Tate’s research remit is broad and encompasses not only art history but also visual culture, technical art history and conservation science, cultural theory and policy, education and museum studies.

Individual projects are initiated in all these subject areas at Tate – see research projects for details and resources. In addition, Tate aims to stimulate research and fresh thought in wide-ranging or new subject areas, by bringing together staff and scholars from different disciplines and collaborating with a number of partner organisations.

We have established several Research Centres to focus attention and energy on areas of particular interest to Tate, or where Tate is uniquely placed to contribute to debates within research communities.

The Art Museum and its Future

Art museums today face many challenges. Like all museums, they need to respond and adapt to the many forces shaping the contemporary world.


The Asia-Pacific Research Centre aims to further the research, documentation, publication, acquisition and exhibition of works of modern and contemporary Asia-Pacific art both within Tate and the wider academic world.

British Romantic Art

The centre aims to promote research on British art from around 1770 to 1850. Tate’s collection of British art of the Romantic period, which includes the Turner Bequest, the Oppé collection of watercolours and drawings, and major holdings of the work of William Blake and John Constable, is among the greatest in the world.

Creative Communities

Building upon the legacy of the St Ives artist colony in Cornwall, the Centre at Tate St Ives aims to encourage research into the origins, activities and future of creative communities in the Britain and elsewhere.

Learning Research

The Learning Research Centre exists to promote research and knowledge exchange and to inform practice in the field of learning in galleries.

Rethinking Modernism

The long-contested notion of modernism dominates art historical accounts of the twentieth century, just as competing definitions of the term are pivotal in the more recent evolution of art historical and critical discourse. Debates around modernism have been at the centre of Tate’s concerns for many years.

Victorian and Edwardian Art

The centre aims to promote research on British art from 1840 to 1915. It builds on Tate’s record of collecting works of this period, from the gallery’s founding in 1897 to the present day, and on its exhibition programme. 

Contact us

To discuss possible research collaborations or projects with Tate, please email research@tate.org.uk.