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Tate Exchange, Liverpool

Tate Liverpool is an executive non-departmental public body and an exempt charity. Its mission is to increase the public’s enjoyment and understanding of British art from the 16th century to the present day and of international modern and contemporary art

Coming up

4 – 28 April 2019
Illuminating the Wilderness is a new work made by Project Art Works’ artists Kate Adams and Tim Corrigan, in collaboration with artists Ben Rivers, Margaret Salmon, and Project Art Works’ artists and makers, their families and support teams. The film follows the shared experience of days spent together investigating a remote Scottish glen, as well as the pleasures and challenges of neurodiverse responses to the landscape. The explorers stay in lodges among trees and venture out to find a small island. They travel about in a convoy of 4x4 vehicles and share a night in a remote bothy under a crisp night sky. This gives way to torrential rain during the early morning retreat back to base. Moments of humour and tender consideration for each other are revealed as the film unfolds in and around the landscape and weather systems of the mountains.

 Complementing the film is an evolving installation of artwork made in collaboration with neurodiversepeople and groups from Social Care organisations across Merseyside including Natural Breaks, Options for Supported Living, Blue Room, and Thingwall Resource Centre. Initially a series of huge blank paper banners, the installation will be increasingly populated by drawings and paintings made by the groups as well as general visitors taking part in gallery workshops throughout the presentation.

Lindsey Fryer, Head of Learning, Tate Liverpool said: ‘We are delighted to collaborate with Project Art Works, an organisation that shares the same commitment as Tate to make arts and culture accessible to all.’

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The story so far

Explorers at Tate Exchange, 10-13 September 2018

Peter has never had the chance to work with artists before so the Explorers Project was a great opportunity for him to take part in something that was fully inclusive. The artist who worked with Peter took the time to try different mediums for Peter to work with, first he used pastels, then paints on canvas and on acetate. He really enjoyed the chance to express himself using art and it was lovely to see him talking to the artist.
— Natural Breaks, Liverpool

Project Art Works took over Tate Exchange Liverpool between 10-13 September. Together with artists, academics, social care specialists and people with learning disabilities in Liverpool, we held public discussions, film screenings, debates and activities about cultural inclusion, collaboration, and social responsibility.

The programme of events included a tour around the Tate archive by Bluecoats Members. To see the full programme download it here.

To read about the event from a participants perspective please read this blog post from Natural Breaks.

Tate Exchange Awareness, August 2017

During the Tate Exchange Installation, we led 6 workshops over 3 days for local neurodiverse participants in the Tate Clore Learning Studio  with a live film link directly into the Exchange space. We worked with 41 participants from 11 organisations including 2 we had worked with in previous encounters while working with FACT in Liverpool in 2012 and 2015. After the workshops we installed Peter Hudson’s installation In Colour (see the Fabrica co-commission) in the Clore Studio enabling visitors a further immersive interactive opportunity. We also ran a short Awareness Raising session for Tate staff, which took place in the Exchange space and was attended by 14 staff members.


“Give my love to everyone and say thanks from all the guys. They are so proud of the work they produced and have uploaded some of it on to our website.” - Angela Myveld - Day Services Co-ordinator, Acorn Farm

Tate Exchange, Tate Liverpool 28 August – 3 September 2017

For a week at the end of August 2017 Project Art Works took over the Tate Exchange space in Tate Liverpool. Project Art Works created an installation in which visitors could learn about what we do and take part in conversations about subjects relevant to people with complex needs. We projected films from our archive and offered interactions with people who came into the space.

A series of tree portraits were made by the Tate Exchange visitors over the week and are being made into a short animation. Throughout the duration of the installation we had 973 visitors including a number of families with children who had complex needs.

[on the Tate Exchange exhibition] “…Our brief chat was both interesting and thought -provoking to me and reading the various articles in the Anthology, reinforced the idea of the value of art as a process. Bit like the old adage, it's not the destination that's most important but the journey to reach it. If I had taken that view on board myself, long ago, rather than seeing 'Art' as a product (through my efforts, invariably a disappointing product) then perhaps 'artistic creativity' might have been more central to my life experience... so far!   I say 'so far' as I intend to 'draw that tree' from now on : not sure what form it will take or what medium ....but I am working on it. Thanks very much for the inspiration and good luck in your ventures with Project Art Works.” - Stephen Barlow

During our time in Liverpool we have been fortunate to work with the following organisations:

Thingwall Resource CentreMoving On With Life And Learning (MOWLL)Natural BreaksPerson Centred Support (PSS)Options For Supported LivingMencap LiverpoolAcorn Farm Day ServicesBlue Room at The BluecoatPeople First MerseysideYour Voice Your ChoiceOakfield Day Service, Active Community Enterprise, Steady Chefs

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