Tate Exchange is an ambitious ‘open experiment’ by Tate Modern, London which allows other organisations and members of the public to participate in Tate’s creative process, running projects on site and using art as a way of addressing wider issues in the world around us. During February half term, St Peter’s School and Thomas Tallis School, London and collaborated via PhotoPedagogy.com (a network for art educators ran by St Peter’s Photography teacher, Mr Francis and Thomas Tallis teacher, Mr Nicholls) to deliver a two day event for photography educators. Alongside Jess Williams (Year 13) and Thomas Tallis students, I was given the opportunity to take part in this ‘experiment’ which was also open to the public to drop by and observe. Throughout both days many artists, photographers and teachers attended, conducting workshops and talks, helping teachers to learn new skills to take back to their own classrooms. Jess and I assisted in the running of both days, documenting the event and gaining creative insights alongside valuable work experience. The event was very refreshing and I was able to enjoy the workshops and learning while discovering a love for documentary photography, getting out and about with my camera in a non-classroom environment. The experience was highly motivating and has really boosted my confidence as a photographer.
Maisie Baines, Year 12 Art and Photography student