Tate art galleries

  1. Exhibition to open on one of 'Britain's greatest artists'

    A gallery employee poses next to paintings entitled "The Fighting Temeraire" (L) and Steamer and Lightship" (R) by British artist JMW Turner during the new exhibition "Turner"s modern world" at the Tate Britain

    A new exhibition of one of "Britain's greatest artists" will open at the Tate Britain this week.

    JMW Turner's Modern World will explore how the landscape painter captured the technological advancements that occurred during his lifetime and their relationship with the natural world.

    The exhibition at the London gallery displays 150 works by Turner, who lived from 1775 to 1851.

    It includes paintings that show Turner's interest in social reform, such as The Burning Of The Houses Of Lords And Commons. A Disaster At Sea and Wreck Of A Transport Ship also show his depictions of maritime catastrophes.

    The final section of the exhibition focuses on Turner's paintings of steam technology during the industrial revolution in paintings such as Snow Storm and Rain, Steam And Speed.

    Earlier this year, new £20 notes featuring a self-portrait by Turner entered circulation. The artist began his career at an early age and first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1790 at the age of 15.

    He produced more than 550 oil paintings, 2,000 watercolours and 30,000 sketches and drawings and became known as "the painter of light". The exhibition runs from Wednesday to March 7

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  3. More than 300 jobs to go at Tate museums

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    Tate Museums - which has a site in St Ives - is cutting a total of more than 300 jobs in its museum shops and cafes across the UK.

    The organisation said it was not going to make any profit during the pandemic due to a fall in visitors.

    There's no breakdown yet on how many jobs at Tate St Ives are affected, but strike action over the cuts is expected later this month.

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  4. Tate workers balloted on strike action

    A general view of Tate Modern art gallery located in London

    Workers at Tate galleries are to be balloted for strike action in a dispute over jobs.

    Members of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) at Tate's commercial subsidiary will vote in the coming weeks on whether to launch a campaign of industrial action.

    The union said the organisation was pressing ahead with plans to cut jobs despite receiving millions of pounds in additional grant aid from the Government as part of the Covid-19 rescue package.

    PCS officials said Tate Enterprises, which operates retail, catering and publishing services across Tate galleries in London, Liverpool and St Ives, notified staff in mid-June of restructuring plans aimed at saving £1m this financial year.

    Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the PCS, said: "Tate management have launched a massive attack on our members and they have no choice but to ballot for strike action to save their jobs.

    The Tate galleries are due to reopen on July 27 after being forced to close by the virus crisis.

  5. Exhibition to explore British links with the Caribbean

    Tate Britain

    An exhibition exploring Britain's relationship with the Caribbean, and an exhibition examining the work of sculptor Rodin will go on show at Tate galleries in London.

    Britain And The Caribbean will span Windrush to the present day and open at Tate Britain next year. It has been in the planning over recent years and will celebrate artists from the Caribbean who made Britain their home and later British artists whose work addresses Caribbean themes and heritage.

    Highlights of Tate Modern's programme for 2021 include solo exhibitions of US painter Philip Guston and Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, while a theatrical exhibition by the Turner Prize-winning artist Lubaina Himid will also go on show.

    Tate plans to reopen all four of its galleries - Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives - on 27 July.

  6. London museums 'looking forward to seeing visitors'

    Tim Stokes

    BBC News

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    Following the government's announcement that museums and galleries can reopen from 4 July, many venues have expressed their excitement about being able to welcome visitors once more.

    However, social distancing rules mean that it is still not possible for others to open their doors.

    I spoke to several of London's institutions about whether they will be expecting guests over the summer and the challenges which they will be facing.

  7. Tate director 'delighted' at listing of Hepworth studio

    Claire Gilbody-Dickerson

    BBC News

    Director of the Tate art museums and galleries Maria Balshaw says she is "delighted" Barbara Hepworth's "special" St Ives studio has been listed as a Grade II building.

    Historic England made the announcement this week, which also marks the 45th anniversary of Hepworth's death in 1975, aged 72.

    "The building is a key part of the cultural history of St Ives and our national cultural history," Ms Balshaw said.

    Hepworth studio
    Image caption: Hepworth's studio in her adopted hometown of St Ives is now a Grade II building

    The Palais de Danse was given to the Tate St Ives gallery by Hepworth's family in 2015.

    Director of Tate St Ives Anne Barlow said Hepworth was "one of the foremost British artists of the 20th Century" as she described how the studio was central to the artist's work in the 1960s.

    "The listing of the Palais de Danse not only preserves the traces of Hepworth's sculptural practice rooted in Cornwall but maintains the legacy of an artist who continues to inspire new audiences across the world today," she said.