Grace Nichols at the Tate Gallery
Visual Paths to Literacy Project


The poet, Grace Nichols, worked at the Tate Britain between May 1999 and April 2000. The purpose of the project was to develop new poems inspired by the Tate Collection and undertake workshops with Primary School groups and teacher INSET groups from five inner-city London boroughs.

Excerpt from the project evaluation report

by Visual Paths Co-ordinator Colin Grigg:

"Visual Paths is an Art & Literacy project. A key aim was to produce stimulating new writing around the artworks for use with school groups. Grace Nichols' residency was a considerable success, well beyond our expectations and the 20-odd new poems she has produced will be of lasting value and inspiration. The residency was a very successful fusion of poetry and visual arts. Grace Nichols brought a unique perspective to the Tate Gallery; the poems she wrote have a rhythm and drama that captivated the children, inspiring them in turn to produce wonderful poems."

Young Poets Network