photograph of 4 different packets of Tate Coffee

Coffee by Tate was set up in 2011 to buy and roast specialty coffee for the Tate Gallery cafés, bars and restaurants. We want you to create an artwork for the packaging of their next range of coffees! The four winners will each have their artwork appear on one type of coffee. These coffees will be sold online and in the shops across Tate.

We want your work to respond to the main values of Coffee by Tate: quality, community and gender equality. We’re not looking for artworks inspired by artists in Tate’s collection. We’d love to see your own new and original ideas!

The designers of the chosen artworks will be paid a usage fee of £750.


Want to get involved? Watch the video below first. It will help you understand the story of Coffee by Tate, as well as its core values. Once you’ve watched it, scroll down for a step-by-step guide on how to submit.

This opportunity is an open callout for 16–25s who are part of Tate Collective. You can join Tate Collective for free.

Watch the story of Coffee by Tate

On the grounds of Tate Britain sits a converted World War Two Nissen Hut, which houses the roastery behind Coffee by Tate. Coffee by Tate started in 2011, as one of the ways to directly support the gallery.

Since then, the roastery has embarked on a Gender Equality Project to ensure at least 50% of coffee beans come from women producers.

To support this effort, Coffee by Tate intentionally purchases from families, small cooperatives and women-led coffee producers.

Tate buys from several matriarchs, like Carmen Lucia Chavez de Brito, perhaps because they have gathered a wealth of knowledge over the years. These women have created successful farms, producing excellent quality coffee. The knowledge acquired by these women is passed down through generations.

In Honduras, Tate works with Yolanda Urrea Arita and her husband, who own a 2 hectare farm. The farm is covered by the native forest and shade trees as Yolanda believes the synergy of the coffee to its nature-filled environment is key to producing the tastiest coffee.

Coffee by Tate works with small, rather than large scale, cooperatives. These are collaborative farming efforts where small independent farmers can come together to share resources and create a unique localised blend that sells internationally for better prices.

Back in London, Tate’s roastery is itself women-led. Now, a community has evolved allowing small businesses to develop their coffee roasting skills in a supportive space.

Coffee by Tate believes that quality is not defined purely by flavour profile but also by the values of wellbeing, fairness and gender equity. With this ethos, they’re able to sell coffee to help fund Tate Gallery and champion coffee producers and professionals of all genders throughout the coffee value chain.

How to submit

Step 1:

  • Your artwork will have to be designed so it can fit on the packaging properly. Please click on the box below to see the specs for this project.

Step 2:

Step 3:

  • In the subject heading add: Coffee Open Call: Your Name
  • For example: Coffee Open Call: John Smith

Step 4:

  • Attach your artwork submission to the email. If your email is over 8MB in size, please use a WeTransfer link using the same address. Paste that WeTransfer link into your email to us.
  • Please name your files in this style: Name – Title – Coffee Open Call
  • For example: John Smith – Coffee Drinkers – Coffee Open Call

Step 5:

Please include the following info in the body of your email:

  • Your full name
  • Your date of birth
  • Your Tate Collective membership number. (You must be a member of Tate Collective to take part in this open call)
  • Your contact email address (if different from the one you’re emailing from)
  • How you’d like your work to be credited (artist name, title of submission)
  • A short description of your artwork and how it fits to our theme. (150 words max)

Please read the Terms and Conditions section below regarding holding personal data.


Deadline for submissions is 11.59am GMT on Sunday 25 April 2021.

This opportunity is an open callout for 16–25s who are part of Tate Collective. You can join Tate Collective for free.

A panel of Tate Collective Producers, the Coffee by Tate and Design teams will choose the winning entries.

Is this a paid opportunity?

Yes! The four winners will each be paid a fee of £750.

I can’t find my Tate Collective Number

Log into your Tate Collective account here. Your Tate Collective Number will come up straight away under My Account as your Customer Number.

Can I submit more than one artwork?

We are only accepting one entry per person for this Open Call.

I’m over 25, can I still apply for this?

This opportunity is an open callout for 16–25s who are part of Tate Collective. You can join Tate Collective for free.

I will turn 26 during this open call. Can I still apply for this?

We won’t be able to accept your submission in this instance.

When will I hear back about our submissions?

We're aiming to get back to everyone about the outcome of their submission by week commencing 17th May.

Can I submit photography?

We are unable to accept photography or collage as artwork submissions.

Please be considerate with your submission. Anything defamatory or obscene won’t be accepted. Your submission must be suitable for under 18s.

Anything you submit must be your own original work. We will ask you to declare that it is your own work on your email submission. If your content contains other people’s material, e.g. images or words etc, you must have obtained the necessary permissions to use the material. Please ensure you have express permission to use any images of living people that could identify them.

A winning selection of artworks is planned to be used on Tate Coffee packaging, as well as in some other ways. This will be subject to a separate agreement (please see * below).

All submissions may be used to promote our platform or project, such as:

· On social media, e.g. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

· On our website

· In-gallery at Tate sites

· In reports and presentations covering our activities

· On printed materials e.g. leaflets promoting the open call and other projects for young people

You agree to grant to Tate, free of charge, permission to use the material in any way it needs, for Tate services in any existing or future media worldwide (including on Tate’s website accessed by international users) and in perpetuity. 

While we intend to credit you as the creator of the material, there may be some instances in which this is not possible (for example, due to formatting constraints). We therefore require as a condition of submission that you waive any moral rights in your contribution (a legal term for agreeing not to be credited). You also permit Tate to edit the material, if necessary. You also grant to Tate the right to sub-license these rights to approved partners. 

Copyright in your contribution will remain with you and this permission is not exclusive, with the exception of the winning selection of artworks (please see * below) . This means you can continue to use the material in any other way, including allowing others to use it, including licensing the material to other websites.

If you do not grant Tate the permission set out above on these terms, please do not submit or share your contribution with us. By submitting your contribution with us, you are deemed to accept these Terms and Conditions. 

*A winning selection of artworks, chosen from a shortlist, will be used on Tate Coffee packaging and in associated ways. If your work is selected for this, we will contact you again with a formal agreement. This agreement will include an exclusive, three-year licence from you to be able to use your work on the coffee packaging and in associated ways. We will pay you for this licence.

Tate will hold and process your personal data for all purposes relating to the administration and award of this open call. Tate will not use your personal data for any other purpose except as necessary for the purposes of this open call. You can contact us ( to amend or remove any information you submit to us or ask us to remove all of your personal information. Our Privacy Policy provides further information on your legal rights and how to exercise these.

Before you submit your work, please read sections 4 and 7-11 of Tate’s website terms of use. See

Tate Collective is supported by Jean and Melanie Salata with additional support from Garfield Weston Foundation, The Rothschild Foundation, and Tate Patrons.