July events at Tate Britain

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Ian Hamilton Finlay
boatsAdmission Free
One-room installation, Sailing Dinghy, 1996, comprising sailing boat, poem and wall texts.  Sculpture and words are combined to fire the imagination and evoke a dramatic journey across the sea in Ian Hamilton Finlay’s Sailing Dinghy 1996. Powerful poetry provides the backdrop to the artist’s own ‘clinkerbuilt’ boat in this inspirational installation.

Art Trolley: In the summer holidays
Every weekend 11.00–17.00
Every day in August 11am-5pm
Admission Free, for all ages

Make a beeline for the Art Trolley and pick up some fun activities and materials for making art. New things to do include writing your own song, designing a mini garden or making a 3D collage out of ‘found’ materials. We’ll take a snap of you and your masterpiece and we’ll put it on Tate’s website, and then you can send e-postcards of it to your friends and family.

Secret Tate: Discovery Trail
Collection Display Rooms
Admission Free, for 5 years and over, available daily from the Information Desks

Put your detective hat on and go on a hunt for Tate Britain’s secret spaces, uncovering patterns and searching for answers through a trail of activities. Create your own mosaic, draw a work of art, design architectural features, make your very own exhibition and find the architect hidden somewhere in the gallery…

Activities on Tate Kids website

BT Art Sparks: art films made just for kids

Tate Kids has created a film section for children to watch from home. Go online to see BT Art Sparks, art films made just for kids.   The Brothers McLeod – who previously worked on projects including Pedro and Frankensheep for CBBC and are represented by Aardman – have worked with Tate to create art films which combine animation with footage of kids in the gallery. Each film focuses on a different artwork in the Tate Collection, featuring Orthus, a lively, two-headed creature, and a team of kids who demonstrate how to make your very own masterpiece at home. The works featured include key pieces by Cornelia Parker, Anish Kapoor, Francis Bacon, Sophie Calle and Umberto Boccioni.

For more information:
See the Fun Kids review of Tate Britain