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23rd February, 2017

Royal Holloway introduces Theatres of Exchange at Tate Exchange


Royal Holloway, University of London is excited to be working with Tate as an associate of the Tate Exchange programme.

Tate Exchange is an ambitious ‘open experiment’ which allows other organisations and members of the public to participate in Tate’s creative process, running events and projects on site and using art as a way of addressing wider issues in the world around us.

From 13-17 February 2017, experts from the Department of Drama, Theatre & Dance, Department of Geography and School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures ran a week-long series of public workshops, discussions and interactive investigations looking at how theatre is an exchange between people, art forms and environments that are creative, economic and political.

The week commenced on Monday 13 February with an exploration of influential early twentieth century art movements and an afternoon of conversation about what ‘exchange’ means to researchers from Royal Holloway who work across subjects including performance and curation, immigration and community engagement. The discussion was led by Dr Georgina Guy, Professor Phil Crang, Dr Lynette Goddard, Dr Ruth Hemus and Professor Helen Nicholson.

Other events that took place throughout the week include the discovery of walking as art, looking at the hidden stories of some of London’s iconic landmarks and two workshops especially for children exploring art, theatre and puppetry.

Professor Helen Nicholson, Associate Dean of Arts & Social Sciences commented:

“The invitation to take part in Tate Exchange reflects the outstanding quality of Royal Holloway’s creative community of academics, students and artists. Theatres of Exchange, Royal Holloway’s theme for the week, will explore new questions about the relationship between art, performance and the environment. For Royal Holloway, Tate Exchange provides unique opportunity for collaboration across disciplinary boundaries, and to inform contemporary debates around curation, immigration, participation and art making in Tate’s dynamic space.”

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