Tate Britain

Art, Sculpture Westminster Free
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Tate Britain (Lukas Birk / Time Out)
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Martin Creed slow London (Ed Marshall / Time Out)
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Tate Britain (Britta Jaschinski / Time Out)
Britta Jaschinski / Time Out
Tate Britain exhibition (Tony Gibsom / Time Out)
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Tate Britain exhibits

Tate Modern gets all the attention, but the original Tate Gallery, founded by sugar magnate Sir Henry Tate, has a broader and more inclusive brief. Housed in a stately Portland stone building on the riverside, Tate Britain is second only to the National Gallery when it comes to British art. It’s also looking to steal back a bit of the limelight from its starrier sibling with a 20-year redevelopment plan called the Millbank Project: conserving the building’s original features, upgrading the galleries, opening new spaces to the public and adding a new café. The art here is exceptional. The historical collection includes work by Hogarth, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Constable (who gets three rooms) and Turner (in the superb Clore Gallery). Many contemporary works were shifter to the other Tate when it opened, but Stanley Spencer, Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon are all well represented, and Art Now installations showcase up-and-coming British artists. Temporary exhibitions include headline-hungry blockbusters and the annual controversy-courting Turner Prize exhibition (October-January). The gallery has a good restaurant and an exemplary gift shop.


Venue name: Tate Britain
Address: Millbank
Opening hours: Daily 10am-6pm (last admission for special exhibitions 5.15pm)
Transport: Tube: Pimlico/Vauxhall
Price: Free (permanent collection); admission charge applies for some temporary exhibitions
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  • Installation Until Sunday August 20 2017
  • Painting Until Monday May 29 2017
  • Until Sunday June 18 2017 Free
  • Until Sunday October 1 2017
  • Late openings Friday June 2 2017 Free
  • Tuesday September 12 2017 - Sunday February 4 2018
  • Thursday November 2 2017 - Sunday April 29 2018