At Tate Exchange 18 - 22 April 2018

From 12–6pm

Between 1989 and 1995 the Southwark Education Research Project engaged over 1,500 children and teachers by placing artists in fifteen schools across the London borough of Southwark. For this radical project, artists John Latham, Barbara Steveni, Rita Keegan, Carlyle Reedy and David Carr looked at the role of contemporary art in relation to learning and educational restructuring. This exhibition revisits SERP’s significance at a time when the arts in education are increasingly under threat from shifts in policy and the contraction of opportunity for young people to engage with art and culture in-school.

At Tate Exchange you will have the opportunity to learn about the radical Southwark Education Research Project and take part in reactivating its archive with artists Barbara Steveni and Barby Asante.

  • Be part of the recreation of Recycle & Discuss by British conceptual artist John Latham – create your own sculpture made from rubbish and join in the debate.
  • Discover the original Southwark Puzzle by Rita Keegan and join students at Charter School in performing the archive.
  • Talk to students from University of the Arts London about arts in education and contribute your views to the SERP Vox Pops. 
  • Find out why the concept of the ‘open brief’ and its role in artist placement in schools was so critical. Watch recent oral history testimonies from SERP participants and see original archival material. 
  • Be inspired by original artworks and banners and how they are reimagined in our current times. Take part in the free talks and events including critical voices from arts and education exploring the need for this project to take place right now. 


This event is programmed by Peckham Platform, a Tate Exchange Associate.


Tate Exchange, Blavatnik Building, Level 5

Bankside, London SE1 9TG

 (SERP Reactivated at Tate Exchange 1)


Events tale place at Tate Exchange.

Blavatnik Building, Level 5, Tate Modern, London, SE1 9TG 

SERP Reactivated: Ethics of Engagement

17 April 2pm – 4pm

Join this discussion on the ethics of public engagement and artistic intervention in communities; and the critical influence that the ‘open brief’ developed by Artist Placement Group has had on social practice today.

Facilitated by Gilane Tawadros Chief Executive at DACS and Vice-Chair of the Stuart Hall Foundation with the artists Franklyn Rodgers and Barbara Steveni, recipient of ART360 and Barby Asante, along with Emily Druiff CEO at Peckham Platform.

SERP Reactivated: Curricula Of The Future

21 April 2-4pm

An opportunity to see ‘Performing the Curricular’ by students at The Charter School participating in SERP Reactivated. Followed by a conversation to reimagine a ‘future curricula’, facilitated by Janna Graham practice based researcher at Goldsmiths and a key figure in what has been termed the ‘educational turn’.

Joining the conversation will be original SERP artist Rita Keegan, students from The Charter School and from University of the Arts London as well as Sophie Leach, AD magazine Editor, and formally subject leader for art and design at The Charter School.

This will be followed by a break out session to reimagine a ‘future curricula’. Light refreshments served.


21 April

Performing the Curricular by Barby Asante and young people at The Charter School participating in SERP Reactivated.

This is a durational work and actions will occur throughout the day.