The collection is at the heart of Tate. We share it, we base our programmes and activities around it, and it is our responsibility to look after it on behalf of our audiences, the public and future generations.

The collection is a resource for anyone, not just those who are able to visit a Tate gallery. Through collaboration, loan, partnership, touring and digital programmes, we are making the collection even more accessible.

Collection care

Each year, the size and complexity of the artworks we acquire increases. In the next three years we will make long-term improvements to ensure that we have safe and sustainable environments to store our growing collections and the space to pack, treat, photograph and move them. 

Research and scholarship

Tate’s research centres bring together colleagues sharing scholarly interests, within Tate and beyond. All Tate’s existing centres – The Art Museum and its Future, British Romantic Art, Creative Communities and Surrealism and its Legacies – now have programmes underway. A fifth research centre, Rethinking Modernism, was recently launched at Tate Liverpool.