Access to Information

Find out how we can help when seeking information about Tate

Tim Mara, ‘Lightbulb and Book’ 1995–6
Tim Mara
Lightbulb and Book 1995–6
Tate
© The estate of Tim Mara

Tate publishes most of its information on this website. Where this is not possible, we explain where you can find further information (in Tate’s Reading Rooms, for example) or who you can contact. Information about our galleries, including access and facilities can be found on the individual gallery pages. We also have information hubs relating to research (including our public records) members, publishing, events and hospitality and supporting Tate. Our online FAQs and press releases may answer your questions; you may also contact us or our press office.

There are also further ways you can access information as outlined below.

Making an information request

Requests for information not found online or through the Tate Library and Archive should be as specific as possible so that Tate staff can answer them in the most efficient and thorough way.

Requests not described above are likely to fall within the bounds of freedom of information. Requests should be made in writing or by email to:

Freedom of Information
Director’s Office
Tate
Millbank
London SW1P 4RG

Email: foi@tate.org.uk

In general, a response will be given within 20 working days of receiving the request. If Tate is unable to provide you with the information that you seek, a response setting out why the information is not available will be provided.

We do not currently charge for responding to information requests. However, Tate reserves the right to levy a charge to cover the costs of processing the request, photocopying and postage.

Not all information that a public authority holds is disclosable under the Freedom of Information Act. A number of exemptions may apply, which Tate has to consider when assessing what information can be provided.

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 established a general right of access to all types of information held by public authorities, extending the individual’s right to access information about him or herself established by the Data Protection Act 1998.

Further information about the Freedom of Information Act 2000 can be found on the Information Commissioners’ Office.

Data Protection

Under the Data Protection Act 1998 individuals are entitled to find out what personal information is being held about them. If you would like to request a copy of the personal information that we hold about you, please download and complete the Data Subject Access Request form, (PDF, 304.25 KB).

Further information about the Data Protection Act 1998 can be found on the Information Commissioner’s website. You can also read more about our policies and procedures here.

Please note the law on data protection is changing in May 2018.

Senior pay and posts

Please find information on senior pay and posts in our annual accounts.

Tate spending above £25,000

Monthly lists of all Tate’s transactions above £25,000 can be downloaded below.

They are also available to view on the Department for Culture Media and Sport website.

Invoice Performance Data

From 1 April 2015, all central government departments including their Executive Agencies and Non Departmental Public Bodies are required to publish the percentage of their invoices paid within i) 5 days and ii) 30 days on a quarterly basis.

Financial year 2017–2018

Quarter 1

  • Percentage of invoices paid within 5 days: 1%
  • Percentage of invoices paid within 30 days: 43%

Financial year 2016–2017

Quarter 1

  • Percentage of invoices paid within 5 days: 1%
  • Percentage of invoices paid within 30 days: 69%

Quarter 2

  • Percentage of invoices paid within 5 days: 1%
  • Percentage of invoices paid within 30 days: 67%

Quarter 4

  • Percentage of invoices paid within 5 days: 1%
  • Percentage of invoices paid within 30 days: 67%

Financial year 2015–2016

Quarter 1

  • Percentage of invoices paid within 5 days: 2%
  • Percentage of invoices paid within 30 days: 49%

Quarter 2

  • Percentage of invoices paid within 5 days: 1%
  • Percentage of invoices paid within 30 days: 56%

Quarter 3

  • Percentage of invoices paid within 5 days: 2%
  • Percentage of invoices paid within 30 days: 60%

Quarter 4

  • Percentage of invoices paid within 5 days: 2%
  • Percentage of invoices paid within 30 days: 62%

Public Sector Information (‘PSI’) Directive

The amended Public Sector Information (‘PSI’) Directive, which now affects museums and galleries, came into force in the UK on 18 July 2015

The Directive aims to encourage enterprise by the re-use of information already created by the public sector. Examples are weather and mapping data, created by the public purse and then re-purposed commercially by third-party entrepreneurs for use in the GPS systems and apps many of us now have on our phones.

Public sector bodies like Tate charge fees for the re-use of certain material. This is done on the same basis that Tate Gallery charges Tate Enterprises Ltd, its wholly-owned trading subsidiary. A formal, paid-for, annual licence exists between Tate Gallery and Tate Enterprises Ltd.

Any PSI queries, requests or applications should be sent to psi@tate.org.uk

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