BP has worked with Tate Britain since the beginning of 1990, which makes us the gallery's oldest corporate partner, celebrating 27 years of continued support
BP's commitment enables Tate Britain to create a broad and dynamic programme of exhibitions and events. The highlight is the important and free BP Displays which showcase the world's greatest collection of British art. The displays are hung in a continuous chronological display creating a walk through time from the 1500s to the present day.
BP Walk through British Art
BP Walk through British Art spans 500 years of British art over a newly configured sequence of over 20 galleries alongside permanent galleries devoted to JMW Turner, William Blake and Henry Moore. Tate Britain's major Pre-Raphaelite works including John Everett Millais's Ophelia 1851-2 and Dante Gabriel Rossetti's The Beloved 1865-6 have gone back on display alongside other key works from the movement. Millais's painting, depicting the drowning Ophelia from Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, was a founding work in Tate's collection and has long been one of the nation's most loved paintings.
A regularly changing series of BP Spotlights offers more depth on particular artworks, artists or themes. Tracey Emin's installation, My Bed 1998, recently returned to Tate Britain after it first came to public attention when shown in the 1999 Turner Prize exhibition. It is displayed alongside six of the artist's recent figure drawings, as well as two oil paintings by Francis Bacon, selected by Emin. Her installation, like Bacon's paintings, retains a strong sense of the lived presence and memory traces of recent events.
BP Art Exchange
BP Art Exchange is an innovative, international learning project about collaboration and exchange. It connects schools, galleries, artists and cultural institutions across 56 countries worldwide through an exciting social platform and an offline programme of artist interventions to try and test new ideas with teachers and young people.
BP Family Festivals
BP's support also includes BP Family Festivals – free events and activities at Tate Britain exploring British art and suitable for all ages.
End of an era
In 1966, fifty years ago, BP commissioned a tapestry which was exhibited at Tate Britain. That was the first connection between Tate Britain and BP. A formal partnership was established in 1990. Twenty seven years later that partnership will reach its natural conclusion at the end of February 2017 when our contract finishes. It's been a long and enriching experience for both parties but most of all, for all the very many visitors who have engaged with BP supported activities: exhibitions, lectures, family festivals, special events and performances. Thank you to everyone who has joined us at Tate Britain over the years. It has been a wonderful time.