Tate Research Strategy

Mapping out the next five years and our vision to create a vibrant research culture across Tate

Research at Tate involves a range of subject disciplines, including art history, conservation and conservation science, collection management, education and museology, as well as a variety of research methods and outputs.

Projects often bring together specialists through interdisciplinary collaborations and partnerships with organisations such as museums, universities, other Independent Research Organisations and industrial partners.

Research helps us encourage new knowledge, address practical problems, develop new tools for practice, and allows us to contribute to broader debates.


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  • Publications

    Our large-scale publications present in-depth research into key areas of interest, from Henry Moore to performance at Tate
  • In Focus

    In Focus projects examine artworks in Tate’s collection from a range of perspectives, reflecting contemporary approaches to object-based scholarship
  • Features

    Browse a growing range of interviews and articles related to research activity at Tate



Tate is delighted to host a growing number of doctoral students who gain professional experience and contribute ideas and knowledge to Tate’s programmes and projects.

Here, Maria Balshaw, Director of Tate, introduces the Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme with insights from doctoral students engaged in research at Tate.

Current studentships and how to apply


Details of current opportunities are given below. Follow us on Twitter for updates, news and opportunities.

Brooks International Fellowship Programme

The Brooks International Fellowship Programme at Tate and Delfina Foundation is an annual fellowship and residency generously supported by the Elizabeth and Rory Brooks Foundation. Applications are now closed; future opportunities will be advertised here, on Working at Tate, on the Delfina Foundation website, and on Twitter @TateResearch.

Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational

The Centre offers a variety of short-term posts to offer developmental opportunities to researchers and curators from around the world including Adjunct Curator posts, a Visiting Fellowship programme and a Travel Grant programme.

Find out more


Curating, Care and Community

A seminar organised by the British Art Network’s Early Career Curators Group

Tuesday 9 June 2020 11.00–16.00 (approximate timings)

Venue: MK Gallery, 900 Midsummer Blvd, Milton Keynes MK9 3QA

Deadline for proposals: Tuesday 24 March 2020, 09.00

Download this Call for Contributions [PDF]

This seminar will seek to explore how we, as curators, care for others both within and beyond the curatorial community. Together with an examination of the professional context in which we operate, the seminar will provide an opportunity to investigate issues such as mental health and wellbeing, funding and resources, our relationships and representation, and how these affect those connected with museums and galleries; from staff and colleagues to participants and visitors.

The word ‘curator’ derives from the Latin word curare, ‘to care’. As curators, we are charged with the physical and intellectual care of collections – the artworks, objects and narratives found within our cultural institutions. However, it is evident to us as a group of early career curators from a range of disciplinary backgrounds that the concept of care within our sector must stretch beyond the guardianship of cultural heritage, to the care of and concern for those around us.

And so what role does ‘care’ play in a more holistic sense in our work? How do we care for each other, both within our institutional communities but also in those that look outward? Is the role of the Curator being recast to include expanded responsibilities, or does the act of curating now encompass a variety of non-traditional activities, pursued by people who may not be identified specifically as Curators?

At a time when an increasing sense of responsibility within the profession is confounded by ever-greater cuts to funding and resources for our cultural institutions, is it possible for our organisations to care sufficiently for staff, artists and collaborators, as well as the audiences and public they serve? We do not seek consensus in searching for answers to these questions – rather we hope to provoke substantive, productive discussion.

We invite contributions from across a range of disciplines which seek to explore these questions and challenges. We welcome contributions in the traditional format of presenting a paper, but also those of a more discursive nature, prompting open discussion based on recent, ongoing or potential projects and case studies. We also welcome contributions in other forms such as performance and time-based media.

Subject areas and proposed discussions can include, but are not limited to: mental health and wellbeing, financial and collaborative partnerships, socially engaged exhibitions and curation projects, creating a legacy of ‘care’, representation within collections, disability and practice. We encourage proposals and interdisciplinary case studies from museum and gallery professionals, artists, health professionals, academics and independent scholars. Contributions, which can be submitted individually or in collaboration, should be a maximum of 15 minutes in length.

Contact for enquiries: Rachel Smith curatingcare@gmail.com

All potential contributors will be contacted by mid-April regarding their submissions.


Research FAQs

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Research Facilities

  • Tate Archive

    A wealth of material relating to the history of British art from 1900 to the present
  • Tate Library

    A collection of books, catalogues and rare items relating to British art from 1500s and international art from c.1900
  • Tate Britain


    Prints and Drawings Rooms

    View drawings, prints and more from Tate’s collection not currently on display in the galleries
  • Art and Artists

    Artworks, films, articles, biographies, glossary terms and more. Explore Tate’s growing collection of British and international art

Banner image credit: J.M.W. Turner, Norham Castle, Sunrise c.1845
Tate Papers banner image credit: John Gibson, Rear view of An Unknown Young Woman late 1820s, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven