Press Release

The Tanks Go Live

Tate Modern’s transformation continues with the opening of the Tanks on 18 July 2012

Editor notes

The New Development of Tate Modern
The new development, designed by internationally celebrated architects, Herzog & de Meuron, will create a spectacular new building adjoining Tate Modern to the south. This will be Britain’s most important new building for culture since the creation of the British Library in 1998. The new building will increase Tate Modern’s size by 60% adding approximately 21,000 square metres of new space. The development will provide more space for contemporary art and enable Tate to explore new areas of contemporary visual culture involving photography, film, video and performance, enriching its current programme for a broader audience.
The opportunity to complete the first phase of the building has been made possible by a number of major donations to the campaign which, together, has raised over three quarters of the total capital costs of £215 million. Tate has received £50 million from Government, £7m from the Greater London Authority and the remainder from private sources. At this stage, the donors wish to remain anonymous.

London 2012 Cultural Olympiad

About the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival

The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements.  Spread over four years, it is designed to give everyone in the UK a chance to be part of London 2012and inspire creativity across all forms of culture, especially among young people.

The culmination of the Cultural Olympiad will be the London 2012 Festival, bringing leading artists from all over the world together from 21 June 2012 in this UK-wide festival – a chance for everyone to celebrate London 2012 through dance, music, theatre, the visual arts, fashion, film and digital innovation.

Principal funders of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival are Arts Council England, Legacy Trust UK and the Olympic Lottery DistributorBP and BT are Premier Partners of the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Festival.  For more details visit