Tate Insight

Updated Wednesday 1st March 2006

National galleries are making use of the Internet to reveal their hidden treasures. Tate Britain only has room for about a third of its collection to go on display. The rest can be found in their underground vaults. But in a plan to make the whole collection more accessible, staff are scanning these hidden works onto computer and making their images available on the Internet.

Tate Britain Copyrighted image Icon Copyrighted image Copyright: Production team

 

Oliver Vicars-Harris is in charge of the Tate Insight project and hopes to make 50,000 images available in just 18 months. The works are being catalogued to help visitors search through the collection, and the archivists are also adding a facility to explore the collection by broad subject areas, not only by the artist's name and work title.

The aim of this project is to break down some of the barriers between the gallery and the public and allow people to ask questions at their own pace in their own home. We caught up with Oliver to find out how the project has progressed...

 

For further information, take a look at our frequently asked questions which may give you the support you need.

Have a question?

Other content you may like

History & The Arts 

Tate Insight: Interview

Oliver Vicars-Harris is interviewed about the Tate Insight programme.

Article

History & The Arts 

Online Art: Interview

An interview with e-2 co-founder and digital artist Simon Faithfull about the ins and outs of e-2 and digital art.

Article

History & The Arts 

Permanent photographic collections

A guide to some of the best places to see photographic art in the UK.  

Article

History & The Arts 

Cheating Vermeer

Did the ‘Camera Obscura’ have a role in helping Johannes Vermeer create his fantastic works of art?

Audio
10 mins

History & The Arts 

High Art On The High Street

Caryn Franklin on the interface between Art and fashion

Article

History & The Arts 

Textiles in Ghana

Textiles in Ghana carry a far greater importance than you might expect. This free course will help you to understand how textiles can carry an assortment of meanings and values, including wealth, status and office.

Free course
4 hrs

History & The Arts 

Tate Insight: Summary

An introduction to the Tate Insight project

Article

History & The Arts 

Art in Renaissance Venice

This free course, Art in Renaissance Venice, considers the art of Renaissance Venice and how such art was determined in many ways by the city's geographical location and ethnically diverse population. Studying Venice and its art offers a challenge to the conventional notion of Renaissance art as an entirely Italian phenomenon.

Free course
6 hrs

History & The Arts 

How Does Nature Inspire?

Diarmuid Gavin is well known for his magical skills at turning a back yard rubbish dump into something resembling the hanging gardens of Babylon. For him planning and designing shape, colour and form are the vital ingredients to a perfect garden. So Ever Wondered sent him out to see how two famous artists pushed the boundaries in their garden design…

Article