This is Britain: The Home of British Art

Vivienne Westwood and Lauren Laverne know theirs. So does Jon Snow. But which two works by British artists in the Tate Collection that you think speak to each other would you choose?



As recent visitors to Tate Britain will have noticed, the gallery spaces here are undergoing something of a transformation, all of which will be revealed next year. These changes have given us a great opportunity to think afresh about British art, as well as ask art lovers which works by British artists (or artists working in Britain) over the last 500 years, appeal to them the most, and why.

So, to help shine a light on what’s in the BP British Art Displays at Tate Britain, we have made a series of short films featuring some of our supporters choose two works currently on show. Presenter Lauren Laverne talks about childhood reminiscences in front of Millais’s Ophelia and Pauline Boty’s rendition of Marilyn Monroe in The Only Blonde in the World; fashion designer Vivienne Westwood describes her love of London through the eyes of Frank Auerbach and James Abbott McNeill Whistler, while comedian Adam Buxton takes a sideways look at 18th century portraiture.

Not only do these juxtapositions echo our own poster campaign, their opinions (as well as those by musician Ghostpoet, iconic news reader Jon Snow and art historian Gus Casely–Hayford), are insightful and inspiring, personal and passionate, and in some cases, very funny. So please take a look at our new films, I hope you enjoy them.

Penelope Curtis, Director, Tate Britain