About Me – Emily Pringle

I am a researcher and educator in the visual arts.  I trained in fine art (my practice was predominantly drawing) and worked as an artist, a freelance researcher and artist educator in galleries during the 1990s. During that time I also worked as the Education Co-ordinator at the Chisenhale Gallery in London. I wrote a piece about these experiences recently which has been published here:


In 2009 I completed a PhD at the Institute of Education, University of London which focused on the relationship between artistic knowledge and practice and teaching and learning in the contemporary art museum. A paper that summarises some of the findings from my PhD can be found here:


My research during the 2000s centred on the arts and creative learning, artistic pedagogy and gallery education.  In 2006 I wrote a text for the Arts Council and engage (the National Association for Gallery Education) that outlined a model of Contemporary Gallery Education which can be found here:


In 2010 I was appointed the Head of Learning Practice and Research at Tate in London.  My role involves supporting the strategic development of research-led practice and initiating and managing research and evaluation programmes within the Learning department across Tate Britain and Tate Modern.  Since 2011 I have been working alongside colleagues to implement a values-led research based approach to programming.  This process of ‘Transforming Tate Learning’ has been documented in a publication which can be found here:


In 2012 I co-ordinated the Learning team’s contribution to the ‘Art in Action’ programme for the opening of the Tanks at Tate Modern.  I have written about the challenges and opportunities of bringing together artists commissioned by exhibition and learning curators here:


In 2014 I established the Tate Research Centre: Learning. The Centre exists to promote research and knowledge exchange and inform practice in the field of learning in galleries.  We organise symposia and conferences, host researchers and instigate and oversee Learning research and evaluation programmes within Tate.  The Centre also provides a forum for sharing and disseminating research from across the sector in the UK and internationally.  Details of the Centre can be found here:


In September 2016 I began working with colleagues to evaluate Tate Exchange at Tate Modern (http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern/tate-exchange).  Tate Exchange is an ‘experiment in practice’ that seeks to explore with artists and collaborating organisations how art can make a difference to people’s lives and to society.  Throughout the first pilot year of the programme we have documented what has been taking place and how best to capture and assess the changes brought about in the organisations and participants taking part.  The findings have been documented in two publications – an evaluation report and a text that details the evaluation process itself, both of which can be found here:


Other writing I have done over the last seven years has included a text written collaboratively with Jennifer DeWitt on how learning is constructed within the art museum:


Most recently my interest has centred on how learning and exhibition curators can be understood as practitioner researchers and how their work can be framed as a form of practice-led research.  I have spoken on this at a conference at Louisiana in Denmark, which can be accessed here:


From September 1st 2017 to August 20th 2018 I was on a ten month sabbatical from Tate as I was awarded an AHRC Leadership Fellowship to research and develop a framework for embedding practitioner-led co-produced research practices in the gallery.  I have published a paper on this topic which can be accessed here:


And I have written a publication ‘Rethinking Research in the Art Museum’ which is due to be published by Routledge in 2019.

I was appointed Head of Research at Tate in February 2019, so am continuing to test ideas and develop my thinking with great colleagues within the organisation and beyond.  Do please contact me if you would like any more information.

The postings on this site represent my views and not those of Tate.


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