Tate Intensive: Making Tomorrow’s Art Museum

Tate Intensive: Making Tomorrow’s Art Museum


Tate Modern. Image: Peter Saville.
February 5, 2016
Tate Intensive: Making Tomorrow’s Art Museum

July 4–8, 2016, 9–18.30h

Application deadline: March 14, noon (GMT)

Tate Modern
London SE1 9TG
United Kingdom


This week-long programme held in the new Tate Modern offers an exceptional opportunity to explore key questions facing art galleries and museums in the twenty-first century. It provides unparalleled access to the thinking, planning and practicalities involved in running a major museum. Through a rich, varied and intensive programme of activities, discussions and visits, an intimate group of culture professionals from across the globe will come together to share knowledge and exchange ideas concerning current practices and emerging trends that are shaping cultural institutions. The programme is designed to offer a dynamic and collaborative space for critical thinking, experimentation and innovation, alongside the development of practical skills. Participants will draw upon their own experiences and competencies to develop new approaches towards curating, programming, audience development and digital technology, while concepts such as public engagement, accountability and collaboration will be explored in detail. Participants will form an ongoing network of culture professionals with potential for future collaborations.

Tate Intensive will comprise around 25 selected participants from around the world. We are actively seeking a diverse range of professionals working in art galleries, museums and other cultural institutions at different stages of their careers, in a wide range of countries.

Tate Intensive is based on exchange and collaboration. Participants will be joined for a series of workshops by contributors including senior members of Tate staff, leading museum professionals and artists, as well as representatives of the Plus Tate network of UK visual art institutions. Daily visits to exhibitions and collection displays at Tate Modern and other London museums and galleries will complement discussions held in the new Switch House spaces at Tate Modern.

Key questions
A number of key questions will shape discussions in the programme, including:
–How are forms of exhibition display changing?
–How do institutions create and interact with audiences?
–How does a museum relate to its local community?
–How can museums use digital media to connect better with their audiences?
–What shared methods of collaboration can be used both locally and globally?

Fees, travel and accommodation
The programme costs 1950.00 GBP, which includes breakfast, lunch and daily refreshments during the week. Participants will be required to pay their own travel costs to and from London, as well as accommodation and all other expenses. A number of bursaries covering course fees, travel and accommodation are available, and will be awarded on merit. Applicants who wish to be considered for a bursary should include an additional statement (max. 500 words) with their application, outlining how the Tate Intensive programme will contribute to their professional development.

There are no formal entry requirements, though we strongly recommend that applicants have at least two years’ experience working with or in an art gallery, museum or related cultural institution. Applications open on January 22 and close at noon UK time on March 14. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place in the week beginning March 28. Successful candidates will be informed by Friday, April 8. Prospective participants are asked to submit the following information:
–a CV summarising your professional experience and skills (max. 2 pages).
–a short statement (max. 500 words) explaining why you would like to participate in Tate Intensive, and what questions you would most like to discuss within the programme.
–a short description (max. 500 words) of a project you have been involved in, and the issues it raised concerning the role of art galleries and museums in the twenty-first century.

Please send this information attached to an email with the subject “Tate Intensive 2016 Application” to: [email protected].

If you have any questions about the Tate Intensive programme, please contact Emily Vigliar, Manager, International Programmes, Tate, at: [email protected].

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