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Tate Britain  Tate Britain is free to visit. Our new collection displays explore 500 years of British art and its many stories and voices. Discover much-loved favourites alongside new contemporary artworks, from the Pre-Raphaelites to David HockneyBridget Riley and Lubaina Himid. Tate Britain is also home to the world’s largest collection of works by JMW Turner.

Tate Modern See some of the world’s most exciting modern and contemporary art at Tate Modern. Enjoy innovative works that shaped art as we know it. Our gallery is free to visit and on display are paintings, sculptures and large-scale installations from artists around the world including Pablo PicassoYayoi Kusama and Henri Matisse. Explore the iconic Turbine Hall alongside our underground Tanks, a striking space dedicated to live performances and video.

Tate Liverpool  Tate Liverpool is now open at RIBA North, Mann Island, while our Albert Dock home is temporarily closed for redevelopment. We have joined forces with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to create a dynamic new partnership on Liverpool’s waterfront.

Tate St Ives  Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Tate St Ives showcases work by artists including Barbara HepworthMarlow MossNaum Gabo and Patrick Heron, whose captivating works have brought international attention to St Ives and West Cornwall. Alongside displays from the Tate collection, the gallery presents modern and contemporary art from around the world through a dynamic exhibitions programme.

Whitechapel Gallery  Whitechapel Gallery is located in the heart of London’s East-End – one of the most diverse and creative quarters in the world.  Locally embedded and globally connected, the Gallery was founded in 1901 to enrich the cultural offer for the people of East London.  It’s historic building houses nine exhibition spaces, a fully equipped auditorium, a variety of study and studio spaces, as well as a specialist bookshop and acclaimed restaurant

National Gallery London  We are home to the national collection of paintings in the Western European tradition from the 13th to the 19th centuries.

National Portrait Gallery London  We tell the story of Britain through portraits, using art to bring history to life and explore living today. We look after the world’s greatest collection of portraits. Spanning six centuries, our artworks reveal the inspiring and sometimes surprising personal stories that have shaped, and continue to shape a nation - from global icons to local champions, national treasures to unsung heroes.

Royal Academy of Arts London  For over 250 years, the RA has existed to champion art and artists. Enjoy our expanded campus with free displays, new spots to eat, drink and shop, and much more. We’re run by the Royal Academicians, artists and architects elected by their peers in recognition of their exceptional work. We’re home to Britain’s longest established art school, the RA Schools. Every year since 1768 we’ve held an annual Summer Exhibition, the largest open-submission art exhibition in the world. We present our collection of art and architecture in free displays throughout our home on Piccadilly. And we put on world-class exhibitions of art from around the world, welcoming hundreds of thousands of people to our galleries each year.


Barbican London  Our visual arts programme embraces art, architecture, design, fashion, photography and film. Many of our exhibitions explore the interconnections between disciplines, periods and cultures, and aim to imagine the world in new ways. Designers, artists and architects are our collaborators in this process.

White Cube London  White Cube is one of the world’s leading contemporary art galleries, representing over 60 international artists and artist estates. 

Hayward Gallery  A world-renowned contemporary art gallery and a landmark of brutalist architecture. The Hayward Gallery's year-round exhibition programme focuses on presenting a wide range of adventurous and influential artists from across the world.

Somerset House  As the home of cultural innovators, Somerset House connects creativity and the arts with wider society. It brings worlds and minds together to intensify creativity and multiply opportunity, driving artistic and social innovation at once.

Dulwich Picture Gallery  Dulwich Picture Gallery is the world’s first purpose-built public art gallery: it was founded in 1811 when Sir Francis Bourgeois RA bequeathed his collection of old masters “for the inspection of the public”.  Today the Gallery is a vibrant cultural hub hosting some of the UK’s leading exhibitions alongside its Permanent Collection of Baroque masterpieces while staging a wide-ranging programme of public eventspractical art and community engagement.

Serpentine Galleries  Serpentine has presented pioneering contemporary art since 1970. From the Pavilion to our exhibitions, we champion new ideas in art and architecture.

Nottingham Contemporary  Nottingham Contemporary is a place for imagining and shaping the future of art, education, and ideas. Through our free-to-attend exhibitions, events, and education programmes, we have become one of the most vibrant centres of contemporary art in Europe. 

Leicester Museum and Art Gallery  A family friendly day out, the galleries include Ancient Egypt, Dinosaurs, Wild Space, Leicester Stories Gallery, the Victorian Art Gallery, Arts & Crafts Gallery, Picasso Ceramics: The Attenborough Collection and Leicester's internationally renowned German Expressionism collection. Formerly known as New Walk Museum.  The museum hosts a vast array of temporary exhibitions, featuring works from the collections and touring exhibitions from national museums.

Ikon Gallery  Ikon is an internationally acclaimed art gallery situated in central Birmingham, offering free entry to all.   Established in 1964 as an artists-led alternative space, it has evolved into one of the most internationalist artistic programmes in Europe combining established with emerging artists. 

Baltic  Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art creates and produces exhibitions, activities and opportunities that explore understanding of the world through diverse contemporary art by artists from across the world. Located on Gateshead quayside, we have 2,600 square metres of exhibition space dedicated to the art and artists of today and tomorrow.

National Galleries Scotland  We are the National Galleries for Scotland, and our three Edinburgh galleries are the National, Modern and Portrait. We house and care for Scotland’s amazing world-class art collection. Step inside and explore treasures from Botticelli and Titian to the very best modern art and contemporary portraits of pop culture icons. And, as you would expect, the world’s greatest collection of Scottish art.

Modern Art Oxford  Modern Art Oxford is one of the UK’s leading contemporary art spaces. Our programmes offer opportunities for all for inspirational exchange and creative participation, both in person and online.

Ashmolean Museum Oxford  The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, founded in 1683. Our world famous collections range from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art, telling human stories across cultures and across time.

Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge  The Fitzwilliam Museum is the lead partner of the spectacular collections of the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) and Botanic Garden.  From antiquity to the present day, the Fitzwilliam houses a world-renowned collection of over half a million beautiful works of art, masterpiece paintings and historical artefacts.

Kettle's Yard  We are the University of Cambridge’s modern and contemporary art gallery. Kettle’s Yard is a beautiful house with a remarkable collection of modern art and a gallery that hosts modern and contemporary art exhibitions.

Sainsbury Centre, Norwich  The Sainsbury Centre is one of the most prominent university art galleries in Britain, and a major national centre for the study and presentation of art.  We house the extraordinary art collection of Robert and Lisa Sainsbury, as well as the Anderson Collection of Art Nouveau and the University’s Abstract and Constructivist Collection.  Alongside these permanent collections, we host a range of temporary exhibitions, with our new galleries providing the largest climate-controlled exhibition space in Eastern England.

Fashion and Textiles Museum London  The Fashion and Textile Museum is the only museum in the UK dedicated to showcasing contemporary fashion and textile design. The Museum is committed to presenting varied, creative and engaging exhibitions, alongside an exciting selection of educational courses, talks, events and workshops. In place of a permanent collection is a diverse programme of temporary exhibitions, displaying a broad range of innovative fashion and textiles from designers and makers around the world.

Arnolfini Bristol  Arnolfini is Bristol’s International Centre for Contemporary Arts located on the harbourside in the heart of the city. Woven into the fabric of Bristol since 1961, Arnolfini is an international centre of interdisciplinary contemporary arts, presenting an ambitious and wide-ranging programme of visual art, performance, dance, film, and music.

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