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LSE academic contributes to Tate Modern's fifth anniversary  publication

Tate Modern celebrates its fifth anniversary today (Thursday 12 May). A special publication, Tate Modern: the first five years, is launched today to coincide with the anniversary by Tate in association with the Demos and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

The publication includes a collection of essays examining the artistic, educational, architectural, economic and political impact of Tate Modern as well as its cultural value. Tony Travers|, director of the Greater London Group at LSE, is one of the contributors to the publication.

Other contributors are: Tate director Nicholas Serota (introduction); critic Martin Gayford; John Holden, head of culture, Demos; Rowan Moore, director of the Architecture Foundation; the Rt Hon Chris Smith, director of the Clore Leadership Programme; and Jon Snow, TV journalist.

On Thursday 12 May at 10 am there will be a celebration in the Turbine Hall to mark the fifth anniversary of the first visitor to set foot in the gallery. A special announcement will be made by Tate Chairman, Paul Myners, and members of Tate's innovative Raw Canvas youth team will provide the art-related entertainment prepared specially for the anniversary.

Since it opened in May 2000, Tate Modern has attracted more than 20 million visitors. In only five years, it has drawn attention to a previously undeveloped area of London and has created 1,000 new jobs, generating £26 million per annum for London as a whole. It has become a new landmark for the capital, and its programme and architecture have won international acclaim.


For press enquiries, please contact:

  • Ruth Findlay/Jennifer Lea in Tate press office. Tel: 020 7887 8731/4941, fax: 020 7887 8729, email: pressoffice@tate.org.uk or
  • Erica Bolton, Bolton and Quinn. tel: 020 7221 5000, fax: 020 7221 8100.

12 May 2005