Tate conservation staff at work with frames

© James Deavin

You might be surprised by the range of opportunities at Tate.

From curators and conservators to visitor and ticketing assistants, across learning, marketing, IT and development, a wide range of people work together to promote understanding and enjoyment of art.

As well as the teams below, the subsidiary Tate Enterprises includes roles in publishing, catering, retail, merchandising, business development and more.

Art Handling and Storage

Art Handling and Storage installs, packs and moves artworks for Tate exhibitions and loans. It also manages storage sites in Southwark and Wiltshire. Roles in the team include art handlers (part-time and full-time, permanent and casual), supervisors and managers.

Audiences and Media

Audiences and Media aims to develop new and innovative ways for audiences to engage with all of Tate’s activity.

Membership and Ticketing sells tickets, memberships and related products, providing great service, help and information to customers and Tate Members. Roles in the department include Membership and ticketing assistants (part-time, full-time and casual) as well as supervisors and managers.

Tate Members is one of Europe’s most successful arts membership schemes. The team is small, and includes the Membership Manager and Marketing Manager.

Marketing works to promote exhibitions and events, attracting new visitors, encouraging repeat visits, and maximising visitor numbers to all four galleries. Roles include marketing managers and marketing assistants.

The Press Office promotes Tate to the international, national and regional media. Roles in the department include senior press officer, press officers and assistant press officers.


Tate’s Conservation department restores and prevents damage and deterioration to works in our care, ensuring that the collection is available for future generations to enjoy. The department includes conservators, conservation technicians, conservation scientists and administrators, specialising in paintings, frames, sculpture, paper, time-based media and conservation science.


The curatorial departments at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool, Tate St Ives and Tate National develop and share Tate’s collection. They focus on research, display and acquisition, conceiving public programmes that showcase and bring the holdings to life. They put together exhibitions, commission work from artists and get involved in film programmes. Posts include curators, assistant creators and administrators.


The Development Office is responsible for all fundraising at Tate in support of programmes, collection development and capital projects. The team raises money from individual donors, foundations and public funders, and through corporate sponsorship, membership and private events. Team members include heads of departments, managers, officers and administrative staff.

Director’s Office

The Director’s Office leads Tate through the effective development, coordination and delivery of its strategy, co-ordinating the process of governance. It takes the lead on internal policy development and Tate’s contribution to external policy, and manages a Tate-wide programme of external relations.


Tate’s Learning department aims to invite and invent new ways of looking at art. It delivers a range of experiences that develop deeper understanding, knowledge and engagement with art and have enjoyment at their heart. Team members include schools liaison assistants, curators and assistant curators and artist educators.


The Chief Operating Officer’s division includes a range of posts, ranging from entry level administration posts to managerial and director level, in Finance, Human Resources, Legal and Information Systems. It also operates the thriving Tate Online Shop.

Library and Archive

Tate Library and Archive’s unique collections include hundreds of thousands of books, exhibition catalogues and rare items relating to Tate’s collection. Roles range from qualified and specialist librarians and cataloguers to library assistants and administrators.


Tate Photography records the collection and supports other departments at Tate (including Marketing, Curatorial and Tate Online). Capture and output is primarily digital. Our small team of in-house photographers is supported by a casual pool of freelancers and technicians.


Tate’s Registrars oversee the care, movement, documentation and storage of works of art for the collection and special exhibitions. Registrars and assistant registrars working with loans, displays and the Prints and Drawings Rooms.


Tate’s Research department leads and supports the development and undertaking of scholarly research across Tate. The department also fosters research collaborations with external partners, especially in universities, and oversees a range of projects in different subject areas (curatorial, collection care, learning and cultural policy).

Tate National

Tate National develops Tate programmes to reach audiences beyond our galleries, creating national and international collaborative experience, all based on learning. These programmes are typically delivered through our national and international partnerships, including education and learning partnerships.

Visitor Experience and Estates

Visitor Experience helps visitors to explore and enjoy our galleries. Roles include casual positions for major exhibitions, permanent staff in the galleries such as information and visitor assistants, and managers who define and deliver our commitment to customer care.

Estates manage the estates and facilities across our galleries and storage sites, making sure programmes are delivered in line with statutory guidelines and regulatory standards and procedures. Most roles in the team are managerial, as facilities management is carried out by our contractors SPIE Matthew Hall.

Contact us

If you have any queries about recruitment at Tate, please feel free to contact us. We’re happy to help.

Email galleryjobs@tate.org.uk
Call +44 (0)20 7887 4997