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 shifted 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 (September-January). The gallery has a good restaurant and an exemplary gift shop.
|Venue name:||Tate Britain|
|Opening hours:||Daily 10am-6pm (last admission for special exhibitions 5.15pm)|
|Price:||Free (permanent collection); admission charge applies for some temporary exhibitions|
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Hello, my name is Rosemary and I like the Pre-Raphaelites. No, wait! Don’t leave! I wanted to buy you coffee… I like the Pre-Raphaelites the same way I like pumpkin spice lattes despite 95 percent of people telling me they’re repulsive. Because these...Until Sunday February 24 2019
Jesse Darling: The Ballad of Saint Jerome
Tate Britain continues its series of free 'Art Now' exhibitions with Jesse Darling. The artist has taken the story of St Jerome, who became besties with lion after removing a thorn from its paw, as the starting point for a show that features both Icarus...Until Sunday February 24 2019
Tate Britain Winter Commission: Monster Chetwynd
The artist previously known as Marvin Gaye Chetwynd (and, before that, Spartacus Chetwynd) has been commissioned by Tate Britain to spruce up the gallery's facade in time for Christmas. Expect... who knows what. In the past, Chetwynd has gathered inspiration...Until Thursday February 28 2019
Don McCullin is one of Britain's most prolific photographers, with a career that has taken him across the globe. Tate Britain now displays over 250 images snapped and printed by McCullin. The locations range from the war zones of Syria and Vietnam to...Tuesday February 5 2019 - Monday May 6 2019
The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain
The world's favourite sunflower-painted returns to London with 2019's EY exhibition at Tate Britain. A lesser-known fact about the Dutch painter is that he was a bit of an Anglophile. Along with spending time in England during the early days of his career,...Wednesday March 27 2019 - Sunday August 11 2019
Frank Bowling gets a much-deserved major exhibition at Tate Britain. The artist's long-running career has seen him develop a unique style fusing abstraction with elements of figurative art. Londoners are in for a treat with this show which includes the...Friday May 31 2019 - Wednesday August 28 2019
William Blake: The Artist
William Blake didn't think much of London when he was alive, commemorating it as an industrialist Hell where he would 'mark in every face I meet / Marks of weakness, marks of woe.' Who knows what he would have thought of it come 2019, but here's something...Wednesday September 11 2019 - Sunday February 2 2020
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Great gallery, I prefer this to the tate modern. The permanent collection is much more interesting and the building is also worth a visit. Look out of the late at the tate events! All for free too.
Loved Turner and Bacon paintings and many more. Beautiful building and free admission with option for donation which makes the Tate accessible to everyone visiting London. Great gift shop.
Really interesting! There is a film piece by Douglas Gordon called 'Play Dead; Real Time' which I could honestly watch for hours.
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