For this blog post I will be looking at the Website for the Tate Gallery. The Tate organisation and its many galleries are all compiled in this one website. This is a bonus for people planning their visit, or researching galleries as it means that you don’t of to scroll through a million tabs trying to find the right gallery/exhibitions.
The website is incredibly simple to use and its design is simple and clear, making it accessible for all ages and abilities (that being both technological ability as well as artistic ability!). In fact, the Tate website accessibility makes it a great educational tool for artists, students and the general public. It provides thorough explanations of artworks and their context, without it becoming too daunting or elitist.
On the Tate website, you can also find a whole glossary of ‘Art Terms’ (from explaining painting techniques, to giving a detailed account on most art movements), as well as a whole range of different podcasts that delve into different artists, art works, and common themes in art practice. This is a great tool for art enthusiasts, but also for art students (I’d say even from GCSE level right up to University Students).
The website makes it incredibly easy to plan a visit to one of the Tate Galleries, giving full details of what’s on and when. It also has thorough information on how they are making the galleries safe during the pandemic.
In conclusion, the Tate Gallery website is an excellent educational resource. It accessibility and simple explanations of various different topics makes it a great source of information.
One criticism I do have of it, is it doesn’t necessarily have all the information that you may want to know about a topic/artist, however this is probably good as it means you are not scrolling through daunting looking paragraphs of text. What I have found the website incredibly useful for during my 3 years at University is as a starting point for my research. It has enough information to give you a basic understanding of something, which then you can then go on to research more in your own time.