Did you know that Tate Britain runs free daily guided tours? These take place every day at 11am, noon, 2pm and 3pm. The 3pm tour focuses on Turner, but the others are magical mystery tours – they are led by volunteer guides who are free to focus on artworks of their choice.
Every tour is different, and lasts about 45 minutes. If you’d like to take one, meet at the Entrance of the 1540 room.
When I visited last Sunday, I found out more about Chris Ofili’s No Woman No Cry, Mark Wallinger’s Where There’s Muck, David Hockney’s Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy, Francis Bacon’s Triptych August 1972, and Henry Moore’s Atom Piece, all shown below. As you can see, my guide had impeccable taste; he was also incredibly knowledgeable.
To find out more about the Hockney piece, read my blog (where I’ve combined the knowledge gained from my guide with my own opinion). You won’t look at the painting in the same way ever again!