Record visitors for Tate with help from Hockney and Modern extension

Tate Modern received a record 6.4 million visitors in the past year, with numbers increased by the opening in June 2016 of the Blavatnik Building extension. Over a half a million people also visited the Hockney exhibition, making it the second most popular event at Tate Britain ever. The Hockney exhibition went on to the Pompidou in Paris, France (ends 23 October 2017).

The Tate’s annual report, released mid-September, reveals that a record number of visitors – 8.4 million attended their four sites, including Liverpool and St Ives, in the last 12 months. The Blavatnik Building alone received more than a million visitors in its first month of opening.

The number of international loans was up almost 30 per cent over the year too with 1,079 works going to 233 venues in 29 countries, including Singapore and Cyprus for the first time. In the UK, 513 works were lent to 113 venues.

Image: Iwan Baan

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