Project information

The Tate Fund

Tate is a champion for art and its place in society and we work to promote the arts through all we do, while opening the experience and enjoyment of art to as wide an audience as possible. The Tate Fund supports Tate's mission to promote the understanding and enjoyment of art for all.

April 2013 - March 2014

Charity information

Tate Foundation

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  • Need


    Uniquely among national museums and galleries of similar scale in Britain, Tate raises the majority of its own running costs allowing over 7 million visitors a year to enjoy and experience a wide range of art across our four galleries. Our ambition is to continue to grow and care for the national collection and to share both familiar and new experiences of art with even more people within and beyond our galleries.


    This is an opportunity for you to make a real difference to Tate. Donations to the Tate Fund provide vital support across our galleries, enabling Tate to carry out its central mission to promote the public understanding and enjoyment of art.

    Every gift, no matter the size, makes a real difference, helping us to continue to inspire millions of people each year.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To build and care for the national collection through expert conservation


    » Donations to the Tate Fund support Tate's Conservation team to care for and protect the national collection now and for future generations.
    » In 2012, the Tate Fund supported the conservation of Rex Whistler's mural 'The Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats' (1926-7) at Tate Britain.

    Sucess will be displaying artworks in the best possible condition and conserving work for the enjoyment of future generations.

    Aim 2

    Provide unique learning opportunities for people of all ages through access to art.


    » Tate continues to actively campaign for the recognition and inclusion of the arts as an integral part of a well-rounded education.
    » In 2012, donations to the Tate Fund allowed 8,000 children of all ages to participate in and enjoy free schools workshops at one of Tate’s galleries.

    Success will be helping more people of all ages to engage with art and develop key learning skills through activities both in Gallery and online.

    Aim 3

    To share art with new audiences through community events.


    » Donations to the Tate Fund supported free 'Late at Tate' events at Tate Britain with regular and new visitors exploring the gallery out-of-hours.
    » Donations to the Tate Fund supported Touch Tours at Tate Modern for visually impaired visitors.

    Success will be sharing experiences of art with even more people.

    Aim 4

    To provide support where it is needed most across the gallery.


    » Donations to the Tate Fund allow Tate to respond confidently to unexpected opportunities or challenges.
    » In 2012, donations allowed our Conservation team to immediately begin repairing the unfortunate damage caused to Mark Rothko's 'Black on Maroon'.

    Success will be our ability to confidently support new areas of work across our galleries.

  • Impact


    Donations to the Tate Fund will help Tate to fulfil its ongoing mission to increase public knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of British, modern and contemporary art, through the Collection and an inspiring programme of activities within and beyond our galleries.


    Tate receives approximately 40% of its annual funding from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. If the gallery is unable to raise the remaining 60% of its running costs, there is a risk that we will not be able to deliver our ambitious programme of displays and activities in and beyond our galleries.


    All donors to the Tate Fund will receive updates about what you support has helped achieve, including a copy of the annual Tate Fund report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Tate conservation Materials and equipment to carry out specialist conservation on works in the national collection.
      £10,000 Tate Learning Providing free educational opportunities for people of all ages within our galleries.
      £10,000 Sharing access to art Sharing experiences of art with both regular and new visitors.
      £10,000 Where the need is greatest Providing vital support for a wide range of activities across our galleries.
  • Background


    The Tate Fund supports activity at Tate Britain and Tate Modern in London, Tate Liverpool, Tate St Ives, as well as online at Your donation will provide vital support across the galleries and to the millions of visitors who access the Tate Collection online every year.


    Young and old, local and international, artists, art aficionados and first-time gallery goers; every one of the more than 7 million people who visit a Tate gallery each year will benefit from your support of the Tate Fund. Your generosity will help to ensure that everyone will find something to inspire and surprise them every time they visit our galleries.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Tate believes that art enriches the lives of those who engage with it, creating meaningful experiences that should be available to all. Tate has been inspiring its visitors for over a century with pioneering displays of world-class art in iconic spaces. We need people like you to support us so that we can ensure the national collection is enjoyed by visitors for generations to come.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Mark Hannam, Tate Fund Donor

    "I've been visiting Tate since my teens, to see its painting collection. The Big Give provides Tate with twice the benefit."

    Flora, A Young Person Visiting Tate Britain For The First Time

    "It was a great experience... it really inspired me to do some creative work similar to this at home."

    Visitor To Late At Tate

    "I enjoyed the opportunity of being in the museum in a totally different ambience than usual. There were so many events, stimulating and impressive."

    Teacher Attending A Free Schools Workshop

    "An outstanding educational experience. The learning was clearly articulated, exercised well placed, student centred, clear, creative and fun."



Two children can attend a free schools workshop

"I've been visiting Tate since my teens, to see its painting collection. The Big Give provides Tate with twice the benefit.”

Dr Mark Hannam, Tate Fund donor