Connolly Picks #4

The Tate Britain

Words: Ollie Horne
Photos: Richard Gaston

The original Tate, and home to the prestigious Turner Prize, Tate Britain is the gravitational centre of British art. Originally the National Gallery of British Art, it was subsequently renamed after sugar magnate Henry Tate, who contributed much to the collection. Specialising in British art from 1500 to the present, the permanent exhibition is arranged chronologically, providing a narrative sweep of developments throughout the centuries. The museum has the largest collection of paintings by J. M. W. Turner in the world, and a regularly changing Spotlight series exploring thematic strands of the collection in depth, while its programme of retrospectives has included: Barbara Hepworth, Peter Doig, William Hogarth, and Rachel Whiteread. Tate Britain is a must visit.