Tate Britain is the national gallery of British art from 1500 to the present day, from the Tudors to the Turner Prize.
Open everyday 10.00-17.50
Open until 22.00 on the first Friday of each month
Closed: 24, 25, 26 December
Entry is free except for major exhibitions
- 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.
Photography, Performing Arts, Fine Art, Film and Media, Archives
Key artists and exhibits
- Gilbert & George
Tate Britain Commission: Heather Phillipson
- 16 June — 18 October 2020 *on now
Tate Britain’s central galleries will be transformed again by a large-scale immersive art work.
Every year Tate Britain invites an artist to create an exciting new commission for the grand spaces of the Duveen Galleries at the heart of the building. In 2020 the commission will be by British artist Heather Phillipson.
Previous artists have included Mark Wallinger, Martin Creed, Fiona Banner, Simon Starling, Phyllida Barlow, Pablo Bronstein, Cerith Wyn Evans, Anthea Hamilton and Mike Nelson.
Turner's Modern World
- 28 October 2020 — 7 March 2021
How J.M.W. Turner broke with convention to paint the times in which he lived.
One of Britain’s greatest artists, J.M.W. Turner lived and worked at the peak of the industrial revolution. Steam replaced sail; machine-power replaced manpower; political and social reforms transformed society.
Many artists ignored these advances but Turner faced up to these new challenges. This exhibition will show how he updated the language of art to produce revelatory interpretations of modern subjects.
Beginning in the 1790s, when Turner first observed the effects of modern life, the exhibition will follow his fascination for new industry and technology through to his famous paintings of steam boats and railway engines of the 1840s. It also looks at his engagement with the Napoleonic War and the other major political events of his lifetime, including the 1832 Reform Act and the campaign against slavery.
This landmark exhibition will bring together major works by Turner from around the world, including The Fighting Temeraire 1839 and Rail, Steam and Speed 1844. It will explore what it meant to be a modern artist in his lifetime and present an exciting new perspective on his work and life.
Please check website for booking information
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
All the resources you need for teaching art in the classroom, from Teachers' Packs to teacher training.
Webquests are online activities for children, using the collections of nine national museums and galleries.
The Case of the Mysterious Object
The Silver Cage: Film
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.
The Zoom Room
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.