Great British Art DebateThe exhibition, Watercolour, at Tate Britain was actually part of a larger project known as The Great British Art Debate. The following is the description of the project which is on the website:

“Four galleries are working together to use historic British Art collections to explore questions about nationhood and identity today. Four exhibitions, Watercolour, John Martin, Restless Times and Family Matters, all address different aspects of British artistic heritage and contemporary practice. The different artists, time periods and techniques in each exhibition will show different views on Britain and the British people.

The Great British Art Debate is a partnership between Tate Britain, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service and Museums Sheffield, supported by The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, and by the MLA’s Renaissance programme.”

A number of videos were produced, either directly by the Tate in conjunction with the Watercolour exhibition, or were produced more broadly in conjunction with The Great British Art Debate, which include artists represented  in the exhibition, or other related artists or events. See below for videos of studio visits with Neil Tate, Sophie Von Hellerman, Callum Inness, David Austen, and Karla Black. 


Neil Tait

Neil Tait

How to Paint with Watercolour: Neal Tait

The Great British Art Debate presents a Watercolour workshop with artist Neal Tait.

“Tait’s pictures demonstrate his concern with painting as an exploratory process, whereby meaning can be suggested through the handling of paint itself. In his recent paintings, large areas . . . remain blank creating the feeling of open-ended, expanded works which seem to suggest many different narratives; transparent washes and thin skeins of paint describing simple, informal structures. There is a distillation at work, where a thought process has been reduced to an ineffable subject, darkly emotional and suggestive of a burgeoning psychological drama. Often displaying an extreme version of figuration using a flat and reduced palette, they push the limits of representation.” (from


Sophie von HellermannHow to Paint with Watercolour: Sophie von Hellermann

The Great British Art Debate presents a Watercolour technique workshop with artist Sophie von Hellermann. Students from Archbishop Tenison’s School, London visited the artist Sophie von Hellermann in her studio.



Callum InnesVideo of Callum Innes, featured in Tate Britain’s Watercolours exhibition

An interview with Scottish artist Callum Innes about his use of watercolour, to coincide with the Tate’s survey of watercolour art from the last 200 years.

Innes has emerged as one of the most significant abstract painters of his generation, achieving widespread recognition through major solo and group shows worldwide.



David AustenHow to Paint with Watercolour: David Austen

The Great British Art Debate presents a Watercolour technique workshop with artist David Austen.

One of  the artists featured in Tate Britain’s Watercolour exhibition, Austen speaks to students from Archbishop Tenison’s School in London, who took a trip to David Austen’s studio to learn his in-the-moment Watercolour painting techniques.





Karla Black's 'Opportunity for Girls' (2006).

Karla Black, 'Opportunity for Girls' 2006

Karla Black

Karla Black is one of the contemporary artists featured in Tate Britain’s Watercolour exhibition. But her approach to the medium is unorthodox. Mixing paint with other materials such as nail-varnish, vaseline, and body lotion she creates unique sculptural forms. She talked to TateShots about her process, and showed her latest work at her studio near Glasgow.

Karla Black speaks about her sculptural work, ‘Opportunity For Girls’