Schools to take over city’s Tate gallery
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.