Making Learning at Tate Exchange – exploring creative learning in education
From Monday 23 to Wednesday 25 January 2017, Plymouth College of Art and Plymouth School of Creative Arts extend a public invitation to explore creative learning over three days of Making Learning events at Tate Modern, as part of Tate Exchange.
Students of all ages will explore new horizons in our intergenerational and interdisciplinary Making Learning: Pop-Up School. The school will create itself alongside the Making Learning: Symposium, where provocateurs including Henry Ward, Head of Education at the Freelands Foundation, Jo Hunter, co-founder of 64 Million Artists, and Irini Papadimitriou, Digital Programmes Manager at the V&A and Head of New Media Arts Development at Watermans, will conduct a collaborative inquiry into learning, through a series of provocations and audience debates.
Visitors to Tate are invited to drop in, observe, ask questions, take part in the Making Learning: Pop-Up School and Symposium on Level 5 of the Switch House at Tate Modern, and leave their thoughts about creative education using our diary room and graffiti wall.
The Making Learning: Pop-Up School and Symposium at Tate Exchange is a partnership between Plymouth College of Art and Plymouth School of Creative Arts. Collectively, the college and school offer a progressive continuum of creative learning and practice from age three to Masters level in the South West of England.
Making Learning: Pop-up School - Monday 23, Tuesday 24 & Wednesday 25 January 2017
Over the course of three days, a group of students of all ages across the continuum of creative education, as well as staff and practitioners from Plymouth, will set up a pop-up school in Tate Modern as a new horizon for their creative learning.
They will explore the museum environment as a place of exchange, trust, generosity, openness – and risk – as they pursue their creative inquiry in the public gaze.
From immersing themselves in the Tate Modern to think about how the context of the environment changes the experience, to making meaning and repositioning their perspectives as a result, our students will apply the principles of inquiry through making to the Making Learning: Pop-Up School as a whole.
Participants of the pop-up school at Tate Exchange will contribute to a shared understanding of how learning is made, asking questions such as: What will you make of this? What is Tate Modern as a place of learning? And what’s your role from now on in making learning?
Making Learning: Symposium - Monday 23 & Tuesday 24 January 2017
Alongside the Making Learning: Pop-Up School, the Making Learning: Symposium takes the form of invited provocations and open debate. Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth School of Creative Arts and invited guests will explore the transformational potential of creative learning and the future of arts education.
Making is as important as reading and writing, or mathematics and science. As such, the theme of our symposium is a call to activism: if ‘power separates people from what they can do’, then what shall we do?
Provocateurs at the symposium will include:
- Henry Ward, Head of Education at the Freelands Foundation
- Jo Hunter, Co-Founder of 64 Million Artists
- Irini Papadimitriou, Digital Programmes Manager at the V&A and Head of New Media Arts Development at Watermans
- Maisie Bowes, a Freelance Designer exploring how interactive design can bring about positive social change
- Professor Andrew Brewerton, Principal of Plymouth College of Art
- Dave Strudwick, Headteacher of Plymouth School of Creative Arts
A collaborative inquiry into learning
With a programme of simultaneous events taking place in Tate Modern, Plymouth College of Art and Plymouth School of Creative Arts, developments in the Making Learning: Pop-Up School will feed into the dialogue taking place in the Making Learning: Symposium and influence the development of a series of events across Plymouth.
"Making Learning at Tate Exchange is a springboard – the start of a very big conversation on creative pedagogy that we’re developing, initially in the form of a symposium and pop-up school, but in other forms in future," said Professor Andrew Brewerton, Principal of Plymouth College of Art.
"There’s a deliberate ambiguity about the precise meaning of Making Learning," Andrew continued.
"The core can be clearly defined as learning, teaching and research throughout the full educational continuum, from early years to lifelong creative practice, research and professional development. It’s making learning and it’s also making as learning."
"I’m interested by Ai Weiwei’s quote that ‘Creativity is part of human nature, it can only be untaught.’ Through Making Learning we want to confront the relationship between creativity and teaching, and creativity and unteaching, particularly in relation to the continuum of creative education that was established when we founded Plymouth School of Creative Arts."
"The continuum project is attracting international attention and quickly becoming the hallmark of our distinctiveness as an HEI – Making Learning will allow us to invite active reflection on what we believe to be a unique pedagogy."
Join the conversation
Use the #MakingLearning hashtag to participate in the dialogue about the future of creative education or visit tate.org.uk/tateexchange for more information about the Tate Exchange project.