About Creative Commons and how you can access material and use Creative Commons licences for works in our archive and main collection

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  • A black and white photograph of a boy holding a bicycle wheel on his head
    Example of a Creative Commons link underneath an image in Art & artists
  • A black and white photograph of Eduardo Paolozzi - he is sitting down and is wearing paper glasses
    An example of how to attribute an image released under Creative Commons:
    Nigel Henderson
    Photograph of Eduardo Paolozzi

Creative Commons

Tate releases low-resolution images of some of its art and archive collection under a Creative Commons Licence CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported).  This licence lets you share images in specific contexts while safeguarding the copyright holder’s rights and Tate’s income.

You can share images only if you:

1)  Attribute (BY) the artist/artwork and collection.  You must state the following when sharing the image:

a)  artist name, title of work, year of creation

b)  © (copyright holder’s name), Photo © Tate

c)  Mention CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported)

d)  Provide a link back to the work on the main Tate website

2)  Use it in a Non-Commercial (NC) context only. The image can be used only in contexts that are free from monetary gain or commercial value.  Images cannot be used to sell or promote something; they cannot be used in or on something that is charged for or associated with money; nor can they be used in advertising or design contexts.  Images cannot be used by commercial companies, charities or organizations that charge entrance fees, membership, or subscription to a service.

3)  Show the image as a Non Derivative Work (ND).  This means that the image has not been re-sized, altered, cropped or changed before sharing.

All use of Tate images under Creative Commons is checked by Tate.  Please email us about how you plan to use the work at creativecommons@tate.org.uk.  Thank you.

The digital images available under the CC licence are 72dpi, 1500 pixels along the longest edge, roughly 5MB in size, RGB, 8-bit JPG files and suitable for non-commercial online and educational use only. Metadata has been included in all our digital images available under the CC licence.

Commercial Use and Larger Digital Images 

If you wish to use the images in a commercial context (anything that has a monetary value, is promotional or related to a commercial company or charity) or need a larger digital file, please contact Tate Images at tate.images@tate.org.uk or visit www.tate-images.com stating the Main Collection reference number  or full Archive TGA of the item you wish to reproduce, and context of reproduction.  If you have any questions, please email  creativecommons@tate.org.uk.  Thank you.