Creative Commons licences and Tate

How to access material and use Creative Commons licences for works in our archive and main collection

Creative Commons

Tate releases low-resolution images of some of its art and archive collection under a Creative Commons Licence CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported). This licence lets you share images in specific contexts while safeguarding the copyright holder’s rights and Tate’s income.
You can share images only if you:

1) Attribute (BY) the artist/artwork and collection. You must state the following when sharing the image:

a) artist name, title of work, year of creation

b) © (copyright holder’s name), Photo: Tate

c) Mention CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported)

d) Provide a link back to the work on the main Tate website

2) Use it in a Non-Commercial (NC) context only. The image cannot be reproduced in any manner that is primarily intended for or directed toward commercial advantage or monetary compensation.

3) Show the image as a Non Derivative Work (ND). This means that the image has not been re-sized, altered, cropped or changed before sharing.
All use of Tate images under Creative Commons is checked by Tate. Please email us about how you plan to use the work at Thank you.

The digital images available under the CC licence are 72dpi, 1500 pixels along the longest edge, roughly 5MB in size, RGB, 8-bit JPG files and suitable for non-commercial online and educational use only. Metadata has been included in all our digital images available under the CC licence.

All Tate’s CC images are labelled as such. Simply right-click on a CC image to download and use it.

Commercial Use and Larger Digital Images

If you wish to use the images in a commercial context (anything that has a monetary value, is promotional or related to a commercial company or charity) or need a larger digital file, please contact Tate Images at or visit stating the Main Collection reference number or full Archive TGA of the item you wish to reproduce, and context of reproduction. If you have any questions, please email Thank you.