Closure

In line with the latest guidance, our galleries are closed until 2 December.

See below for information about ticket booking and the safety measures that we will have in place when you visit. We look forward to welcoming you back into the galleries when we reopen.

Last updated: 10 November 2020, 11.20

Tickets during closure

Membership during closure

Reopening

In line with the latest guidance, our galleries are closed until Wednesday 2 December. The information below will help you planning your visit for when we reopen.

Booking tickets post-closure

Hygiene and safety measures

Facilities and events

Tate shop

General FAQs

If you haven't found the answer to your query, check our other FAQ pages or contact us at hello@tate.org.uk.

What changes have been made to the 2020 exhibition programme?

Due to disruption caused by the November gallery closure in line with the latest guidance, there may be some additional changes to our 2020 exhibition schedule. Please check back in a few days for the updated programme. (Last updated 4 November 2020)

Tickets during closure

I have paid for tickets to visit an exhibition during the dates the galleries are closed.

Thank you for your support. We’ll be in touch with you by email shortly and you will have the opportunity to support us further by donating the value of your ticket to Tate or to have the value refunded. If you have not received an email from us by Tuesday 10 November please email ticketing@tate.org.uk or call us on +44 (0)20 7887 8888 (lines open 10:30 – 17:00 daily).

I have booked free tickets to visit the Collection Routes during the dates the galleries are closed.

Thank you for your support. We’ll be contacting you by email shortly to confirm that the galleries will be closed and that we have automatically cancelled your tickets. You can still re-book your visit for a time after this closure period by visiting tate.org.uk.

Can I still book tickets for when you reopen?

Absolutely. Exhibition and Collection Route tickets are still bookable and can be booked from 2 December up to 31 December 2020. Tickets in to 2021 to be released soon. Sign up to Membership for priority booking or to our emails to be first to hear about future ticket releases.

Membership during closure

What happens to my membership when the gallery is closed?

We’ll continue to bring you the very best of our exhibitions and collection while the galleries are closed. If you have tickets booked for during the closure, we'll be in touch soon by email, there’s no need to contact us.

Do I need to cancel my tickets?

If you have Members tickets booked for during the closure, we'll be in touch soon by email, there’s no need to cancel your tickets.

What happens if I join or buy a gift membership whilst galleries are closed?

You’ll start receiving your benefits straight away if you buy a membership for yourself. If you buy a gift membership, you can choose when it starts up to three months ahead.


How do I cancel my membership?

With a steep drop in revenue and visitor numbers this year, our Members have never been more important in supporting Tate and helping us bring art to everyone. You are part of a very special community that underpins everything we do.

If you would like to discuss options to reduce your membership type and cost, how often your fee is due, or cancel your membership, please give us a call on +44 (0)20 7887 8888 (lines open 10.30 – 17.00 daily) or send us an email at members@tate.org.uk.

Booking tickets post-closure

The galleries are due to reopen on Wednesday 2nd December and the information below will help you planning your visit.

Will I need to book a ticket?

Yes we’re asking all visitors, including Members, Patrons, Supporters and Corporate Partners, to book a timed ticket online in advance. This is so we can manage the number of people in the galleries at any one time and ensure everyone can keep a safe distance.

Are timed tickets free?

Timed tickets for the one-way routes around the collections at Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Tate Liverpool are free of charge. These need to be booked in advance, and can be done online or over the phone. Tickets for temporary exhibitions and Tate St Ives need to be purchased online in advance.

I’m a Tate Member, do I need a timed ticket?

Yes, you will still be able to book to visit permanent and temporary collections for free. However to enable us to manage the number of people in the gallery we are temporarily asking Members to book for each visit. This can be done by signing in to your membership online, and then booking a timed ticket to the collection route or exhibition you'd like to visit.

Please only book tickets that you will use so as many people can enjoy the exhibitions as possible. If you book tickets you can't use it’s very important to let us know so we can offer the tickets to someone else to enjoy. For more information take a look through our Membership FAQs.

If I have an exhibition ticket but want to also see the collection when I visit, do I have to book a separate collection route ticket?

Exhibition tickets also give access to collection routes, with some exceptions – see the specific exhibition booking page for details.

Can I get a ticket in person on the day?

We anticipate that some tickets will remain available each day, allowing visitors to get a ticket in person at the gallery, but we recommend everyone books online in advance to avoid disappointment.

