"Our vision for Tate is to create a permeable institution, removing barriers to Tate's buildings, programmes and professional networks – and offering employment opportunities that are open to all. The access needs of everyone are included in Tate's thinking, not as an afterthought or even an obligation, but as an intrinsic part of our plans and ambitions for Tate."
– Nicholas Serota, Director, Disability Equality Scheme, 2006
The policy of access for all extends to all four of Tate's facilities: Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives, as well as the substantial online programme and archive. The provisions at each major location do vary, and some provisions are therefore site specific, or limited in certain cases.
Access and Facilities
All Tate galleries have wheelchair and level entrances, lifts, adapted toilets and seating.
See visiting information on access at:
Visiting Information in BSL
See visiting information in BSL for:
Programme for Disabled Visitors
Tate provides a programme of events and tours for the following groups:
- Blind and Visually Impaired Visitors
- Deaf and Hearing Impaired Visitors
- Visitors with Learning Disabilities
See details of these programmes at:
iMap is an online art resource designed for visually impaired people with a general interest in art, art teachers and their visually impaired pupils. It incorporates text, audio, image enhancement and deconstruction, animation and raised images.
iMap won the 2006 Jodi award for excellence in museum, library and archive web accessibility.
The Gallery is Talking
This is a set of resources aimed at people with dyslexia and any other person who may not usually engage with traditional text-based gallery interpretation. TheGalleryIsTalking.org features a 3D map of Tate Britain to download and print, as well as other downloadable paper resources and a variety of prompts to discuss art and its interpretation.
The Gallery is Talking has been developed by a group of students from BA (Hons) Fine Arts at Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London in collaboration with the Tate Britain Interpretation Department.
Raised Awareness was an exhibition at Tate Modern of artists' drawings with hands-on interpretation for blind and partially sighted visitors. The exhibition's website features downloadable raised images and audio.
Large Print Guide
Tate's bi-monthly what's on guide provides information about visiting all four Tate galleries and lists the events organised. The large-print guide is divided into two sections for download in Word format:
Tate's online calendar provides the ability to search for events based on the following access provisions:
Web and iCalendar Feeds
Tate publishes web feeds (RSS) and iCalendar feeds which list upcoming events by accessibility provisions:
- Events with a hearing loop http://www.tate.org.uk/calendar/ical.jsp?acc=HLP&days=90
- Events with BSL interpretation http://www.tate.org.uk/calendar/ical.jsp?acc=BSL&days=90
- Events with visual description http://www.tate.org.uk/calendar/ical.jsp?acc=VIS&days=90
Disability Equality Scheme
In December 2006, Tate published a Disability Equality Scheme which sets out the framework for Tate's action plan on disability.
The document is available to download: