Patrons play a critical role in helping Tate grow and conserve its collection, stage exhibitions and facilitate innovative learning projects

Patrons enjoy a drinks reception in Tate Britain's Phillip King display
Patrons enjoy a drinks reception in Tate Britain's Phillip King display

As Tate looks ahead to a period of expansion, the support of Tate Patrons is more important than ever in ensuring that Tate can continue to provide access to art to audiences now and in the future.

Patrons gather outside the Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibition entrance
With Patrons support, Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs was staged at Tate Modern, 17 April – 7 September 2014
Patrons look at works in the Tate Archive
Patrons have helped bring a number of remarkable works into the Tate Archive

Below are some of the remarkable ways Patrons have contributed to the gallery.

The collection

Every year, Patrons contribute to the acquisition of artworks to Tate’s collection of British, modern and contemporary art. Patrons continue to strengthen Tate’s representation by helping to acquire works by artists already in the collection, while also welcoming new artists into the collection for the first time.

Browse the slideshow below to see some of the recent acquisitions supported by Patrons.

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The recent acquisition of an important body of works by British photographer Jo Spence will form the basis of Tate Britain’s BP Spotlight: Jo Spence.These works were supported by Patrons and introduced the artist to Tate’s collection for the first time. 

Take a look at all the artworks Patrons have supported over the last thirty years.


Patrons at the exhibition entrance of Marlene Dumas
Patrons enjoy a curator-led tour of Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden at Tate Modern, staged with Patron's support

The funding provided by Patrons helps stage exhibitions at Tate Britain and Tate Modern throughout the year. The breadth of exhibitions supported by the Patrons is a testament to their commitment to showcasing both historic and modern art.

Patrons have supported landmark exhibitions such as Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, which received some of the highest visitor numbers to a Tate exhibition, and Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde. More recently, Patrons have supported Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden and Sculpture Victorious.

Tate Britain’s current exhibition Fighting History was staged with Patrons’ support. We look forward to the opening of Frank Auerbach at Tate Britain and Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture at Tate Modern, both staged with the help of Tate Patrons. 


Learning at Tate is focused on the profound and transformative impact art can have on individuals and communities. The Patrons’ remarkable commitment to Tate’s learning projects has allowed the learning programme to develop initiatives and reach out to thousands of young children, families, schools and individuals with varying disabilities.

In 2013/14, Patrons supported the Families and Early Years programme and the Schools and Teachers Workshops.


Patrons continue to provide critical funding for conservation projects, allowing Tate to preserve the nation’s collection of British, modern and contemporary art for the enjoyment of future generations. 

As leading supporters of Mark Rothko’s Black on Maroon 1958, Patrons enabled the work to be restored and reunited with the other works in Rothko’s Seagram series. You can see Black on Maroon on display in Tate Modern’s Making Traces display.

It is with the support of Tate Patrons that Sir John Everett MillaisThe North-West Passage 1874 will be cleaned and repaired in time for it to be displayed in Tate Britain’s major exhibition Artist and Empire in 2015.