Plus Tate Learning Programme: Building the shed showing kids working together to build a shed on a sunny day
Plus Tate Learning Programme: Building the shed


Tate is involved in a number of strategic initiatives and collaborative projects, including touring exhibitions, with other museums and galleries across the UK.

Tate’s resources are used to contribute to a network of organisations and individuals for the benefit of the wider public, expanding Tate’s reach and increasing public access to the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art.

Current projects

Archives and Access

Archives and Access is a national programme of digital access, learning and participation with archives led by Tate and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The programme is making 52,000 pieces from Tate’s Archive fully accessible online, including sketchbooks, photographs and diaries created by key British artists. As part of this process of opening up the Archive, Tate is developing new ways of inviting participation and shared learning with these materials. This includes a new interactive Albums feature on the website; resources such as films and study guides to tell the stories behind the archives and a series of partnership learning projects in five areas of the UK between 2013 – 2017, led by the Josef Herman Art Foundation; Tate Liverpool and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital ; Tate Britain; The Laing Art Gallery (Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums); and Turner Contemporary.


Aspire is a new partnership between five national and regional galleries: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, the National Galleries of Scotland, Colchester and Ipswich Museums, The Salisbury Museum, and Tate Britain. The partnership is enabling John Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831  – which was acquired with major grants and donations from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund (with a contribution from the Wolfson Foundation), The Manton Foundation, and Tate Members – to be on almost constant display in partner venues across the UK between 2014–19. Each display will be complemented by an education programme encouraging audiences to learn more about this painting and the work of John Constable. Aspire is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Art Fund. Find out further details about the Aspire partnership and touring programme.

British Art Network

The British Art Network is a Subject Specialist Network bringing together professionals working with British art – including curators, researchers and academics – reflecting the combined strength of the UK’s public collections and curatorial expertise. Supported by Arts Council England, it aims to contribute to the sharing of expertise, research and ideas across visual arts organisations.


Circuit is a four-year national programme connecting 15–25 year olds to art galleries and museums working in partnership with the youth and cultural sector. Led by Tate and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, it provides opportunities for young people to steer their own learning and create cultural activity across art disciplines. Circuit involves all four Tate galleries and five partners from the Plus Tate network: firstsite, Colchester; MOSTYN, Llandudno; Nottingham Contemporary; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; and Wysing Arts Centre and Kettle’s Yard, Cambridgeshire.

Past projects

The Great British Art Debate

The Great British Art Debate was a major national project that took place from 2009 to 2012 supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It explored the theme of art, nationhood and identity in the twenty-first century across four partner museums partners’ collections:

Plus Tate Learning Programme

Learning professionals from the twenty Plus Tate partner organisations and 581 young people across the UK worked together to conceive a diverse range of thoughtful and engaging learning programmes, which were created for and by young people. The programme ran for 15 months, from September 2011 to December 2012, and was supported by J.P. Morgan.