This residency took the form of weekly workshops with classes of students ranging from primary to sixth form level. Workshops were held in the galleries of Tate Modern and Tate Britain during the academic year starting in September 2018. Students and their teachers were led by contemporary artist Jacob v Joyce to encounter artworks via critical and creative disruptions. These action oriented workshops employed movement, play, drawing and sculpture to contest the ways we traditionally look at art and move through galleries. Joyce’s workshops addressed the colonial history of the British Empire through games that took the form of historical reenactments, new world map building exercises and noise demonstrations that protested the overt and covert policing at play within the gallery.
During their residency Jacob was invited to create a teaching resource that can be used by schools visiting Tate Galleries. This Resource is part of a series of artist devised activities commissioned by the Tate Schools and Learning team.
The schools artist residency workshops are developed over a year and all sessions take a radical approach, inviting students to learn about themselves and others by engaging with artworks in a public setting. The conversations started in response to the collection are designed to encourage students to ask questions, develop opinions and take ownership of the gallery.