LONDON FOR FREE – TATE BRITAIN
Tate Britain is the national gallery of British art from 1500 until the present day. Some of the Gallery’s more modern works from the start of the twentieth century were transferred in 2000 to the new Tate Modern Gallery, which was established in the converted power Bankside Power Station.
The Tate Britain collection was first opened to the public in 1897 in a specially constructed gallery, which is situated on the banks of the River Thames at Millbank and which is about ten minutes walk from the Houses of Parliament. The Gallery was originally named the National Gallery of British Art but from the start it was commonly known as the Tate Gallery after its founder Sir Henry Tate.
Housing a substantial collection of the art of the United Kingdom from Tudor times, it is the most comprehensive collection of its kind in the world Works in the permanent Tate collection, which are usually on display in the Gallery, include works by Constable, William Blake, Millais and Whistler. In particular there is a large holdings of the works of J. M.W. Turner, who bequeathed to the nation all his own paintings, which were still in his possession at the time of his death. More recent artists include David Hockney, Peter Blake and Francis Bacon.
The Gallery also stages many specialist exhibitions, for which entrance fees are charged. It is recommended that any special exhibition is pre-booked. Currently there is an exhibition devoted to the works of David Hockney, which ends on 29th May.
Another exhibition entitled Queer British Art 1861 – 1967 will run until 1st October. It features works relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans identities. On display are paintings, drawings, personal photographs and film from artists such as John Singer Sargent, Dora Carrington, Duncan Grant and David Hockney. These works celebrate the diversity of ‘queer’ British art as never before.
For further information go to www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britain
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