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. Key sections include:
- Who we are - governance, Board of trustees, funding, our charitable status, organisation structure and staff, staff pay and posts, policies and procedures, annual reviews, history and more
- Our work - our priorities, collection (including acquisitions and loans), conservation, projects and more
- Visit - all about our galleries, including access and facilities
And also those on learning, 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.
Freedom of Information Act
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. It also sets out a series of exemptions.
The Act came into force in January 2005. It enables anyone to make a request for information in writing. In response to a freedom of information request the public authority must:
- Tell the requestor whether or not it holds the information requested and if so, communicate that information unless one of the exemptions under the act is applicable.
- If an exemption does apply, the public authority must state exactly which exemption it is applying to withhold information and explain clearly, and with reference to the information, why that particular exemption is relevant.
- Where a public interest test is also part of the exemption, the public authority must explain how it has been applied.
- The public authority must respond within 20 working days of receiving the request, or within 20 working days of receiving the information it needs to identify the information requested.
Further information about the Freedom of Information Act 2000 can be found on the Information Commissioners’ Office.
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.
- For press requests, please email our Press Office at email@example.com
- If you are undertaking academic research or would like to access Tate’s Library or Archive collection, please see the Library, Archive or Research pages or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you have a general query, please email email@example.com
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
London SW1P 4RG
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.
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 contact Tate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information about the Data Protection Act 1998 can be found on the Information Commissioner’s website
If you are not satisfied with Tate’s response to a request for information you may initially seek an internal review or appeal of the response provided. You may do this in writing or by email to:
Freedom of Information
London SW1P 4RG
The review will be carried out by an independent panel comprising Tate Trustees. If you remain dissatisfied with Tate’s response following this internal review, you may seek an independent review from the Information Commissioner.
The Information Commissioner’s details are as follows:
The Information Commissioner
Cheshire SK9 5AF
Phone: 01625 545 700
Fax: 01625 524 510