In 2011–12 alone, Patrons helped secure 10 new artworks for the collection. These included an installation by sound artist Susan Philipsz, the first of her works to be acquired by Tate; an important early Scottish portrait by court painter Adam de Colone; a sculpture by Portuguese artist Pedro Cabrita Reis, as well as a series of works by British artist Cerith Wyn Evans which formed part of a highly popular recent display at Tate Britain.
Earlier this year, Patrons also helped fund Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan at Tate Modern. The show surveyed the work of Boetti, one of the most important Italian artists of the twentieth century, and saw over 50,000 visitors. The current major Tate Britain exhibition, Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde, has also been made possible with the support of the Patrons.
Duncan Grant and the Bloomsbury groups role in shaping the development of British modernism is considerable. Last year, Grants entire archive – including correspondence to family, friends and lovers, sketches and diaries – was generously gifted to Tate. The cataloguing of the archive – an extensive piece of work – was enabled by the Patrons and will ensure that this rich source of material is available for future generations.
Patrons support also plays a crucial role in facilitating key access programmes that help make Tate accessible to all our visitors. These include British Sign Language and Lipspeaker talks and touch tours in the galleries, and workshops for children with special educational needs. Please download our 2010–11 and 2011–12 Annual Reports for further information.