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The Tate Collection

This repository is no longer actively maintained

The dataset in this repository was last updated in October 2014. Tate has no plans to resume updating this repository, but we are keeping it available for the time being in case this snapshot of the Tate collection is a useful tool for researchers and developers.

Here we present the metadata for around 70,000 artworks that Tate owns or jointly owns with the National Galleries of Scotland as part of ARTIST ROOMS. Metadata for around 3,500 associated artists is also included.

The metadata here is released under the Creative Commons Public Domain CC0 licence. Please see the enclosed LICENCE file for more detail.

Images are not included and are not part of the dataset. Use of Tate images is covered on the Copyright and permissions page. You may also license images for commercial use.

Please review the full usage guidelines.


Here are some examples of Tate data usage in the wild. Please submit a pull request with your creation added to this list.

We are also inviting you to create GitHub Issues if you notice any bugs or have any ideas for improving the data. Thanks for your help!

Repository Contents

We offer two data formats:

  1. A richer dataset is provided in the JSON format, which is organised by the directory structure of the Git repository. JSON supports more hierarchical or nested information such as subjects.

  2. We also provide CSVs of flattened data, which is less comprehensive but perhaps easier to grok. The CSVs provide a good introduction to overall contents of the Tate metadata and create opportunities for artistic pivot tables.



Each artist has his or her own JSON file. They are found in the artists folder, then filed away by first letter of the artist’s surname.


Artworks are found in the artworks folder. They are filed away by accession number. This is the unique identifier given to artworks when they come into the Tate collection. In many cases, the format has significance. For example, the ar accession number prefix indicates that the artwork is part of ARTIST ROOMS collection. The n prefix indicates works that once were part of the National Gallery collection.


There is one CSV file for artists (artist_data.csv) and one (very large) for artworks (artwork_data.csv), which we may one day break up into more manageable chunks. The CSV headings should be helpful. Let us know if not. Entrepreneurial hackers could use the CSVs as an index to the JSON collections if they wanted richer data. NB CSV files are encoded as UTF-8 text, on which older versions of Excel may choke. We have inserted a UTF-8 BOM to help Excel detect the encoding, which may or may not be a terrible mistake.

Usage guidelines for open data

These usage guidelines are based on goodwill. They are not a legal contract but Tate requests that you follow these guidelines if you use Metadata from our Collection dataset.

The Metadata published by Tate is available free of restrictions under the Creative Commons Zero Public Domain Dedication.

This means that you can use it for any purpose without having to give attribution. However, Tate requests that you actively acknowledge and give attribution to Tate wherever possible. Attribution supports future efforts to release other data. It also reduces the amount of ‘orphaned data’, helping retain links to authoritative sources.

Give attribution to Tate

Make sure that others are aware of the rights status of Tate and are aware of these guidelines by keeping intact links to the Creative Commons Zero Public Domain Dedication.

If for technical or other reasons you cannot include all the links to all sources of the Metadata and rights information directly with the Metadata, you should consider including them separately, for example in a separate document that is distributed with the Metadata or dataset.

If for technical or other reasons you cannot include all the links to all sources of the Metadata and rights information, you may consider linking only to the Metadata source on Tate’s website, where all available sources and rights information can be found, including in machine readable formats.

Metadata is dynamic

When working with Metadata obtained from Tate, please be aware that this Metadata is not static. It sometimes changes daily. Tate continuously updates its Metadata in order to correct mistakes and include new and additional information. Museum collections are under constant study and research, and new information is frequently added to objects in the collection.

Mention your modifications of the Metadata and contribute your modified Metadata back

Whenever you transform, translate or otherwise modify the Metadata, make it clear that the resulting Metadata has been modified by you. If you enrich or otherwise modify Metadata, consider publishing the derived Metadata without reuse restrictions, preferably via the Creative Commons Zero Public Domain Dedication.

Be responsible

Ensure that you do not use the Metadata in a way that suggests any official status or that Tate endorses you or your use of the Metadata, unless you have prior permission to do so.

Ensure that you do not mislead others or misrepresent the Metadata or its sources

Ensure that your use of the Metadata does not breach any national legislation based thereon, notably concerning (but not limited to) data protection, defamation or copyright. Please note that you use the Metadata at your own risk. Tate offers the Metadata as-is and makes no representations or warranties of any kind concerning any Metadata published by Tate.

The writers of these guidelines are deeply indebted to the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; and Europeana.