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Tate inspires creativity at home this Christmas with films, activities, exhibition guides and more

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From getting creative with online activities, visiting artists in their studios, going behind the scenes of the galleries, or exploring exhibitions through film and music, Tate is offering a wide range of resources, games and videos to provide entertainment and to help keep people feeling inspired at home over the festive period.

The public can go behind the scenes at Tate in a new film exploring how our Collection Care and Curatorial teams have been working together to find new ways of looking after art in these exceptional times. Hear from art handlers, conservators, archivists and registrars as they discuss the challenges of transporting, installing and preparing artworks during the coronavirus pandemic.

While Tate’s London galleries are closed in line with Tier 3 restrictions, there are many opportunities for visitors around the world to still experience exhibitions online. In response to Zanele Muholi at Tate Modern, members of the QTIPOC community reflect on their experience of ‘home’ and ‘love’ in the poignant, From a Place of Love. Hear directly from Muholi in a short film discussing their work and inspiration, or discover the music that inspires Lynette Yiadom-Boakye in this playlist curated by the artist to accompany her exhibition at Tate Britain. There are in-depth exhibition guides for all shows to read online including Bruce Nauman at Tate Modern and Turner’s Modern World at Tate Britain. Tate St Ives remains open to visitors but people who are unable to travel can also explore the exhibition guide to Haegue Yang: Strange Attractors online. For those wanting to immerse themselves inside the galleries, all Tate Members have exclusive access to filmed curator tours of current exhibitions, including Bruce Nauman at Tate Modern and Don McCullin at Tate Liverpool.

A huge range of artist interviews are available to view on Tate’s YouTube channel, including a moving new film with Aliza Nisenbaum introducing the NHS key workers who were the subjects for her recently opened exhibition at Tate Liverpool. For those looking forward to Tate’s 2021 exhibitions, a variety of films offer insights into the artists featured in our upcoming programme. Go behind the scenes of Lubaina Himid’s studio in an interview with the artist, find out more about Yayoi Kusama’s obsession with polka dots on Tate’s YouTube and listen to Paula Rego talk about the importance of drawing and printmaking to her practice.

Our monthly Late at Tate Britain *Online and Uniqlo Tate Lates: Night In events took place earlier in December and are available to watch back on Late at Tate Britain *Online shared a series of creative responses to Turner’s Modern World while Uniqlo Tate Lates: Night In included music, poetry and talks looking at the work of Bruce Nauman. The latest issue of Tate Etc is also available to read online, offering further insight into the current exhibition programme. This includes an interview with Chila Kuamri Singh Burman discussing her uplifting new Winter Commission that has transformed Tate Britain’s iconic façade on Milbank and remains accessible while the gallery is closed. A personal account of Bruce Nauman by his long-time friend Peter Plagens, and an exploration of JMW Turner’s painting Slave Ship by playwright Winsome Pinnock also feature.

Tate Kids offers a range of free art activities, quizzes, films and educational resources that the whole family can enjoy. Through the dedicated website, children can learn about art in fun and inventive ways. Artist-inspired activities offer opportunities for young people of all ages to get creative using materials found at home. Recent videos include learning how to use your body to make art with Harold Offeh and a workshop showing viewers how to draw a friend with Joey Yu. Children can create and upload their own digital artworks with Tate Paint and play online games and quizzes inspired by artists in the Tate collection, such as ‘Which Arty Fairy Are You?’

Discover more about Tate collection works and current exhibitions by following us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. A recent IGTV with London-based artist Eve De Haan looks at the process behind working with neon, taking inspiration from Bruce Nauman.

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