Edge Hill Univer­sity Fac­ulty of Ed­u­ca­tion is un­der­tak­ing with Tate Liver­pool and this in­no­va­tive ed­u­ca­tion and com­mu­nity project aims to in­form gallery learn­ing ap­proaches.

The project aims to ex­plore new ways for schools to en­hance and en­rich teach­ing and learn­ing, and for teach­ers, chil­dren and their fam­i­lies to en­joy and de­velop a sense of ‘own­er­ship’ of mu­seum and gallery spa­ces. The Schools in Res­i­dence pro­gramme is the prod­uct of months of work and pi­lot projects. In the first phase, 150 eight to nine-year-old chil­dren par­tic­i­pated in work­shops with Tate Liver­pool artist ed­u­ca­tor Har­ri­ett Hall, pro­gramme man­ager, Dr Deb­o­rah Rid­ing and Edge Hill’s Dr He­len O’Ke­effe, Ni­chola Grimshaw and Cait Tal­bot Lan­ders.

Phase two in­volved classes from LIPA Pri­mary School take up res­i­dency in the gallery for two weeks, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing their planned cur­ricu­lum as usual, but de­liv­ered us­ing many dif­fer­ent spa­ces as their class­room.

Stu­dents and staff from Edge Hill, Tate Liver­pool and the schools in­volved re­flected on their ex­pe­ri­ences at the end of each day and the information gath­ered has helped de­velop the model for the fu­ture Schools in Res­i­dence Pro­gramme.

Dr O’Ke­effe, As­so­ciate Dean of Edge Hill’s Fac­ulty of Ed­u­ca­tion, said: “Ideas De­pot is an ex­cit­ing and in­no­va­tive dis­play which it is hoped will sup­port teach­ers, chil­dren and their fam­i­lies to con­nect with new and dif­fer­ent art­works, see­ing how they link to their own lives and school cur­ricu­lum.”

Ideas De­pot is avail­able for use un­til this sum­mer.

School­child­ren in the gallery at Tate Liver­pool and, left, Dr He­len O’Ke­effe

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