Learning is a word

Learning is a word, a definition, a term and a concept. As a word it represents the acquisition of knowledge or skills through study, experience, or being taught.

The experience of learning is more than just a word; it is an amalgamation of happenings that bring people, ideas, experiences and knowledge together. So if learning is more than a word how do we share the reflections from those experiences?

Tate has recently launched its first research centre dedicated to learning and looking critically at how we learn with art, in galleries and with artists. The Tate Research Centre: Learning exists to promote research and knowledge exchange but to also highlight the vast wealth of experiences that exist in a learning environment. The Centre is co-created, conversational, speculative and propositional. It sees value in openness and risk and has creative practices at its centre. In the light of openness the aim of the centre is to allow submission of all kinds of research practice from independent researchers, gallery workers, academics, artists, teachers and so on.


In the same way we look at learning in practice we have attempted to develop research avenues that allow the same level of conversation and openness. We see learning as a process that brings about change in the learner, this change does not have to be groundbreaking but change that gives the learner new tools to see things differently. The research centre offers many avenues to discover new ideas as well to share your own. We have developed sections dedicated to research in progress that document the progression of the projects showing the nuts and bolts rather than just a finished article.

Alongside this we have a resource section that links to all other platforms questioning similar topics and a selection of annotated bibliographies from contributors. The aim of this is as a hub for sharing research and learning from across the field.  The key element is to show all that influences learning, from the programming, the theory behind it and the reflections that follow.


The Tate Research Centre: Learning seeks to operate openly and collaboratively to support high quality and innovative research in diverse fields relevant to learning in galleries and to provide a platform for dialogue and debate. We aim to develop research projects as well as hosting conferences and symposia, research-led practice sharing sessions and professional development events.

Find out more and visit the site.

If you want to submit content please read the contributors page.

Convened by Dr Emily Pringle, Head of Learning Practice and Research and co-ordinated by Paul Stewart, Learning Research Assistant, the Tate Research Centre: Learning works with our existing UK and international museum and university partners, but welcomes ideas and proposals for new projects and events.