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South London schoolchildren to reuse, remake and remix art at Tate Modern

London Connected Learning Centre is a Tate Exchange Associate

February 22, 2018, LONDON, UK. Press Dispensary. What’s crochet got to do with computers? On 27 February around 120 pupils from south London primary schools will be exploring just that question at Tate Modern as part of the Tate Exchange programme.

Working with London Connected Learning Centre, which supports schools to use digital technologies to enhance learning, the nine- and ten-year-olds from London schools will respond to Tate Modern’s collection as part of an investigation into reusing, remaking and remixing. The children will explore the similarities between computational thinking, programming and craft, such as crochet and knitting, through hands-on making using digital technologies and recycled materials.

It is enabled through Tate Exchange, an ambitious ‘open experiment’ which allows other organisations and members of the public to participate in Tate’s creative process, running events and projects on site and using art as a way of addressing wider issues in the world around us.

This year’s theme is ‘production’ and the pupils will be encouraged to think about production and consumption and how digital technologies and innovation have changed the process of designing and making. Pupils will look at how the materials and processes used in the works on display in the Tate gallery, why they have been used and how this might change the way they see the art.

Sarah Horrocks, director of London Connected Learning Centre, says: “What is really exciting about this collaboration with Tate is how it encourages the children to think and make differently. Giving 80 or so children the freedom of Tate’s rich galleries and artwork opens up a learning experience distinct from the normal school world and provides plenty of space for experimenting and developing ideas. We’re really looking forward to seeing how the children reuse, remix and remake Tate’s artwork in innovative ways.”

London Connected Learning Centre is a Tate Exchange Associate and it is the second year it has involved London schools in the programme. Last year’s event explored how pupils from eight different schools across London responded to their city through virtual worlds, soundscapes and 3d designs.

To find out more about the London Connected Learning Centre, please visit, call 0207 720 7514 or follow @LdnCLC on Twitter.

Images of children exploring and creating City Spaces from last year’s Tate Exchange project are available.

To find out more about Tate Exchange please visit For press information about Tate please email or call 0207 887 8730. For high-resolution images visit

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The participating schools are:

Archbishop Sumner Primary - @AbsSumnerSE11

Christ Church Streatham Primary - @ChristChurchSW2

Crown Lane Primary - @CorwnLaneSchool

Handsworth Primary - @HandsworthNews

Henry Cavendish Primary - @henry_cavendish

Hill Mead Primary - @HillMeadPrimary

Immanuel and St. Andrew CE Primary - @immanuelprimary

St. Andrews CE Primary - @StAndrewsSW9

St Jude’s Primary - @stjudeslambeth

Stockwell Primary

Woodmansterne Primary - @WoodySchool

Find out more about what the children will be doing on the day on the London CLC blog:

London Connected Learning Centre

London Connected Learning Centre, part of Education Development Trust, supports schools to use digital technologies to enhance learning. The centre’s Digital Leader Programme supports young people who have taken on a role championing the creative use of digital technologies amongst their peers, teachers and community.

Tate Exchange Associates

Organisations from a wide range of fields well beyond the gallery’s normal reach have become Associates of Tate Exchange. This group programme the dedicated spaces at Tate Modern and Tate Liverpool. Working in a spirit of generosity, openness and trust, the Associates collaborate with one another around an annual theme inspired by the art on display. Now in its second year, Tate Exchange has expanded its group of Associates to 60 partners, while consistently seeking to engage audiences which are new to the museum. For the full list of Associates and more information please visit

For further information please contact
Sarah Horrocks, London Connected Learning Centre
Tel: 0207 720 7514
Twitter: @LdnCLC

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Sarah Horrocks
Tel: 0207 720 7514
Twitter: @LdnCLC

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