The Art Fund presents Artist in Conversation talk at mima with acclaimed artist Michael Craig-Martin

  • 5 October 2009

Michael Craig-Martin, acclaimed artist and former tutor of several Young British Artists including Damien Hirst, will be coming to Middlesbrough on 28 October for a special Art Fund 'Artist in Conversation' at mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art.

Organised by independent charity The Art Fund, this free, public event coincides with the exhibition GERHARD RICHTER, MODERN TIMES, part of the ongoing UK-wide ARTIST ROOMS On Tour with The Art Fund.

In conversation with art critic and broadcaster Matthew Collings, Michael Craig-Martin will present a unique insight into his own work and talk about the influence of renowned German painter Gerhard Richter on generations of artists.

Born in Dublin in 1941, Craig-Martin grew up in the USA where he attended Yale School of Art before moving to Britain in 1966. His works are owned by various major museums including Tate and the National Portrait Gallery. Between 1973 and 1988 he taught at Goldsmiths School of Art in London, where his pupils included Damien Hirst and Julian Opie. He is a trustee of The Art Fund.

Matthew Collings has a fine art background, but is best known for his work as public commentator. His Channel 4 TV series This is Modern Art won him a BAFTA in 1998. Presenter of Channel 4’s coverage of the prestigious Turner Prize, Collings has also written several books including Blimey! - From Bohemia to Britpop: London Art World from Francis Bacon to Damien Hirst (1997).

Gerhard Richter was born in Dresden in 1932 and took up painting during the 1960s. In 1972 he was chosen to represent Germany at the Venice Biennale. Since then he has exhibited internationally and won numerous accolades. In Spring 2009, London’s National Portrait Gallery hosted an exhibition dedicated to his portraits, whilst the Scottish National Galleries in Edinburgh held a major retrospective of his work in winter 2008-9.

Modern Times brings a select group of works from this new national collection and several US and European institutions together for the first time, including a set of more than thirty rare drawings by the artist.

ARTIST ROOMS is an outstanding collection of post-war and contemporary art created by the dealer and collector Anthony d’Offay acquired for the nation in 2008 with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, The Art Fund and the Scottish and British Governments.

The collection is entitled ARTIST ROOMS because it is made up of individual rooms dedicated to particular artists. ARTIST ROOMS On Tour with The Art Fund allows the d’Offay art collection to be shared and shown in museums and galleries throughout the UK.

Gerhard Richter, Modern Times is on show at mima until 15 November 2009 as part of ARTIST ROOMS on Tour. For more information on ARTIST ROOMS visit

This one-off Artist in Conversation event will be preceded by a drinks reception and guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a private view of the exhibition Gerhard Richter, Modern Times. Admission to the event is free; booking essential.

Limited press tickets available. For more information contact Marina Bradbury at The Art Fund press office on 020 7225 4888 or email

Event details:

An Art Fund ‘Artist in Conversation’

Michael Craig-Martin and Matthew Collings

Wednesday 28 October, 6.30 – 8.30pm

Drinks 6.30pm, Talk 7.00pm

mima, Centre Square, Middlesbrough, TS1 2AZ

To book please visit or call 0207 225 4861.


Notes to Editors

mima Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

mima is one of the UK's leading galleries for modern and contemporary art and craft. The landmark building designed by Erick van Egeraat Architects is situated in the heart of Middlesbrough. mima opened to international critical acclaim in January 2007.

Hosting temporary exhibitions of fine art and craft from 1900 to the present, mima showcases work by internationally acclaimed artists. The quarterly programme includes painting, drawing, ceramics, jewellery, sound, film, mixed media, photography and sculpture. Exhibitions change every quarter and admission is free.

mima is part of Middlesbrough Council and is funded by Middlesbrough Council and Arts Council England. The building was realised with support from: One NorthEast – SRB and Single Programme, Government Office North East, Northern Rock Foundation and The Foyle Foundation.

The Art Fund

The Art Fund is the UK’s leading independent art charity. It offers grants to help UK museums and galleries enrich their collections; campaigns on behalf of museums and their visitors; and promotes the enjoyment of art. It is funded from public donations and has 80,000 members. Since 1903 the charity has helped secure 860,000 works of art for museums and galleries across the UK. In addition to helping secure Anthony d’Offay’s collection, ARTIST ROOMS, for Tate and National Galleries of Scotland (NGS), last year it also helped save Rubens’ sketch for the ceiling at Banqueting House, Whitehall, for Tate and pledged £1m to help NGS acquire Titian’s Diana and Actaeon with The National Gallery. For more information contact the Press Office on 020 7225 4888 or visit . The Art Fund is a Registered Charity No. 209174


The collection of 725 works, representing one of the most important holdings of post-war and contemporary international art in private hands, was assembled by Anthony d’Offay, whose London galleries played a key role in the promotion and understanding of twentieth-century art in the UK over a period of more than 30 years.

The acquisition for the national collection was made under a part gift/part sale at cost agreement. The cost of the collection to Anthony d’Offay was some £26.5 million, and he asked for and received £26.5 million, i.e. the original costs of these works. The collection was valued in 2008 at £125 million. The costs of the acquisition, which included the purchase of the artworks and set up and accessioning was £28 million. These costs were met by £10 million each from both the Scottish and British Governments, £7 million from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, and £1 million from The Art Fund. All taxes were paid in full.

ARTIST ROOMS have opened so far at: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (Vija Celmins, Damien Hirst, Ellen Gallagher, Alex Katz, Andy Warhol, Francesca Woodman,); Wolverhampton Art Gallery (Warhol);Tramway, Glasgow (Bruce Nauman); Inverness Museum and Art Gallery (Robert Mapplethorpe); National Museum Cardiff (Diane Arbus);Tate Liverpool (Sol LeWitt), New Art Gallery, Walsall (Warhol); Tate Britain (Ian Hamilton Finlay, Gilbert & George), Tate St Ives (Lawrence Weiner); Tate Modern (Anselm Kiefer, Jeff Koons, Jannis Kounellis, Ed Ruscha, Robert Therrien, Andy Warhol), the Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney (Bill Viola) and the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill (Joseph Beuys); Aberdeen Art Gallery ( Ron Mueck); firstsite, Colchester (Johan Grimonprez).

Those yet to open are: Ulster Museum, National Museums Northern Ireland, Belfast (Richard Long - autumn); The Lightbox, Woking (Jenny Holzer - 19 November); and at Graves Gallery, Museums Sheffield (Robert Mapplethorpe -19 December).