Tate Britain Ideas Factory

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The culmination of more than three month’s collaboration between 200 young people, three East London schools, Tate Britain and Tate & Lyle will be launched at a special reception on Saturday (29 June). The Tate Britain Ideas Factory family day is an exhibition with a difference and will be open from the 29 June to 12 July, profiling the work of Newham school children between the ages of 7 to 11. Tate Britain and Tate & Lyle PLC have developed this innovative project, which uses art to develop language skills and literacy – and inspire creativity. Following a series of workshops with gallery artists, pupils developed their own response to original pieces of art at Tate Britain. The result is a brilliant children’s collection which includes pieces such as a sound sculpture, a Roman mosaic, performance poems, as well as many paintings, drawings and pieces of writing. The Ideas Factory family day will be held on the 29 June. Two hundred children, together with their families, will arrive on a series of double-decker buses and spend the day at the gallery. Project artists will run workshops and artist story-tellers will be on hand to amuse children and parents alike! There will be a presentation of certificates for schools and children, and a special website displaying all the work of the children will be launched. For many of the children involved in the Ideas Factory, English is a second language. For these children in particular art has proved an expressive way of overcoming language difficulties. Gallery artists and teachers have worked together to develop creative ways of improving literacy. Teachers have found the programme a powerful stimulus for developing language, reading and writing skills and have already seen results. Joanna Banham, Head of Public Programmes at Tate Britain said: "We are delighted to have this opportunity to extend our educational programmes and it has been a great pleasure to work more closely with Newham schools. The enthusiasm of teachers and pupils has been both infectious and inspiring. We are extremely proud of the work the pupils have done. We hope the project will encourage other schools to include the use of art works in their teaching of literacy." Tate & Lyle PLC is sponsoring the 2002 Ideas Factory, and will be sponsoring the event for a further two years. "Tate & Lyle is proud to have helped bring this creative and fun learning opportunity to the young students of Newham" said Larry Pillard, Chief Executive of Tate & Lyle PLC. "The Ideas Factory complements our Corporate Community Involvement programme with its strategic emphasis on support for education. I very much look forward to celebrating the students' achievements on 29 June." The programme has been built upon the teaching approaches pioneered by Visual Paths, a successful art and literacy project which has been running at the Tate Britain for the last three years.
- Schools involved in the scheme include Upton Cross Primary, North Beckton Primary and Sheringham Junior Schools - The exhibition will be held in the Clore Foyer of the Tate Britain

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