Tate Britain

Tate Britain
Millbank
London
Greater London
SW1P 4RG
England

Website

www.tate.org.uk/britain

E-mail

visiting.britain@tate.org.uk

Telephone

Switchboard

020 7887 8888

Recorded information

020 7887 8008

MIincom

020 7887 8687

Events and education

020 7887 8888

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Tate Britain
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Tate Britain is the national gallery of British art from 1500 to the present day, from the Tudors to the Turner Prize.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Open everyday 10.00-17.50
Open until 22.00 on the first Friday of each month

Closed: 24, 25, 26 December

Admission charges

Entry is free except for major exhibitions

Discounts

  • International Council of Museums

Tate holds the greatest collection of British art in the world, including works by Blake, Constable, Epstein, Gainsborough, Gilbert & George, Hatoum, Hirst, Hockney, Hodgkin, Hogarth, Moore, Rossetti, Sickert, Spencer, Stubbs and Turner. The gallery is the world centre for the understanding and enjoyment of British art, and helps promote interest in British art internationally.

Collection details

Photography, Performing Arts, Fine Art, Film and Media, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Blake
  • Constable
  • Epstein
  • Gainsborough
  • Gilbert & George
  • Hatoum
  • Hirst
  • Hockney
  • Hodgkin
  • Hogarth
  • Moore
  • Rossetti
  • Sickert
  • Spencer
  • Stubbs
  • Turner
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
photogprah of tate britain

David Tremlett Drawing for Free Thinking

  • 19 September 2011 — 31 December 2016 *on now

Drawing for Free Thinking is a new wall drawing for Tate Britain, designed to wrap around the Manton stairwell. Inspired by the long tradition of twentieth-century constructivism and by David Tremlett’s involvement in conceptual art in the 1970s, Drawing for Free Thinking consists of broad blocks of strong colour, straight lines, squares and rectangles. It explores floor plans and architectural features the artist has encountered at the gallery such as doorways or windows abstracted into geometric shapes. Tremlett and his team of assistants work with pastel crayons which they rub directly onto the wall with the palms of their hands.

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/david-tremlett-drawing-free-thinking

photogprah of tate britain

BP Spotlight: Keith Arnatt

  • 11 March 2013 — 11 August 2016 *on now

Keith Arnatt was a British conceptual artist who used photography as a way of documenting perfromative acts that question the status of art and the role of the artist. Using recent acquisitions, this display will show the range of Arnatt’s work and his singular use of photography, focusing on his work of the 1970s and 1980s.

Suitable for

Admission

Free

photogrpah of tate britain

BP Spotlight: The Nature of Common Life: Drawing the Everyday 1800–60

  • 1 January — 2 November 2014 *on now

Drawing heavily on the Oppé Collection of works on paper, this display highlights the preoccupation with everyday life seen in the work of early nineteenth-century artists such as William Mulready, JMW Turner, John Varley and David Wilkie.

The works, in a range of media and including several never before displayed, demonstrate artists’ compulsion to observe and depict the world around them, from the bustle of street life to the intimacy of the family home.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/display/bp-spotlight-nature-common-life

Photo of sculpture installation showing several large round pieces hanging from the ceiling and a round rock-like structure in the foreground

Tate Britain Commission 2014: Phyllida Barlow

  • 31 March — 2 November 2014 *on now

Sculptor Phyllida Barlow will unveil her largest and most ambitious work in London to date for the Tate Britain Commission 2014, supported by Sotheby’s, on 31 March 2014. The annual commission invites artists to make work in response to Tate’s collection of British and international art and to the grand spaces of the Duveen Galleries at the heart of Tate Britain.

For over four decades Phyllida Barlow has made imposing, large scale sculptural installations using inexpensive, everyday materials such as cardboard, fabric, timber, polystyrene, plaster, scrim and cement. Her distinctive work is focused on her experimentation with these materials, to create bold and colourful three-dimensional collages.

Drawing on memories of familiar objects from her surroundings, Barlow’s tactile and seemingly unstable sculptures often contrast with the permanence and traditions of monumental sculpture.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/tate-britain-commission-2014-phyllida-barlow

Robert Brough Fantaisie en Folie 1897

BP Spotlight: Forgotten Faces

  • 7 April — 12 October 2014 *on now

Forgotten Faces turns the clock back a hundred years to discover portraits and figure paintings that were once the stars of the Tate Gallery but later fell into disregard as their subjects were forgotten. Offering an insight into the Edwardian world, taste, and the gallery’s history of collecting, it will include Charles Wellington Furse’s Diana of the Uplands, which once rivalled Millais’sOphelia in popularity.

Many of the works on show have been in store for several decades, two of which - Emil Fuchs’s portrait of Sir Joseph Duveen and James Havard Thomas’s bust of Mrs Wertheimer - have been restored especially for this display.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/display/bp-spotlight-forgotten-faces

photogrpah of tate britain

BP Spotlight: The Craze for Pastel

  • 7 April — 5 October 2014 *on now

The Craze for Pastel marks Tate’s recent acquisition of Ozias Humphrey’s pastel portrait Baron Nagell’s Running Footman c.1795, a rare example of an 18th century portrait of an identifiable black Briton.

