Tate holds the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art.

Tate holds the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art.

British art is represented by artists chosen for their contribution to its history and development, rather than their nationality alone. The collection continues to expand its holdings of modern and contemporary art from around the world.

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http://www.tate.org.uk/search?type=artworkArt & Artists

Explore the Tate collection online. See and learn about over 70,000 artworks


Find out more and browse our digital archive

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The digitisation of the our archive collection was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund.

Viewing items in the collection not on display

Please visit Art & Artists to find out if a work is on loan or in storage. Works on loan can be visited at the host institution. Visits to view works in storage may be possible. Please email Tate Store for further details.

Gifts and bequests

Explore major gifts and bequests to the Tate collection, from ARTISTS ROOMS to the Turner Bequest

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Tate’s art collection embraces all media, from painting, sculpture, drawing and prints to photography, film, video, installations and performance to archive material including letters, sketchbooks and manuscripts. Tate is committed to expanding the geographical remit of its collection. Tate does not allocate more of its funds to either historic or contemporary works, as it needs flexibility in order to react to the market and what is available. Potential acquisitions of contemporary art are considered by artists who have already made a significant contribution and have achieved national or international recognition.

http://www.tate.org.uk/search?gid=999999981&type=artworkNew Acquisitions

See our most recently acquired works

http://www.tate.org.uk/about-us/tate-reportsTate Reports

Find full details of acquisitions and loans to the collection

http://www.tate.org.uk/about-us/collection/acquisitionsOur policy & procedures

Find out more about how we grow our collection

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Lending our artworks across the world supports our mission to help people to understand and enjoy art.

By doing this, we aim to:

  • increase public access to the collection and reach new audiences
  • contribute to distinctive exhibitions and public programmes in Britain and internationally
  • promote British art abroad
  • support artists
  • foster a spirit of collaboration and exchange between museums and galleries

Download our loans policy [PDF, 96.21 KB]

Download our loans procedure [PDF, 203KB]

Download our care and treatment loan policy [PDF, 543 KB]

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Borrowing from our Collection

Please note, due to the large volume of proposals received, Tate will only be able to respond to those proposals which are viewed as priorities. We only accept proposals by email. Tate is unable to accept any proposals by post, including unsolicited art works. These will be destroyed.

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