Artist Rooms 2011 tour announced

  • 5 October 2010

Today, 5th October, National Galleries of Scotland and Tate announce plans for the tour of ARTIST ROOMS 2011. We have awarded funding for the third successful year of ARTIST ROOMS with 23 ROOMS to go on show at venues across the UK in the next year.

2011 will build on the outstanding success of the ARTIST ROOMS tours in 2009 and 2010. Since the tour began, 60% of the ARTIST ROOMS Collection has been shown at institutions across the UK, with 377 works lent in 2010 alone. The tour in 2011 will include venues in Dumfries, Hull, Kendal, Kilmarnock and Leeds. We are pleased to announce that we’ll be sponsoring the UK tour for a third year running, with funding of £250,000. This includes funds set aside for regional galleries to spend on promotional, community and educational activities.

Nineteen venues will show ARTIST ROOMS exhibitions and displays in the new programme for 2011 from the collection created by Anthony d’Offay and acquired by the nation in February 2008. A further two venues will show Ed Ruscha as part of the Highland tour of this artist’s work which began in 2010. ARTIST ROOMS On Tour with the Art Fund and supported by the Scottish Government has been devised to enable this collection held by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland, to reach and inspire new audiences across the country, particularly young people.

Highlights of the 2011 tour will include a Damien Hirst ARTIST ROOMS display in his home town of Leeds and major Warhol exhibitions on show at venues in the South of England, with the opportunity to see all of the paintings by Warhol in the collection displayed together for the first time at Southampton City Art Gallery

The ARTIST ROOMS tours are estimated to have reached around 12 million people nationally, including those in London and Edinburgh. Outside the Capitals, ARTIST ROOMS will have been seen by over one million people by the end of 2010; by the end of the third year, 70 ARTIST ROOMS will have been shown across the UK, the work of 28 artists will have been shown and 39 venues, including Tate and National Galleries of Scotland will have taken part. A total of 372 works went on tour in 2009 with a further 377 lent in 2010. Works will travel in 2011 to six venues participating in the tour for the first time ensuring the collection will continue to reach new geographical areas and audiences.

Visit our ARTIST ROOMS microsite for more information about the UK Tour.

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