ARTIST ROOMS on Tour 2010 is announced: 21 exhibitions from Llandudno to Fort William

  • 2 December 2009

The Art Fund today announced that ARTIST ROOMS on Tour will continue in 2010 with an additional 16 venues in towns and cities across the UK displaying ROOMS.

The Art Fund today announced that ARTIST ROOMS on Tour will continue in 2010 with an additional 16 venues in towns and cities across the UK displaying ROOMS. From Robert Mapplethorpe at Towner in Eastbourne, Ian Hamilton Finlay at An Lanntair in Stornoway and Richard Long in Belfast, to Alex Katz in Llandudno, Diane Arbus in Nottingham and Andy Warhol in Perth – there are in total 21 exhibitions including those on display at the collection’s homes at the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. The tour, which is made possible because of funding from The Art Fund and the Scottish Government, is furthering the reach of the outstanding post-war and contemporary art collection that was part-gifted to the nation by collector and curator Anthony d’Offay in 2008.

In 2010, a circuit of four galleries will enable the work of American artist Ed Ruscha to reach audiences across the Scottish Highlands, building on existing partnerships from Lochaber to Caithness. We aim to use this innovative model of a “tour within the tour” in subsequent ARTIST ROOMS tours.

The ARTIST ROOMS tour in 2009 reached around 8 million people nationally, over 700,000 people outside of London and Edinburgh in towns and cities as far afield as Stromness in Orkney, Cardiff in Wales, Middlesbrough in Teesside and Bexhill in East Sussex. A total of 372 works went on tour.

The ARTIST ROOMS 2010 Tour has been made possible by The Art Fund and supported by the Scottish Government. Held jointly by National Galleries of Scotland and Tate, ARTIST ROOMS is the largest public gift of art to museums in UK history.

To visit the new ARTIST ROOMS on Tour microsite, please click here.

Collection grown in strength as new gifts are added

The collection has now been enhanced by artists and collectors who have made significant donations to the scheme including:

  • ED RUSCHA The Music from the Balconies 1984 – donated by the artist
  • IAN HAMILTON FINLAY – IDYLLS END IN THUNDERSTORMS 1986 and A LAST WORD RUDDER 1999 donated by the Estate of the artist.

Pledged works include:

  • AGNES MARTIN – an important late painting pledged by a private American collector
  • ROBERT THERRIEN – a major work has been pledged by the artist
  • JANNIS KOUNELLIS – a major work has been pledged by the artist

Press Release

Click here for a list of the 2010 tour venues

Click here to see what’s still on display as part of the 2009 tour