Patrons help Tate acquire works of art for the collection, stage a diverse and ambitious programme of exhibitions, and ensure access for all through innovative learning programmes

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  • Martin Creed, 'Work No. 203: EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT' 1999

    Martin Creed
    Work No. 203: EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT 1999
    Neon
    object: 500 x 13000 mm
    Presented by Tate Patrons 2009 Martin Creed

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  • A portrait of a lady from 1625 wearing a dark dress with white ruffs on her cuffs and around the back of her neck

    Adam de Colone
    Portrait of Lady Margaret Livingstone, 2nd Countess of Wigtown 1625
    Oil paint on canvas
    Frame: 1323 x 1025 x 58 mm
    Presented by Tate Patrons 2011

  • A sculpture that has a black shape - an abstract version of a person - standing on a tall cardboard plinth

    Martin Boyce
    Untitled 2009
    Altered Eames plywood leg splints, brass, cardboard, mdf and acrylic paint
    Object: 1663 x 220 x 240 mm
    Presented by Tate Patrons 2011
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  • Albert Oehlen, 'Loa' 2007

    Albert Oehlen
    Loa 2007
    Acrylic paint, oil paint, collage, ink on canvas
    support: 1702 x 3102 x 41 mm
    Presented by Tate Patrons 2009 Albert Oehlen

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  • Sophie Calle, 'The Hotel, Room 44' 1981

    Sophie Calle
    The Hotel, Room 44 1981
    Photograph and text on paper
    displayed: 2140 x 1420 mm
    Presented by the Patrons of New Art through the Tate Gallery Foundation 1999 DACS, 2004

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  • William Blake, 'First Book of Urizen pl. 10' 1796, circa 1818

    William Blake
    First Book of Urizen pl. 10 1796, circa 1818
    Colour etching with paint, watercolour and ink on paper
    support: 266 x 185 mm
    Purchased with funds provided by the Art Fund, Tate Members, Tate Patrons, Tate Fund and individual donors 2009

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  • Paule Vézelay, 'Five Forms' 1935

    Paule Vzelay
    Five Forms 1935
    Plaster
    object: 280 x 380 x 250 mm, 9 kg
    Presented by the Patrons of British Art through the Tate Gallery Foundation 2000 The estate of Paule Vzelay

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  • Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, 'Portrait of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll' circa 1931

    Gerald Leslie Brockhurst
    Portrait of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll circa 1931
    Oil on canvas
    support: 762 x 641 x 20 mm
    Presented by Tate Patrons 2009 Richard Woodward

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  • William Kentridge, 'Felix in Exile' 1994

    William Kentridge
    Felix in Exile 1994
    Animation film
    Presented by the Patrons of New Art through the Tate Gallery Foundation 1998 William Kentridge

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  • David Lamelas, 'Film Script (Manipulation of Meaning)' 1972

    David Lamelas
    Film Script (Manipulation of Meaning) 1972
    16mm film, colour and 3 slide projections, 69 slides each
    Overall displayed dimensions variable
    Presented by Tate Patrons 2010 David Lamelas

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  • Carey Young, 'Body Techniques (after A Line in Ireland, Richard Long, 1974)' 2007

    Carey Young
    Body Techniques (after A Line in Ireland, Richard Long, 1974) 2007
    Lightjet print on paper
    image: 1219 x 1518 mm
    Presented by Tate Patrons 2009 Carey Young

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  • Eva Rothschild, 'Legend' 2009

    Eva Rothschild
    Legend 2009
    Powder coated aluminium and perspex
    object: 2880 x 2200 x 2100 mm
    Presented by Tate Patrons 2010 Eva Rothschild

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  • John Michael Wright, 'Portrait of Mrs Salesbury with her Grandchildren Edward and Elizabeth Bagot' 1675-6

    John Michael Wright
    Portrait of Mrs Salesbury with her Grandchildren Edward and Elizabeth Bagot 1675-6
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1295 x 1336 mm
    Presented by the Patrons of British Art through the Tate Gallery Foundation 1993

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  • Keith Arnatt, 'Walking the Dog' 1976-9

    Keith Arnatt
    Walking the Dog 1976-9
    Gelatin silver print on paper
    unconfirmed: 390 x 305 mm
    Presented by Tate Patrons 2010 The estate of Keith Arnatt

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  • British School 16th century, 'An Allegory of Man' 1596 or after

    British School 16th century
    An Allegory of Man 1596 or after
    Oil on wood
    support: 570 x 514 mm
    Presented by the Patrons of British Art 1990

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  • Rebecca Warren, 'In The Bois' 2005

    Rebecca Warren
    In The Bois 2005
    Wood, MDF, Perspex, Neon gas, glass, plastic, wool, polystyrene, clay, nylon and paint
    displayed: 580 x 1603 x 322 mm
    Presented by Tate Patrons 2008 Rebecca Warren, courtesy Maureen Paley, London

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Acquisitions

Since 1982 Patrons have supported the acquisition of over 200 works to the collection, including works by artists such as Paula Rego, John Constable, Eva Rothschild, William Blake, John Stezaker, and Mona Hatoum.

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.

A large chandelier glass is a mixture of clear, blue and orange colours and the lights look like candles

Cerith Wyn Evans
Astrophotography…The Traditional Measure of Photographic Speed in Astronomy…’ by Siegfried Marx (1987) 2006
Glass chandelier, flat screen and morse code unit
Overall display dimensions variable
Purchased with funds provided by a private donor, Tate Patrons, the Yuz Foundation, Caldic Collectie, Wassenaar and Samien and Nina Wisnia 2012
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Exhibitions

In 2012, 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 major Tate Britain exhibition, Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde, has also been made possible with the support of the Patrons.

Duncan Grant archive

Duncan Grant and the Bloomsbury group’s role in shaping the development of British modernism is considerable. Last year, Grant’s 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.

Batches of papers wrapped in brown paper in a box

Selected materials from the Duncan Grant Archive

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Access programmes

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 2011–12 and 2012–13 Annual Reports for further information.

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