This display will explore the emergence of pastel in the 18th century and its phenomenal success as a fashionable alternative to oil paint. Tracing its evolution from natural chalk – long used for figure and landscape sketches – into a full colour medium, the display will include many rarely exhibited collection works.

Experimental pastel drawings by Thomas Gainsborough sit alongside finished portraits by leading pastellists such as John Russell and Daniel Gardner. The display aims to demonstrate the central importance of the medium to the increasingly competitive world of 18th-century British art.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Alan Davie The Birth of Venus 1955

BP Spotlight: Alan Davie

  • 14 April — 5 October 2014 *on now

Alan Davie (b. 1920) was one of the first post-war British artists to develop an expressive form of abstraction.

This display brings together paintings from Tate’s collection and seldom-seen material from the artist’s archive. His kaleidoscopic canvases, the result of an improvisatory process that the artist relates to his love of jazz, form a complex web of imagery that evokes a magical world of imagination and personal mythology. As well as harnessing his interest in Zen Buddhism and the mystical world of primitive signs and symbols, Davie’s canvases emphasise the materiality of paint and the physical gesture of the artist, their dense networks of unconscious forms overlapping and obscuring others until the final composition is resolved.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/display/bp-spotlight-alan-davie

photogrpah of tate britain

BP Spotlight: Andrea Büttner

  • 21 April — 12 October 2014 *on now

The work of Andrea Büttner (born 1972) encompasses woodcuts, glass painting, sculpture, video and performance. She creates connections between art history and social or ethical issues, with a particular interest in notions of poverty, shame and dignity.

A key work in the display, the video Little Sisters: Lunapark Ostia 2012, focuses on a sisterhood of nuns who manage an arcade in a small amusement park in Ostia, near Rome. In it, the nuns speak about their work and respond to questions posed by Büttner concerning happiness, spirituality and spectacle.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/display/bp-spotlight-andrea-buttner

George Frederic Watts  Nymphs and Satyrs

BP Spotlight: Bodies of Nature

  • 28 April — 19 October 2014 *on now

Bodies of Nature includes works made between 1780 and 1840 of nymphs, satyrs and other mythological beings. In a period marked by revolutions, catastrophic wars and social and political unrest, these artworks provided an alternative to the austere idealism and morality of traditional high art.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/display/bp-spotlight-bodies-nature

photogrpah of tate britain

Reception, Rupture and Return: The Model and the Life Room

  • 26 May — 12 October 2014 *on now

Reception, Rupture and Return: The Model and the Life Room examines the role of the life model for the artist and the changing status of life drawing from the 19th to the 21st centuries.

The display will include unique perspectives of three artists' models from the Tate archive. It will explore themes such as the model as a person, as a political vehicle, as a challenger to convention, and the rethinking of the model during the inter-war and post-war periods.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/display/reception-rupture-and-return-model-and-life-room

diagram of timeline for the darks at tate britian

The Darks: Ruth Ewan and Astrid Johnston

  • 6 June — 30 November 2014 *on now

Playing on the format of a museum audio guide, The Darks audio tour invites visitors to navigate the area around Tate Britain, once the site of the infamous Millbank Prison.

The original plan for Millbank Prison, which opened in 1816, was for a Panopticon. The design for such a building, conceived by Jeremy Bentham in the late 18thcentury, would allow a single watchman to observe all inmates of an institution.

The Panopticon has long been a byword for absolute power, discipline and control. The Darks audio tour touches on the utopian dream at its heart, and how this optimism switched into the hellish reality of what followed.

Narrated by Carolyn Pickles, this audio guide also features real and fictional accounts of passers-by, including novelist Charles Dickens and writer and reformer Henry Mayhew, inmates such as Irish political prisoner Dennis B Cashman (who was transported to Australia from Millbank) and one-time prison governor, Arthur Griffiths.

Words scratched onto coins by unknown prisoners are also heard among the fragmented voices that make up The Darks.

Website

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/darks-ruth-ewan-and-astrid-johnston

Louise Bourgeois: Works on Paper

  • 16 June 2014 — 12 April 2015 *on now

A four-room display bringing together a selection of Louise Bourgeois' prints, drawings and books from different points of her career.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern

Matisse Sunday Lates

  • 1 July — 31 December 2014 *on now

For the first time at Tate Modern, Sunday evenings will be set aside for a quieter exhibition viewing experience of Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, with visitor numbers restricted from 20:00-22:30

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Sundays

Website

http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern

BP Spotlight - Frank Auerbach: Paintings and Drawings from the Lucian Freud Estate

  • 25 August — 9 November 2014 *on now

Spanning the artist’s career from the early 1950s to 2007, works will be drawn from Lucien Freud’s private collection of Auerbach’s work.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britain

Olafur Eliasson: Turner Colour Experiments

  • 8 September 2014 — 25 January 2015 *on now

Eliasson has investigated JMW Turner’s use of light and colour, abstracting the hues of seven of his paintings into dynamic colour studies.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britain

Painting by JWM Turner of a steam train in the rain

Late Turner: Painting Set Free

  • 10 September 2014 — 25 January 2015 *on now

Late Turner: Painting Set Free reassesses Turner’s extraordinary body of work during his final period (1835–50) when some of his most celebrated works were created.

