Tate members room

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When Tate first opened its doors to the public in 1897 it had just one site, displaying a small collection of British artworks.

Today, Tate operates across four major sites plus online and hosts the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art, which includes nearly 70,000 artworks.

As recent developments at both London sites have shown, Tate continues to grow and expand while maintaining core features that have been present from its inception.

Touching on current debates about cultural institutions, collections, funding and audiences, this 11-week course provides an in-depth examination of Tate as it is today, offering a rare opportunity to hear about what goes on behind the scenes in a range of departments and learn how such a large-scale arts institution operates on a daily basis.

Tate staff are present at each session to discuss their roles and to debate the challenges they face within the constantly changing landscape of today’s art museum.


Michaela Ross is an artist and lecturer who has recently completed her PhD at Chelsea College of Art and Design researching the relationship between the artist and the institution and recent developments in fine-art pedagogy. She has collaborated with museums and galleries including Tate, the Serpentine Gallery and Nottingham Contemporary and has worked on international projects as part of Critical Practice, a cluster of artists, academics and researchers based at the University of the Arts London. She in a visiting lecturer at Kings College and Goldsmiths and an associate lecturer with the Open University.

In collaboration with the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s College London