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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Research hubs

Read, Browse, Explore

  • 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. Now in its sixth year, the programme will enable two visual arts professionals to work with Tate colleagues in London for six months commencing April 2020, one each in the Tate Britain Curatorial department and Tate’s Collection Care department, complemented by activities at Delfina Foundation. Applications are now open – apply by 15 November 2019. Visit Working At Tate for full details and information on how to apply.

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.

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The British Art Network is currently inviting proposals for the upcoming conference Museum Collections on Prescription: Political Rhetoric, Civic Responsibility or Engagement Opportunity?

Find out more details and how to submit a proposal.

Deadline for submissions: 16 December 2019

Cutting Edge: Collage in Britain, 1900 to Now
Tate Britain, London
27–28 March 2020

Collage pieces together fragments. It builds them up into an aggregation of conjunctions, contradictions and superimpositions. It experiments with found and broken forms, and explores lack and incompleteness. While doing so, it also speaks of superabundance, hyper-production and the acceleration of image circulation. Collage embraces polyphony and has been used to resist the identification of any one subject or perspective as normative.

Collage seems to gain heightened currency in times of national and international crisis. It has offered searing and satirical responses to authority and aggression. At key moments of political struggle, it has been mobilised to suggest alternative viewpoints and dismantle dominant narratives. Collage cuts across cultures. It has the potential to overlay the local and the global, and to address questions of borders, barriers and modes of exchange.

This conference is intended to explore these and other aspects of collage in relation to visual culture in Britain, from 1900 to today. It invites fresh perspectives on collage as a practice and on its contribution to modern and contemporary British visual culture.

We welcome academic papers and practice-led contributions addressing, but not limited to, the following topics:

Collage and British visual culture:

  • Collage and British Surrealism
  • Collage, Brutalism and Pop
  • Collage, Punk and the countercultural
  • Collage and feminist art practices
  • The poetics of fragmentation in modern and contemporary British culture, from fine art to literature, film and the digital
  • Collage and the contemporary: what is the currency of collage today?

Britain and beyond: collage and the transnational:

  • Collage and transnational exchange
  • Collage and the construction and deconstruction of national identity
  • Collage and cosmopolitanism

Collage politics: resistance, representation and identity:

  • Collage as an instrument of political opposition and deviance
  • Collage and the construction and deconstruction of race, ethnicity, class and gender identity

Collage technologies and materialities:

  • Collage as a manifestation of the changing relationship between humans, machines and technology
  • Collage, photocollage, photomontage, montage and moving image
  • Collage and the material fragments
  • Collage and painting

Collage methodologies and historiographies:

  • Collage as historical document
  • Collage as an activity, category or methodology
  • The collage aesthetic as a methodological approach
  • Collage and the crisis of representation

Conference convened by Elena Crippa, Zuzana Flaskova, Mark Hallett and Rosie Ram

Supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

This two-day conference is organised in conjunction with the Tate Britain Spotlight display Vital Fragments: Nigel Henderson and the Art of Collage, curated by Mark Hallett and Rosie Ram with Zuzana Flaskova. The display is open from 2 December 2019 to 5 April 2020.

Submission Guidelines

Proposals are invited for 20-minute contributions to the conference. Submissions should include a title, abstract (500 words maximum), short author’s bio (150 words maximum), institutional affiliation (if applicable) and contact details.

Submissions should be sent to: research@tate.org.uk

Deadline for abstract submissions: 2 December 2019
Selection announced: 16 December 2019

Further conference details, including how to book, will be posted on the Tate website in due course.


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


    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