The 17th century French philosopher René Descartes believed that wonder is the first, most basic, of people’s passions (today we might call the passions ‘emotions’). Descartes also believed wonder is the base from which all learning starts. Many scientists and mathematicians still believe this. Wonder leads to new knowledge; wonder leads to searches for discoveries. Wonder might be the start of something new. What do you think? What about wonder and art? I wonder, what would happen if artists stopped … Continue reading this article

We went to Hope Primary, St Aloysius Catholic Primary and Westvale Primary schools in Knowsley and Liverpool to find out what children like you thought about some of the artists in the Alice in Wonderland exhibition at Tate Liverpool. Here are Michelle Stuart’s answers to the children’s questions. How does it feel to be an artist? Being creative is a gift that you give yourself and the the gift is forever fulfilling. Did you always want to be an artist? I always … Continue reading this article

We went to Hope Primary, St Aloysius Catholic Primary and Westvale Primary schools in Knowsley, near Liverpool. The children we met had fun playing visual perception games, talking about wonder and imagination, and they drew pictures of themselves without looking. They covered their paper and hands with their jumpers, and the results were amazing. You could try this at home and in the classroom! Classroom & Gallery Resources Artist educator Antony Hall has created these resources that include the fantastic … Continue reading this article

Ceramic Skull, 1973 Paul Neagu © The estate of Paul Neagu Paul Neagu is interested in how people and things connect. He thought a lot about how things can be separate from one another but still connected at the same time – like the areas in the adult brain that deal with different functions. He was interested in these kinds of connections from the smallest, molecular level to the universal. He often constructed his works in a cellular form, meaning … Continue reading this article

The wonder of looking at art When something catches your attention, you might become delighted or perhaps puzzled. You might stop to think about what you see because it stands out. Perhaps what you see is unfamiliar to you, and you begin to wonder. When you look at a work of art you have never seen before, you might wonder about what you are seeing and experiencing. We wanted to know what children like you thought about some of the … Continue reading this article

I was inspired to re-create the wonderful Wondermind illustration as a collage made up of the artwork in Tate’s collection. I had quite the challenge on my hands to find the right balance between capturing the likeness of the wonder-brain whilst making the gallery pieces visible. I began by sketching out the brain and working on each section individually. The Wondermind illustrator did a tremendous job in capturing the rich and bold environments that comprised Alice’s Wonderland, and I really … Continue reading this article

We went to Hope Primary, St Aloysius Catholic Primary and Westvale Primary schools in Knowsley and Liverpool to find out what children like you thought about some of the artists in the Alice in Wonderland exhibition at Tate Liverpool. Here are Annelies Štrba’s answers to the children’s questions. What is your inspiration for taking photographs? My inspirations are memories, dreams, stories, my fantasy and also my daughters and granddaughter, who are my most often motivs. I would like to express … Continue reading this article

We went to Hope Primary, St Aloysius Catholic Primary and Westvale Primary schools in Knowsley and Liverpool to find out what children like you thought about some of the artists in the Alice in Wonderland exhibition at Tate Liverpool. Here are Samantha Sweeting’s answers to the children’s questions. What is your inspiration for your work? I am interested in the cycles of life and death and the repetitive nature of storytelling, explored through myth, memory, dreams and fairytales. I am … Continue reading this article

Secrets of Life – The Human Machine and How it Works: Perception through Impression, 1970 Sir Eduardo Paolizzi © The Estate of Eduardo Paolozzi Eduardo Paolozzi often shows images of the human head in his work. His heads are often presented fractured or made up of images of other things – creating a sense of the inner workings of the mind. This work is part of a series called Conditional Probability Machine, in which he explores brain function and the … Continue reading this article

Star/Steer, 1966 Ian Hamilton Finlay © The estate of Ian Hamilton Finlay Poet and artist Ian Hamilton Finlay experimented with the physical possibilities of language – its shape, texture, colour and the way it’s laid out on the page – as well recognising the power of language to shape our the way we see the world. In 1967 he published his first book of concrete poetry (poetry in which the layout and typography of the words contributes to its overall … Continue reading this article