Can I book a group visit?

Group visits cannot be accommodated at this time. This is so we can follow social distancing measures safely.

Hygiene and safety measures

What social distancing and hygiene measures do you have in place?

To help everyone keep a safe distance, we are managing visitor numbers through timed tickets and defined one-way routes through the galleries and exhibitions. There is safe distancing and other guidance signage on-site and hand sanitiser available in key areas. There are also increased cleaning regimes in toilets and other high use areas, and screens are in place at all desks. We’re only accepting card or contactless payments on-site to minimise touch-points, and interactive screens are also currently turned off.

Will I need to wear a mask or face covering?

Yes you are required to wear a face covering in the galleries, in line with government legislation, unless you are exempt. Not all exemptions are visible so please be understanding of others.

What personal protective equipment have you provided for your staff?

All our front of house colleagues are given face coverings to wear if they wish to, although it is not mandatory. They also have hand sanitiser and wipes for equipment, and further items have been issued depending on the team member’s role.

What steps have you taken to ensure visitors with disabilities have access to the galleries?

Tate is for everyone and we want to be as accessible and inclusive as possible in everything we do. We have ensured that maximum access and inclusion has been considered at every stage of our plan for reopening to create a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone who visits.

If I’m unwell on the day of my visit, what should I do?

If you or anyone you live with displays symptoms associated with Covid-19, or if you’ve recently been in contact with someone who has Covid-19 please stay at home and delay your trip until it is safe to visit the galleries.

Do I have to go to every room on my booked route?

You need to follow the one-way system around the galleries but if you want to finish your visit early, you are welcome to use the nearest exit point.

How long am I allowed in each room?

You can visit each room on your booked route for as long or short a time as you like.

Facilities and events

Will the toilets be open?

Yes, there are toilets available on all the routes, with social distancing measures and extra cleaning regimes in place.

Will cloakrooms be open?

All cloakrooms are currently closed. Avoid bringing bulky coats and bags to the galleries. Items larger than cabin bag size (55cm x 40cm x 20cm) are not permitted at all.

Can I bring my skateboard, scooter or folding bikes into the gallery?

Sorry, we don’t currently permit folding bikes, adult scooters and skateboards into the gallery, as our cloakrooms are closed. Children’s scooters and skateboards are permitted but they must be carried by an adult.

Will you be giving out maps, leaflets, or trails?

To minimise touch points, we’re not giving out paper maps or trails. There will be exhibition leaflets available for exhibition visitors to pick up. There will still be large print guides available in exhibitions, with extra cleaning measures in place for these. There are digital versions of maps and exhibition leaflets available on the Tate website.

Are buggies allowed in the gallery?

Yes, as always we welcome visitors with young children and buggies to come and enjoy the galleries.

Will family activities be taking place?

There are no family programmes running at the moment. This is so we can follow social distancing measures safely.

Will guided tours be taking place?

There are no guided tours running at the moment. This is so we can follow social distancing measures safely.

I’m a visitor with access needs, am I still able to book out mobility scooters and wheelchairs for my visit?

Yes, we are still able to lend wheelchairs and mobility scooters, with enhanced cleaning measures in place. These need to be pre-booked, please email hello@tate.org.uk.

Can I visit the Library and Archive at Tate Britain?

Yes, the Library and Archive will be open for the public with social distancing measures in place. Visits will be by appointment only, to book please contact reading.rooms@tate.org.uk

Can I visit the Prints and Drawings Rooms at Tate Britain?

Yes, the Prints and Drawings Rooms will be open for the public with social distancing measures in place. Visits will be by appointment only, to book please contact studyroom@tate.org.uk

Tate shop

I’ve ordered something from Tate’s online shop. Are there any delays in the deliveries?

Our online shop and warehouse are open again, observing social distancing measures, and continuing to clean our sites frequently and thoroughly.

All orders are being fulfilled as usual and will be sent safely, offering contactless delivery so you won’t be asked to sign for anything. There may be short delays to UK orders, due to the high demand on our couriers but all standard orders should arrive within 5 working days. Made to order custom print orders should arrive within the normal 10 working days.

If you have an international order, your delivery may be subject to delays but please get in touch if you have any concerns.

For any queries, email us at shop@tate.org.uk and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

General FAQs

General information about art and artists

Tate can help answer queries about works in the collection but we are not in a position to give general information about art and artists.

