In Conversation with Jesse Darling

The Art Now artist talks to us about their motivation, inspiration and what they feel about art today


An Allegory of Man

Uncover the symbolism hidden in this 400-year-old painting


Five Ways Christian Marclay’s The Clock does more than just tell the time

Learn about the award-winning video installation and why it is more than just a timepiece

Artists In the Collection

Art Terms

Find definitions of over 400 terms, including art movements, styles and techniques

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Surrealism was a movement which began in the 1920s of writers and artists (including Salvador Dalí and René Magritte), who experimented with ways of unleashing the subconscious

Identity politics

Identity politics is the term used to describe an anti-authoritarian political and cultural movement that gained prominence in the USA and Europe in the mid-1980s, asking questions about identity, repression, inequality and injustice and often focusing on the experience of marginalised groups


Impressionism developed in France in the nineteenth century and is based on the practice of painting out of doors and spontaneously ‘on the spot’ rather than in a studio from sketches. Main impressionist subjects were landscapes and scenes of everyday life


The Pre-Raphaelites were a secret society of young artists (and one writer), founded in London in 1848. They were opposed to the Royal Academy’s promotion of the ideal as exemplified in the work of Raphael


Allegory in art is when the subject of the artwork, or the various elements that form the composition, is used to symbolize a deeper moral or spiritual meaning such as life, death, love, virtue, justice etc.


Three-dimensional art made by one of four basic processes: carving, modelling, casting, constructing

Memento mori

A memento mori is an artwork designed to remind the viewer of their mortality and of the shortness and fragility of human life

Pop art

Pop art is an art movement that emerged in the 1950s and flourished in the 1960s in America and Britain, drawing inspiration from sources in popular and commercial culture such as advertising, Hollywood movies and pop music. Key pop artists include Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Hamilton, Peter Blake and David Hockney


Afrofuturism is a cultural aesthetic that combines science-fiction, history and fantasy to explore the African-American experience and aims to connect those from the black diaspora with their forgotten African ancestry


Collage describes both the technique and the resulting work of art in which pieces of paper, photographs, fabric and other ephemera are arranged and stuck down onto a supporting surface

Art In The Collection


How To

How to Weave like Anni Albers

Ever wondered how a piece of fabric is made? Join Textile Designer Rosa Pearks on how to warp and weft ...


Why study art?

Watch major cultural figures talk about why an arts education is important

In the Gallery

The Story of No Woman, No Cry: Audio Description

Listen to and watch an in-depth audio description of Chris Ofili's No Woman, No Cry


Guerrilla Girls: 'You have to question what you see'

The activist group of artists ask us to question what we see in museums

Be Inspired

Look Closer

The Story of Cold Dark Matter

Take an look at the meaning and making of Cornelia Parker's exploded shed and explore the work through questions and ...

How To

How to Paint Like Lowry

Ever wondered how L.S. Lowry made his artwork? Join artist Kathryn Edwards to learn about perspective, form and colour

Tate Kids Cut and Paste

Make a Friendship Bracelet

Create an arty bracelet to wear or give to a friend!

Dig Deeper

Tate Etc

The Strange World of Edward Burne-Jones

Alison Smith

Edward Burne-Jones was a key figure in the art world of the 19th century whose work suffused familiar stories from ...

Tate Etc

My encounters with Anni Albers

Sheila Hicks

‘I don't think I understood her work back then, but now I have a better notion of what it was ...


The Physicality of Research

What does research look like, how do we see it, what happens if we poke it?

In Focus

The Sculpture

Alex Taylor