Tate, Tate Gallery

The Tate Gallery is a network of international and British contemporary art museums, including Tate Britain, Tate Modern (both in London) Tate St Ives and Tate Liverpool.

The gallery was founded in 1897 under the name the National Gallery of British Art. It was renamed the Tate Gallery in 1932 after the sugar magnate Henry Tate of Tate & Lyle. 

Rebecca Solomon picture

Solomon work to stay in UK after two museums step in following auction

26 June 2023

A work by Rebecca Solomon (1832-86) originally offered at Sotheby’s and later blocked from export to the US has been bought by two UK museums.


How a museum or gallery show can boost demand

11 March 2019

Waterhouse & Dodd’s Jamie Anderson attributes a recent flurry of interest in the works of Dorothy Mead (1928-75) to her inclusion in the Tate Britain’s 'All Too Human' show last year.

Tate Britain

Anthony Caro sculptures allocated to the Tate after settling £2.7m tax bill

02 October 2017

Two abstract sculptures by Sir Anthony Caro have been acquired for the nation as part of the ‘Acceptance in Lieu’ scheme. Together they have settled £2.7m of inheritance tax due from the estate of Caro’s wife, the artist Sheila Girling, who died in 2015.

Tate Modern London

Tate’s acquisitions valued at £27.4m in this year’s annual report

25 September 2017

More than 1000 works were acquired by the Tate in the last year according to its latest annual report. They ranged from Old Masters to Contemporary art and had a combined value of £27.4m.

Joan Carlile portrait

Tate acquire early Joan Carlile portrait

26 September 2016

The Tate has acquired its earliest picture by a female artist.

Joshua Reynolds portrait of 5th Earl of Carlisle

Tate takes ownership of Joshua Reynolds portrait from Castle Howard

16 August 2016

The Tate has acquired a major portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792) from Castle Howard in North Yorkshire after it was accepted in lieu of inheritance tax.

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Pop in to this Hamilton show

26 February 2014

EXHIBITION – As an artist in search of inspiration, the arrest of your dealer might not be your go-to choice of subject matter.

Tate discovers it’s not so grim Up North where Lowry is involved

21 May 2012

It appears that Tate Britain have changed their tune on L.S. Lowry.


Tate acquire major photography collection

21 May 2012

The Tate are to acquire a major photographic collection depicting images of London, which will go on display in a dedicated exhibition, entitled ‘Another London’, at Tate Britain at the end of July.

Tate’s £63.1m in gifts for 2007/8

22 September 2008

The Tate announced a record year for acquisitions in their 2007/8 Annual Report. The Tate Collection aquired 494 works, valued at £63.1m, of which 320 were gifts and bequests from collectors and artists.


D’Offay deal sparks new programme of acquisition

10 March 2008

Anthony d’Offay’s decision to sell his art collection to the nation for a fraction of its value has sparked a new programme of acquiring and exhibiting works by contemporary artists for the nation.

Sotheby’s raise the contemporary stakes

21 January 2008

Sotheby’s have agreed to sponsor Tate Britain’s Duveens Commission, thereby allowing this site-specific sculpture commission to become an annual rather than a biennial event.

Reynolds portrait of Omai faces export ban

06 January 2003

THE Tate Gallery has launched a campaign to raise £12.5m to acquire Sir Joshua Reynolds’ celebrated portrait of Omai, the South Sea Islander who took London Society by storm in the 18th century.

Thomas Gainsborough: A Country Life

11 December 2002

Thomas Gainsborough: A Country Life, by Hugh Belsey, published by Prestel. ISBN 379132784 £14.95hb

Interpreting Matisse/Picasso

03 September 2002

Interpreting Matisse/Picasso by Elizabeth Cowling, published by Tate Publishing. ISBN 1854373935 £9.99 pbk

Matisse Picasso

03 September 2002

Matisse Picasso published by Tate Publishing with essays by six international curators including the two British curators John Golding and Elizabeth Cowling. ISBN 1854373927 £40 hb, ISBN 1854373765 £29.99 sb

Tate Gallery to set up library for research into British artists

23 April 2001

Letters, manuscripts and photographs from many of Britain’s most celebrated artists are to form a new art research library that will be open to the public at Tate Britain.