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Posted 24.02.17

From London to Plymouth: transforming education across our continuum

By Maxine Aylett

Earlier this year a team of staff and students from across our continuum of creative education transformed the 5th floor of Tate, at our Making Learning: Pop-up School and Symposium.

As they created an interactive and debate-fuelled space, students in Plymouth responded in real time via two-way live streams to the provocations taking shape in London.

Our Tate Exchange takeover was digitally streamed to both our undergraduate and pre-degree campuses as well as Plymouth School of Creative Arts, with hourly updates broadcast direct from Tate to our sites in Plymouth.

Participants used the live stream to collaborate on artwork, share experiences and challenge each other’s concepts of creative education.

The result? Three days of experimental inquiry into what creative education could look like — of debating, making and rule breaking.

Students picked out provocations, turning them into typographic prints and DIY riso posters.

Day one saw BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing and Printmaking students use large-scale collaborative drawing to respond to the maker space at Tate.

Directives and provocations were pitched via live stream from London, as facilitators as young as nine asked — how do you draw silence? What happens when you sketch blindfolded? Artists created a sprawling graffiti wall and picked out key 2D concepts, recreating them as 3D artefacts in our FabLab and 3D Design Craft workshops.

Artists experimented with mark making and kinetic patterns at our pre-degree campus.

Over at our pre-degree campus Palace Court, students explored the essentials of creative education — how we learn, how we make, and the role tools and movement play in creating art.

Deconstructing the process of mark making they built DIY tools and drawing machines using found objects, suspending them from ceilings to create organic, kinetic patterns.

"Using a tool or a paintbrush ask —  is it creating the art, or are you?"  — Maddy Blyth, Pre-Degree Curriculum Manager - Art

As provocations evolved at Tate on day two — graffitied on walls, tweeted, or spoken at our symposium — students transformed this commentary into punchy typographic prints using our letterpress, screenprinting kit and riso printer on campus.

Young curators from Plymouth School of Creative Arts shared their collaged sketchbooks via digital broadcast, inspiring artist Joanne Tyler to create a performative piece ‘Light Up’; project participants turned handmade slides into light installations, interacting with the projections through movement and performance.

Joanne Tyler’s group performance piece ‘Light Up’ created a visual dialogue using projections, light installations and movement.

Artists from our pre-degree courses used their 2D artwork as inspiration for day two, translating the results of their mark-making experiments into 3D sculptures.

Investigating how physical engagement changed their relationship to the work, movement became tangible as paper spirals, spikes and patterns hung from ceilings, turning the Palace Court corridors into a pop-up exhibition space.

The final day of our Tate Exchange takeover culminated in an expansive, collective print that took over our undergraduate studios.

Punctuated with provocations from our post-it note wall at Tate, artists experimented with mixed media, textures and print processes to create a promo banner that sparked debate ahead of The Arts Student Convention 2017.

Painting, drawing and printmaking students collaborated on a mixed-media graffiti banner ahead of The Arts Student Convention 2017.

Students at Palace Court took the final step in their artistic journey and incorporated a 4D element to their problem-solving process, defining and challenging what it means to record, document and capture creativity digitally.

Working within a time-based brief they directed, filmed and edited short films in groups, capturing vox pops and interviews to reflect on their learning experiences from the past three days.  

Pre-degree students learnt to direct, film and edit shorts to a creative brief in one day.

Flip through the best photos from our Tate Exchange events in Plymouth and join the conversation on social using #MakingLearning.

Thank you to our kind sponsors Great Western Railway and The Fine Art Collective for supporting our journey to Tate Exchange.

Photos taken by Tom Loveder, BA (Hons) Photography and Jordan Mortlock, Extended Diploma in Photography.

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