A viewer lifts the cover on a painting

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:

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. It extended the individual’s right to access information about him or herself established by the Data Protection Act 1998.

The Act came into force in January 2005. It enables anyone to make a request for information in writing. People have the right to be told whether the information is held by the public authority and to receive the information subject to certain exemptions. Some exemptions are absolute; others require the authority to consider whether the public interest in withholding the information outweighs the public interest in releasing it.

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 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.

Complaints procedure

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, to:

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

Email: foi@tate.org.uk

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.

Further information

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is responsible for implementing freedom of information and data protection. The ICO website provides lots of useful guidance.