artist-led tour of Tate Liverpool

Without Members support Tate would not be what it is today
Nicholas Serota, Tate Director

Members are at the heart of Tate and every year you provide vital funding to the galleries.

Members support helps us build and care for the collection, as well as fund national and regional partnerships allowing more art to be seen by more people. Tate’s ambitious and bold building projects would also not have been possible without your support.

Take a look below for a snapshot of how Members have helped over the past 12 months:

Building the collection
Creating partnerships across the UK
Building for the future
Supporting development at Tate St Ives
Exhibitions you’ve helped put on in gallery

Building the collection

Every year Members help us to grow the collection, ensuring a diverse range of artists are represented from all corners of the world.

In the last year alone Members have helped acquire over 30 artworks, including:

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Whilst in the 56 years Tate Members have been supporting the gallery you’ve helped us acquire over 500 artworks, from Picasso to Hockney, Hogarth and more – meaning there is more art, from more places, for more people to enjoy.

View all the gifts and bequests from Tate Members.

Creating partnerships across the UK

This year Members helped save John Constable’s iconic masterpiece Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows for the nation.

John Constable Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831

John Constable, Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831

This acquisition formed the groundbreaking new partnership, Aspire, between five national and regional galleries.

The partnership will enable this artwork to go on almost constant view in partner venues across the UK. At each venue, it will be presented within the context of the local collection to tease out connections and inspire new audiences and discussion.

Building for the future

Providing exciting, innovative and provocative spaces for art to be enjoyed has always been a must for Tate.

Members support goes towards the development of such spaces and also the maintaining of them to ensure we remain a must-see attraction for our stunning collection and remarkable spaces.

The New Tate Modern

An architectural concept view of the new building at Tate Modern from the south

View from South at dusk

© Hayes Davidson and Herzog & de Meuron

The extension to Tate Modern can now be seen rising alongside Tate Modern’s iconic power station.

This major project will provide space for more of our collection to go on display, as well as an additional Members Room, complete with a stunning view across London.

Transforming Tate Britain

In 2013 the new Tate Britain opened its doors after a major redevelopment project led by architects Caruso St John. The gallery has a new chronological collection display, for the first time allowing 500 years of British art to be seen under one roof in historical sequence.

The central spiral staircase in the rotunda, Tate Britain - Courtesy Caruso St John and Tate

The Rotunda with new central staircase

© Hélène Binet

The development also means a new Members Room positioned on the Rotunda balcony. This space was previously closed to the public and has been opened up for Members to enjoy.

See more of the transformed space when Kevin McCloud visited on the eve of its reopening:

Supporting development at Tate St Ives

The Queen's visit to Tate St Ives in May 2013, where she met some of the orginal members of STAG

The Queen’s visit to Tate St Ives in May 2013, where she met some of the orginal members of STAG

© Tate. J. Fernandes

At Tate St Ives, our other major building project is well under way. We have begun the excavation of the site and have successfully refurbished the gallery’s reception areas and created a new St Ives Modernist Resource Room.

In the next stage of the project we will double the existing gallery spaces as well as provide much-improved facilities for learning.

Tate St Ives was honoured to host a visit from Her Majesty the Queen, testimony to the impact the gallery has had on Cornwall and the South West.

Exhibitions you’ve helped put on in gallery

Richard Deacon
5 February – 27 April 2014

A major exhibition of the work of the Turner Prize winning sculptor, known for his large, lyrical open forms made from sinuous bent wood, contorted steel and highly glazed ceramics.

Tate St Ives Summer 2013
18 May – 29 September 2013

Continuing its tradition of biennial summer exhibitions, Tate St Ives presented work by eight artists, all of which responded to the histories, geography and location of St Ives. Barbara Hepworth, Patrick Heron and Marlow Moss were shown alongside contemporary artists Linder, Allen Ruppersberg, R.H.Quaytman, Gareth Jones and Nick Relph.

Aquatopia: The Imaginary of the Ocean Deep
12 October 2013 – 26 January 2014

From ancient sea monsters and futuristic dolphin embassies, to beautiful sirens and paramilitary gill-men, this exhibition brought together over 150 contemporary and historic artworks to show how the ocean deep has been imagined by artists, writers and poets through time and across cultures.

Moyra Davey: Hangmen of England
8 June – 6 October 2013

Images taken in Liverpool and Manchester by this New York-based photographer.

Palle Nielsen: The Model
8 November 2013 – 2 February 2014

Archival material from Danish artist Palle Nielsen’s groundbreaking social experiment A Model for a Qualitative Society 1968, which turned the Moderna Museet in Stockholm into a children’s playground.

Keywords: Art, Culture and Society in 1980s Britain
28 February – 11 May 2014

Inspired by Marxist academic Raymond Williams’s seminal book Keywords, this exhibition looked at how changes in the meaning of words reflect cultural shifts in society. It included works by Rita Donagh, Sunil Gupta, Donald Rodney and others.

Richard Hawkins: Hijikata Twist
28 February – 11 May 2014

This contemporary American artist ‘twisted’ classic Western figurative paintings.

Thank you for your on going support as a Tate Member.