Tate’s mission is to increase the public’s enjoyment and understanding of British art from the sixteenth century to the present day and of international modern and contemporary art. 

Its statutory aims and objectives set out in its governing document are:

  • to care for, preserve and add to the works of art and the documents in its collections;
  • to ensure that the works of art are exhibited to the public;
  • to ensure that the works of art and the documents are available to persons seeking to inspect them in connection with study or research; and
  • generally to promote the public’s enjoyment and understanding of British art, and of twentieth-century and contemporary art, both by means of the Board’s collections and by such other means as they consider appropriate. 

All Tate’s aspirations and activities are driven by this statutory mission. Tate’s strategic objectives in fulfilling the mission can be summarised as follows:

  • to consolidate, manage and research the collection in ways that respond to changes in the world around Tate; 
  • to devise innovative programmes that engage with existing and new audiences, both in the galleries and through digital media and partnerships, whose expectations of the museum are changing and whose participation will be a part of what Tate does; and
  • to improve Tate by investing in staff development and the working culture and develop Tate’s self-reliance and business model for a sustainable future. 

Find out more about our priorities and how we are fulling our mission to increase public understanding and enjoyment of art.