I Am At Tate Exchange Festival
A unique collaboration between D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse young people, their schools, and A New Direction
I Am At Tate Exchange Festival is an ambitious partnership between A New Direction, Tate Exchange and 25 special schools from across London. The festival works to advocate for richer cultural opportunities for D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse children and young people, while celebrating their creativity and making disability more visible in London’s cultural venues.
This year's festival took place from 26th-30th March on Level 5 of the Blavatnik Building, Tate Modern. Now in its third year, the 2019 festival explored the theme of 'Movement', with schools responding to the theme using their own creative interpretations.
The majority of the activity at the festival was devised and curated by students and teachers, and offered an insight into the vital role the arts play in special school education. The festival was open to the public, and we were delighted to welcome gallery visitors over the course of the week.
Schedule of activities
Tuesday 26 March
Create Your Own Feathers
The Complete Works will be with us all week offering visitors the chance to make their own feathers and see themselves fly!
We're delighted to have Corali Dance Company joining us to lead an interactive dance workshop - suitable for all ages and abilities.
Samba Music Workshop & Performance
Feel the rhythm with Ickburgh School and Live Music Now, as they share their samba secrets in this special performance and workshop.
10 Minute Talk
1.15pm - Blavatnik Building, Level 4 West
On Tuesday and Saturday Garratt Park School will be doing a Tate 10 Minute Talk on the artwork 'Pavilion' by Monica Sosnowska. The pupils have worked alongside Corali Dance Company over several weeks to prepare for this.
10 Minute Talk
1.30pm - Blavatnik Building, Level 3
Throughout the week a film based on the artwork 'Brinco' by Judi Werthein will be showing on loop in the Tate Exchange room. This film was made in collaboration with Beatrice Tate School, Garratt Park School & Ickburgh School. Join Beatrice Tate students at the artwork itself to hear why they chose to make it the focus of their film.
Wednesday 27 March
I Am Movement!
Students from Parayhouse School will present their own political demonstration, moving through the Turbine Hall and into the Blavatnik Building, with a collection of individual works based on the work of Bob & Roberta Smith.
Lucky Move & Draw!
Parayhouse School have devised a giant movement drawing game using symbols, based on the work of Julie Mehretu, for visitors to play and add to in the Southwark Room all day.
Sound Sharing, Inspired by Franz West
12 - 12.20pm
Join students from Marjorie McClure to create mini versions of 'Epiphanie an Stuhlen' by Franz West, followed by a musical performance inspired by the piece, featuring students from Riverside School.
12.45 - 1.15pm
Eastbury Community School's student choir will treat visitors to a performance of some of their favourite songs using British Sign Language (BSL).
1.15 - 1.45pm
The Vale School’s band, Backdrop, are inviting audiences to join them for a very ‘special’ music lesson. Come create and perform your song and become part of the band.
10 Minute Talk
1.30pm - Natalie Bell Building, Level 2 East
Eastbury School will be sharing their responses to 'Untitled' by Ernest Mancoba in a Tate 10 Minute Talk.
Thursday 28 March
11.15 - 11.30am, and 11.45 - 12pm
With the Bauhaus celebrating its centenary this year, The Garden School bring their Bauhaus ballet to I Am At Tate Exchange Festival. See if you can spot them on Level 2 of the Blavatnik Building outside the Franz West exhibition as they lead a procession through the Tate gallery!
Make Your Own Carnival Mask
Frederick Hugh House invite visitors to come and make their own carnival masks before joining in a march with other schools, featuring samba drums and dancing.
Teachers from Westminster Special Schools will be leading students and visitors in interactive sculpture exercises throughout the day. Come along and get creative!
Attention Autism Workshop
12 - 12.20pm
The Garden School will lead students, teachers and the public in a workshop exploring communication and autism.
12.15 - 12.45pm
Join Whitefield School in the Southwark Room as they use music & props to create an exciting collaborative story!
Paul Pearce and Lynne Castle from St Giles School will be setting up an interactive space for the general public and those working in the cultural sector. You are invited to take part in an interactive sensory story of Gorilla Loves Vanilla along with games and tech used in Special Educational Needs Disabilities education. Open for all from 3.30pm onwards.
The Big Change Series #3: LEARN
3pm - 6pm
The Big Change Series is designed to support London’s cultural sector with a space for innovation, challenge and learning. The final event in the series will be focussed on inclusive learning outcomes for young people, what they mean for learners themselves, and how these are measured.
It will showcase the amazing work done at I Am At Tate Exchange Festival with teachers and students from A New Direction’s SEND Network and the Tate Learning team.
Young creatives taking part in Create Jobs' Creativity Works: Arts Festival Leaders programme will also curate and facilitate workshops in and around Tate Exchange, using and sharing learning from festival delivery and development.
Friday 29 March
Mapping The Floor
Jack Tizard School will be making the Tate Exchange floor into a piece of art inspired by the works of Jim Lambie. Come and get involved!
All of the schools joining us on Friday - Woodfield, Northway, Sybil Elgar and Jack Tizard - will be collaborating throughout the day on a series of artworks, and would love members of the public to join in the fun.
I Am Sculpture
What kind of 'I am' are you and how do we relate to one another? This is the question Perseid School will be asking visitors in this interactive sculpture activity.
Tate Modern will be hosting a Tate Late on Friday 29th March, and we've got the brilliant Vale school band, Backdrop, ready to rock your socks off! Young creatives will also be leading an activity in the space, as part of our Creativity Works: Arts Festival Leaders employability course.
Saturday 30 March
The Children's Gallery
A gallery for children, by children. Our Arts Festival Leaders will be leading tool-making and printing workshops, a collaborative mural, and creating a pop-up gallery. Open to families and children of all ages and abilities.
12pm & 2.45pm
The Vale school band, Backdrop, will be joining us for two public performances on Saturday. They brought the house down at last year's festival, so this is one not to be missed!
Join Garratt Park students and teachers in a drama workshop, suitable for all ages and abilities.
1.15pm & 2pm
The Vale will be laying down their instruments and putting on their dancing shoes for two dance workshops. Both are open to the public and accessible for everyone.
10 Minute Talk
1.15pm - Natalie Bell Building Level 2
Students at Ickburgh School will be giving a 10 minute talk in response to The Snail by Henri Matisse.
10 Minute Talk
1.30pm - Blavatnik Building, Level 4 West
Following on from Ickburgh, Garratt Park will be giving a talk on Pavilion by Monika Sosnowska.
Highlights from last year’s festival included sensory dance and drama workshops, spontaneous music making, free play using found materials and the first ever non-verbal 10 Minute Talk at Tate.