Beginning in 1835, the year that Turner reached 60, and closing with his last exhibits at the Royal Academy in 1850, the exhibition demonstrates how his closing years were a time of exceptional energy and vigour, initiated by one of his most extensive tours of Europe. Bringing together 150 works from the UK and abroad, it seeks to challenge assumptions around the idea of the ‘elderly’ artist, as well as his radical techniques, processes and materials during this productive time.

Featuring many large-scale oil paintings alongside drawings, prints and watercolour, the exhibition addresses the sheer range of materials and techniques he embraced. The show also includes such iconic works as Ancient Rome; Agrippina Landing with the Ashes of Germanicus exh. 1839, The Wreck Buoy 1849 and Heidelberg: Sunset c.1840 (Manchester City Galleries).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/late-turner-painting-set-free

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Easter School 2013

COMMON PROJECTS: Call for participants for new teachers' group, Tate Modern and Tate Britain

  • 11 November 2014 5-8pm

Tate London Schools and Teachers team are inviting a group of 10-15 teachers to work with us, alongside artists, curators and educators, to form a collaborative community of shared practice. Through a series of conversations, workshops and interventions, Common Projects will develop an ongoing dialogue around art and education, where multiple voices, ideas and approaches are held in one room.

If you are interested in joining Common Projects please send a statement of interest, no longer than 250 words detailing why you would like to be part of the group and what you would like to contribute.

Please include your name, role and school. We welcome applications from teachers from all types of school settings and levels of experience including trainee teachers.

We are interested in teachers who:

- Have an interest in sharing their practice
- Have a desire to discuss current issues and debates in art and education in a group environment
- Are able to commit to six sessions across the academic term
- Are able to commit to one Tate London Schools and Teachers CPD event; (bursary place awarded)
- Have an appetite to participate in relevant events outside of six required sessions

2014 Session Dates

1. Monday 17 February - 10.00-14.00 including lunch
2. Tuesday 25 March - 17.00-20.00
3. Tuesday 13 May - 17.00-20.00
4. Tuesday 8 July - 17.00-20.00
5. Tuesday 16 September - 17.00-20.00
6. Tuesday 11 November - 17.00-20.00

Admission

Please email your statement of interest to commonprojects@tate.org.uk by 15 January 2014.

Sonic Trails

  • 1 July — 31 December 2014 *on now

Become absorbed in an unexpected audio environment, listen to the sounds of a sculpture or the hidden noises of Tate Modern by night.

Suitable for

Admission

Every Saturday and Sunday plus Thursdays and Fridays during school holidays

Website

http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern

Families Welcome Room

  • 1 July — 31 December 2014 *on now

Drop-in to the Families Welcome Room for fun activities designed by artists just for you

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Every Saturday and Sunday plus Thursdays and Fridays during school holidays

Website

http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern

Open Studio

  • 1 July — 31 December 2014 *on now

Drop into Open Studio to spend time testing out some of the materials and processes associated with Tate Britain’s major exhibition British Folk Art.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

weekends and Thursday-Sunday during school holidays

Website

http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britain

Families Welcome Area and Sonic Trails

  • 1 July — 31 December 2014 *on now

Pick up activities inspired by Tate Britain’s major exhibition British Folk Art devised by artists and exploring how stories are put together, including a Sonic Trail and paper-based activity.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

weekends and Thursday-Sunday during school holidays

Website

http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britain

Artist Talk: Phyllida Barlow in conversation with Frances Morris

  • 30 September 2014 6:30-8pm *on now

Artist Phyllida Barlow talks to Frances Morris, Head of Collections, International Art at Tate, about the work she has made for this year's Tate Britain commission.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britain

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

The Zoom Room

http://www.tate.org.uk/schoolsteachers/zoomroom/

Welcome to the Zoom Room, where you can zoom into fresh ideas for making art. The Zoom Room contains an archive of informal art activities carried out by children in the Tate galleries. Get new ideas for making collages, creating snow globes, putting on performances, or carving soap sculptures. Tips are provided for children, explaining how to carry out these activities in the classroom or at home.

My Imaginary City

http://kids.tate.org.uk/games/my-imaginary-city/

Artists use their imaginations to create scenes and places that are not real and that might never exist. If you could invent your own imaginary city what would it be like?

Schools and Teachers

http://www.tate.org.uk/schoolsteachers/

All the resources you need for teaching art in the classroom, from Teachers' Packs to teacher training.

Tate Webquests

http://nmolp.tate.org.uk/webquests/

Webquests are online activities for children, using the collections of nine national museums and galleries.

The Case of the Mysterious Object

http://www.tate.org.uk/detective/mysteriousobject.htm

The Silver Cage: Film

http://kids.tate.org.uk/films/film1.shtm

Inspired by Cornelia Parker's 'Thirty Pieces of Silver', the Art Sparks create their own work, 'The Silver Cage'. Watch the film to see what they did.

How to obtain

View online on the Tate Kids site.

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