Tate to close all galleries from tonight March 17th

 : The Seen and the Unseen project at its Blavatnik building will explore themes of production and collective labour. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters FAD magazine

In an email to all its members Tate has announced the closure of all its galleries from tonight.

For over 120 years we’ve been welcoming people to our galleries, to enjoy great art from around the world. However, the welfare of our members, visitors and staff must always come first.

That’s why we are closing Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives from this evening, 17 March until 1 May. We will be reviewing this and keep you updated.

We believe that access to art is a universal human right. Now more than ever, art can lift our spirits, brighten our days and improve our mental health. So whilst our galleries are shut, we’ll be sharing some ideas for how you can still enjoy the best of Tate wherever you are.

Thank you for your support and for being part of Tate. We hope you will bear with us during this period of disruption. If you have tickets to upcoming events, we’ll be in touch soon. And of course we will extend your Membership for the duration of the closure.

We don’t know yet when our galleries will reopen, but we look forward to welcoming you back when they do.

Until then, stay safe and take care. We’ll be in touch soon.

Best wishes,

Maria Balshaw

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