The Freelands Foundation‘s Occupation of Tate Exchange starts today (Sunday 2nd April), in partnership with the Institute of Education (IoE)/ University College London (UCL), and runs until Tuesday (4th). The Occupation seeks to broaden audiences of Art and redress the focus of STEM subjects at the expense of arts in school curriculums.
Artist and former teacher Henry Ward is Head of Education at the Freelands Foundation explained:
“Art is an essential part of a broad and balanced education. The UK has a tremendous global reputation for the cultural contribution it makes, from the visual arts and design through to music, drama and film. The current emphasis however on a narrow core in our school curriculum is endangering this, and now, more than ever, it is vital that we recognise the value that art education brings to society. Freelands Foundation’s partnership with UCL Institute of Education is about investing in art teachers at the very beginning of their careers. The work we are doing is about critically evaluating the practice of the art teacher and the spaces that art education occupies.”
The Occupation has an exciting range of events for anyone interested in the state of art education and access. These include interactive art works, performance pieces, panel discussions around education in the arts, screenings from PGCE students of IoE and UCL, and family workshops run by art teachers, such as Kate Warner’s “Mapping Tate Modern”. There will also be drop-in “parents evening” sessions where you can discuss your issues and questions about art education, devised by Jack Goffe. A detailed programme is available through the Tate.
The Freelands Foundation is Elisabeth Murdoch’s research and funding body that supports and funds artists, cultural institutions and education surrounding them, to broaden audiences including young people of all backgrounds for visual arts.