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Tate Collection Catalogue Data

Catalogue entries for the artworks held and the artists represented in the Tate Gallery collection and Tate Archive.

Artwork and Archive entries include

  • Artist(s)
  • Title
  • Date created
  • Reference number / Accession number
  • Medium description (e.g. Photograph)
  • Tate Website URL
  • Subject index terms (e.g. Self Portrait - these look to be from a hierarchical controlled vocabulary / ontology / schema)
  • Thumbnail URL
  • Credit line
  • Movements (e.g. Pop Art)

An example entry for an Andy Warhol polaroid: https://github.com/tategallery/collection/blob/master/artworks/ar/003/ar00303-97671.json

Artist entries include

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Place of death
  • Tate Website URL

Andy Warhol himself: https://github.com/tategallery/collection/blob/master/artists/w/warhol-andy-2121.json

Archive items can be anything from posters for exhibitions to items of clothing owned by an artist: the records on the Tate site are fairly dry collection index-card entries.

John Stack has published presentations about the history of and future plans for the collection.

Used in Anger

The Tate's own Mapping the collection project and outline

Shardcore's Machine Imagined Art remixes all of the artwork descriptions to create new, imaginary artworks

Shardcore has also done some work graphing the data , and made a subject explorer and AutoSerota in which Nick Serota introduces the collection.

Rob Myers is working on visualisations of art movements by graphing sets of related artists.

Technical Details

The data is released as JSON and a flattened CSV, and released on GitHub at https://github.com/tategallery/collection

The artworks are referenced by Accession Number, with each artwork in a separate JSON file. The flattened CSV can be used to index the JSON files.

The documentation there is excellent - they get bonus points for the use of the words 'grok' and 'artistic pivot tables'. Someone in there gets it.

Dataset Size

70,000 artworks and 3,500 artists.

Licensing

CC0 for data, but images are not included. Polite request for attribution in the usage guidelines. Some very limited use of Tate copyright images might be possible under the website terms and conditions (which make allowance for non commercial and educational use). However, these also explicitly ban scraping and data mining, reproduction on social media platforms or 'considerable public dissemination ... of website content via any third party platforms'.

Contact information

E-mail: webmaster@tate.org.uk

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