Tate intensive: Making space, Holding space, Giving space

Brought together in a spirit of exchange and collaboration, Tate Intensive participants are asked to contribute in an open and honest way to peer-led discussions throughout the week, drawing on their own experiences and case studies from their respective organisations, as well as exploring new ways of thinking and working.

The programme includes intimate keynotes by leading museum professionals and artists, and workshop sessions attended by members of Tate staff from across the institution. Daily visits to exhibitions and collection displays at Tate Modern, Tate Britain and other London cultural institutions complement discussions held in the Tate Exchange space at Tate Modern.


Tate Intensive comprises around 25 selected participants from around the world. Tate is 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. This intimate group of culture professionals is encouraged to share knowledge and exchange ideas concerning their current practice, as well as discussing new approaches to curating, programming, audience development, governance and digital technology. Participants join an ongoing network with potential for future collaborations.


The 2018 Tate Intensive programme explores who feels welcome and who feels excluded from today’s art institutions: how can we talk about anything else? Discussions will consider the physical, social and conceptual spaces created by art, museums and galleries in the twenty-first century, with key questions including:

  • How might the physical spaces of institutions invite greater audience engagement and inclusion?

  • What art histories are institutions and independent curators producing and prioritising?

  • How might institutions create and maintain spaces for learning, participation and exchange?

  • What is the relationship between the physical and digital spaces of institutions?

  • What alternative institutional models exist – from decontaminating to decolonising museums – and how can they be realised?

  • What forms of continuity or rupture are required at times of profound social, political and artistic change?

Fees, travel and accommodation

The programme costs £1500, which includes lunch and refreshments during the six days. Participants are required to pay their own travel costs to and from London, as well as accommodation and all other expenses. A number of full and partial 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 could contribute to their professional development.

Deadline: 1 December 2017

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