16 Facts About Tate Gallery


Tate Gallery was founded in 1897 as the National Tate Gallery of British Art.

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The Tate Gallery was housed in the current building occupied by Tate Britain, which is situated in Millbank, London.

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One of the Tate Gallery's most publicised art events is the awarding of the annual Turner Prize, which takes place at Tate Gallery Britain every other year.

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Original Tate was called the National Gallery of British Art, situated on Millbank, Pimlico, London at the site of the former Millbank Prison.

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Forty years later Sir Henry Tate who was a sugar magnate and a major collector of Victorian art, offered to fund the building of the gallery to house British Art on the condition that the State pay for the site and revenue costs.

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Tate Gallery's father had earlier paid for an extension to house the major part of the Turner Bequest, which in 1987 was transferred to a wing paid for by Sir Charles Clore.

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Later, the Tate Gallery began organising its own temporary exhibition programme.

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In 2007, Tate Gallery Liverpool hosted the Turner Prize, the first time this has been held outside London.

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The extension to Tate Gallery Modern opened in 2016 as The Switch House and, in 2017, was renamed the Blavatnik Building after Anglo-Ukrainian billionaire Sir Leonard Blavatnik, who contributed a "substantial" amount of its £260m cost.

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Tate Gallery Digital is the name of the department responsible for Tate Gallery's website and other public-facing digital projects.

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Tate Gallery Online has been used as a platform for Internet art exhibits, termed Net Art, which are organised as part of Tate Gallery's Intermedia Art initiative covering new media art.

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Tate Gallery receives annual funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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Under the Charities Act 1993, the Tate Gallery is an exempt charity accountable directly to Government rather than the Charity Commission for financial returns etc.

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Various bodies have been set up to support the Tate Gallery including Tate Gallery Members for the general public, where a yearly fee gives rights such as free entry to charging exhibitions and members' rooms.

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Tate Gallery now spends around £1 million of its general funds each year on purchasing acquisitions and their related costs.

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In 2012, the Tate Gallery established a South Asian acquisitions committee to collect contemporary and modern art from India and surrounding countries, as well as a committee for works from Russia, Eastern Europe and the CIS.

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