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Photo by Lei Yang.

Tour Tate freely

by Lei Yang

Without a doubt, visiting Tate Modern and Tate Britain are good ways to understand international contemporary and British art.

Tate Modern is Britain's national museum of modern and contemporary art with pieces from around the world.

Tate Britain houses the Collection of British art from the year 1500 to the present day.

Ironically you don’t need a penny in your pocket to marvel the priceless pieces by artists such as Matisse, Picasso, Rothko and Warhol.

Tate Modern and Tate Britain both offer free entry to the public and also free guided tours to people who want to be more i enlightened about British art.

Why not make use of the free service?

The quality of the tour is ensured since the tour guides are well experienced. Frank Woodgate, one of the 80 free guides working in Tate, is a good example.

Frank got his Bachelor’s degree in Art. After retirement as a management consultant, he began to work with Tate. He has been working for the Tate modern since 2000, when the museum first opened its doors.

Before giving his first tour in Tate, he received training from Tate for four months. “Every tour guide has got some amount of training before delivering public speeches. I know some guides have been at Tate more than 30 years,” Frank said.

Besides working as a volunteer tour guide at Tate, Frank also works as a freelance art lecturer around the world. He has given talks in France, Germany, and New Zealand, among other countries.

Luckily though his talks as a tour guide are however free of charge to museum visitors.

Positive feedback

Tate has received positive feedback from visitors of the museum. The talks are easy to understand without all the artsy jargon.

“It makes a huge difference compared to visiting the Tate by myself," said one lady from Essex.

“Through the free guided tour, I got better insight into the background of the place and stories behind the works. I didn’t know more than half of it before,” she added.

Puri Soto Garcia, a Spanish visitor at the museum said, “It is good that I can improve my English with this tour. But it’s a pity that we don’t have this kind of free tour in my country. ”

Click here for schedule of the frree guided tours.




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