People sitting around a table in conversation at Tate Exchange

Experiments in Practice: Museums, Art institutions and Social Change in the 21st Century, Tate Modern, 5 June 2017
© Tate Photography, Ana Escobar

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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Research hubs

Collection Care Research

Developing new knowledge to explore the many challenges related to the conservation, management and care of Tate’s collection

Tate Research Centre: Asia

Advancing the documentation, acquisition, display, critical interpretation and public understanding of modern and contemporary Asian art

Tate Research Centre: Learning

Promoting research and knowledge exchange to inform practice in the field of learning in galleries

British Art Network

Bringing together professionals working on British art including curators, researchers and academics, to share expertise, research and ideas

Read, Browse, Explore


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


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

Current Projects


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 currently available research posts are given below. These posts may be funded by external grant-giving bodies or created in partnership with other institutions.

Research Fellowships

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 for 2019 are now closed. Future opportunities will be listed here and on the Delfina Foundation website.

Tate Research Centre: Asia Visiting Fellowship Programme

Tate Research Centre: Asia regularly hosts Visiting Fellows, offering researchers the opportunity to develop their independent research whilst drawing on the wealth of resources available at Tate.

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Calls for Papers

Tate Exchange / Tate Papers – Call for Abstracts

Deadline for abstracts: 5pm on 24 January 2019

Tate Exchange is a platform at Tate Modern and Tate Liverpool that explores how art makes a difference in society. It does this through collaboration with a cohort of Associate organisations and the public, in response to an annual theme, and through a participative, process-led and socially engaged art.

For its fifth anniversary year, Tate Exchange will be publishing a group of papers in the Tate Papers online journal.

Tate Papers is an open access online research journal that publishes scholarly articles on British and modern international art, and on museum practice today. Leading specialists from around the world contribute to Tate Papers, as do researchers working at Tate, and the journal aims to showcase a range of disciplinary approaches to the study of art and museums. Tate Papers has over 209,000 unique visits annually.

Find out more about Tate Exchange

Find out more about Tate Papers

Tate Exchange and Tate Papers is issuing this Call for Abstracts for consideration by its Editorial Project Group’s to progress to written papers.

The issue seeks to include theoretical, research and practice-based voices and topics that may be considered include, though not exhaustively:

  • institutional/practice/sector theories of change
  • space/place/pedagogical/teaching and learning practice
  • civic space/identity
  • critical museology
  • art and activism
  • thematic programming and investigation

It is expected, though not a prerequisite, that those submitting an abstract will have some level of experience and knowledge of Tate Exchange. Abstracts will be accepted from academics, researchers and practitioners.

Abstracts should be no more than 400 words and submitted by 5pm on 24 January 2019, to Tate Exchange Team Coordinator Harald den Breejen by email to Responses will be communicated by the end of February 2019 for a first submissions date of August 2019, with publication in the Autumn of 2020.


Research FAQs

See our Research FAQs for more information and details on how to contact us.

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 Venue

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