Artists’ Perspectives

January 2009 – January 2009

Artists’ Perspectives is a series of articles by artists from around the world about works from the Tate collection which intrigue or inspire them

Guy Tillim, ‘City Hall Offices, Lubumbashi, DR Congo’ 2008
Guy Tillim
City Hall Offices, Lubumbashi, DR Congo 2008
© Guy Tillim
Alexandre da Cunha, ‘Skateboarderistismatronics (fan)’ 2004
Alexandre da Cunha
Skateboarderistismatronics (fan) 2004
© Alexandre da Cunha. Courtesy the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery, London.
Rachel Whiteread, ‘Untitled (Air Bed II)’ 1992
Rachel Whiteread
Untitled (Air Bed II) 1992
© Rachel Whiteread
Damien Hirst, ‘Mother and Child (Divided)’ exhibition copy 2007 (original 1993)
Damien Hirst
Mother and Child (Divided) exhibition copy 2007 (original 1993)
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd.
Richard Long, ‘A Line Made by Walking’ 1967
Richard Long
A Line Made by Walking 1967
© Richard Long
Sir John Everett Millais, Bt, ‘The North-West Passage’ 1874
Sir John Everett Millais, Bt
The North-West Passage 1874

Artists’ Perspectives was an initiative launched in 2010, aiming to offer wider linguistic access to Tate by offering articles about the collection in languages other than English. It was initially funded via the World Collections Programme, and the artists approached were from outside Europe and North America.

Blog series: 2009–12

Artists were invited to write a short article on a single work – or a small selection of works – in Tate’s collection, to be published in English and another language of their choice, which was usually their first language. Six texts were completed, by the artists Nazgol Ansarinia, Lamia Joreige, Kader Attia, Cao Fei, Kishio Suga and Carla Zaccagnini.




Tate Etc. / Artists’ Perspectives

As part of the next stage of Artists’ Perspectives we will translate a number of texts written by international artists for Tate’s magazine, Tate Etc. These will be published in late 2013 in Chinese, Arabic, French and Spanish, to sit alongside the existing English versions in Tate Etc.

We will continue to produce new Artists’ Perspectives in future, commissioning and translating more texts in a wider variety of languages. Alongside artists, other protagonists in the art world might also be invited to write texts. As the project evolves the constant elements will be:

  • Texts will engage with the Tate collection
  • Authors will be mostly from outside the UK
  • Texts will be published in English and at least one other language

Project Information

Project type
International project
Lead department
Tate National
Support department
Tate International
Project leader
Ted McDonald-Toone