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In partnership with Tate Modern

28 February 2018

What has crochet got to do with computers? On 27 February around 120 London primary school pupils explored just that question at Tate Modern as part of the Tate Exchange programme.

As a Tate Exchange Associate, Education Development Trust's technology hub, London Connected Learning Centre, was on hand to support some 80 nine- and ten-year-olds as they explored Tate Modern's collection. The initiative was part of a wider investigation into reusing, remaking and remixing. The children considered the similarities between computational thinking and craft – such as crochet and knitting – through hands-on making, using digital technologies and recycled materials.

Tate Exchange is an ambitious 'open experiment' which allows organisations and members of the public to participate in Tate’s creative process. It runs events and projects on site, using art as a way of addressing wider issues in the world around us and London Connected Learning Centre has been a Tate Exchange Associate since 2016.

Programmable bunting


This year's theme was 'production' and the pupils were encouraged to think about production and consumption and how digital technologies and innovation have changed the process of designing and making. Pupils looked at the materials and processes used in the works on display and considered why they have been used and how it might change the way they see the art. They also created artworks of their own, remixing sound and digital images, creating a collage of found materials and producing a string of programmable bunting.

Sarah Horrocks, director of London Connected Learning Centre, was at the event: 'What is really exciting about this collaboration with Tate is how it encourages the children to think and make differently. Giving 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. It was fascinating to see how the children reused, remixed and remade Tate's artwork in innovative ways.'

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

To find out more about London Connected Learning Centre, visit londonclc.org.uk (opens in a new window), call 0207 720 7514 or follow @LdnCLC on Twitter (opens in a new window).

To find out more about Tate Exchange, visit tate.org.uk/tateexchange (opens in a new window).

As part of Tate Exchange, London primary school children, supported by London CLC, had unique access to the gallery's spaces and works – and created artwork of their own.