Case Study – Tate Britain

Translations for an iconic British art institution

A world-renowned art gallery


A major player on the British arts scene, Tate Britain is part of the esteemed network of four galleries that includes Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. As the oldest member of the Tate family, Tate Britain exhibits historical and contemporary British art on its spot next to the River Thames in London, as it has done since 1897.

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Sector: Tourism and leisure, museums and galleries
Language combination: Italian into English
Services: Document translation, literary translation, academia translation, research translation

The challenge


Tate Britain’s aim is to increase public awareness of British art. They regularly host temporary and new exhibitions of work, and in August 2015 were preparing for a new exhibition of a prominent English sculptor. While researching the artist, Tate’s team came across a 30,000 word document written in Italian. They needed this complex literary document translated into English within an extremely tight deadline.

The solution


To achieve Tate’s undeniably tight turnaround time we had to pull out all the stops. Our Project Managers coordinated a team of translators to complete the project, and by working out of hours, the team were able to complete the translation within the specified time.
This was only possible thanks to our vast pool of experienced – and hard-working – native-speaking translators. Alongside our highly organised Project Managers, they were happy to go the extra mile for Tate Britain, accurately translating and checking all 30,000 words within 5 working days.

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Thanks again for accommodating our short notice request and going the extra mile to ensure that it could be done on time.

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