How do I contact an artist in the Tate collection?

Tate cannot give out contact details for artists in the Tate collection or who are exhibiting at Tate. Artists can be contacted via their representing commercial gallery.

How do I get my work of art authenticated and valued?

Tate is unable to authenticate or value works of art owned by private individuals. For advice regarding the identification of works of art, contact a reputable art dealer or auction house.

I would like to exhibit my work at Tate. How do I submit an exhibition proposal?

Temporary exhibitions at all Tate galleries range from major retrospectives, historic and group shows to commissions for specific display spaces such as the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern and the Duveen Galleries at Tate Britain. While Tate Modern focuses on producing exhibitions of international modern and contemporary art, the programme at Tate Britain concentrates on British art from 1500 to the present day. Tate Liverpool shows both British and international modern and contemporary art from 1900 to the present day, as well as displays from the Tate collection. Tate St Ives focuses on showing works of art in the surroundings and atmosphere in which they were created.

Tate’s exhibition programmes are planned three years or more in advance, and most exhibitions are the result of proposals generated by our in-house curatorial teams or collaborations with other institutions. The majority of exhibitions and commissions arise from direct invitations to artists and curators. Therefore we can only rarely accommodate unsolicited projects.

If you would like to send an exhibition proposal or examples of your work this should be directed to:

Submissions will be reviewed by staff in the respective curatorial teams, but please note the following:

  • We only accept submissions by email
  • You should include a letter introducing your work/project to us, and a CVwhere appropriate
  • If you are proposing an exhibition, please tell us your ideal timescale for realising the project
  • Owing to the large volume of proposals received, Tate will only be able to respond to those proposals which would be appropriate for our programmes
  • Tate will endeavour to respond to those proposals of suitability within two to three months; we are grateful for your patience while we consider them
  • If you are seeking your first exhibition in the UK, you may find it more helpful to contact some smaller galleries in the first instance
  • We are not a commercial gallery, and therefore cannot represent artists or sell works on their behalf
  • Due to the pressures on Tate curators’ time, we are unable to provide specific feedback
  • There is no need for you to send additional materials to the offices of the Director of Tate Modern, Director of Tate Britain, or Director of Tate.

How do I propose a work of art for acquisition by Tate?

Before proposing a work for acquisition, please familiarise yourself with Tate’s collection and acquisition policy and procedures. For instructions on how to propose an artwork for acquisition by Tate, see collection which features a contacts section at the end of the page.

How can I find an exhibition space?

The magazine Artist’s Newsletter is essential reading for anyone trying to set up or apply for an exhibition. This is available monthly from most art bookshops or by subscription. The magazine features articles on all aspects of art and art practices across the UK but its most useful sections are ‘Opportunities’ and ‘Small Ads’. These sections list useful contacts for commissions, awards, open submission exhibitions, residencies, studios, materials, courses, equipment and more. The magazine is also available online by subscription.

Artist’s Newsletter Publications also produce some of the most practical advice books available to artists, which can be obtained by mail order or from some retail outlets (ICA, The Photographers’ Gallery and the Whitechapel Gallery, for example). Some useful titles include: Directory of Exhibition Spaces, Investigating Galleries and Organising Your Exhibition.

How do I apply to a commercial gallery?

When choosing a gallery to approach it is vital to check whether or not they show a similar type or medium of work as your own. The books listed above should help with this information.

There is also a monthly free magazine called Galleries (available from most London galleries including Tate), which has an index identifying the types of art shown by each gallery. Also useful is the free monthly guide to exhibitions at UK galleries called New Exhibitions of Contemporary Art, available from galleries and museums.

A gallery should first be approached by letter including:

  • An up-to-date education and exhibition CV
  • Up to 10 slides/photographs of recent work clearly labelled with your name, dimensions and medium of the work (remember to mark which way up they should be viewed, even if it seems obvious)
  • A covering letter including an artist’s statement
  • An SAE for return of your materials

How do I hire a gallery?

If you prefer to set up your own show, a number of galleries do offer their spaces for rent. In recent years there have also emerged a number of alternative spaces for those who wish to show their work outside the formal context of the gallery. Details on these spaces can be found in the publications listed above.

Can I use the Tate logo?

Tate does not allow use of the Tate logo on personal or commercial websites without prior consent.