New phase of Artist Rooms will launch in autumn 2016

  • 14 January 2016

The Art Fund-supported initiative will tour over 30 venues across the UK.

The Artist Rooms collection of Mapplethorpe photographs is currently on display at Bowes Museum Courtesy of Tate

The Artist Rooms collection of Mapplethorpe photographs is currently on display at Bowes Museum

Artist Rooms is a public collection of international contemporary art that the Art Fund is helping to share across the UK. It was set up through the generosity of Anthony d’Offay, and is owned and managed by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland.

The new phase of Artist Rooms will tour more than 30 UK venues, presenting exhibitions and displays from the collection over a three-year period, starting with Roy Lichtenstein at Wolverhampton Art Gallery in autumn 2016.

Originally comprised of work by 32 international artists, the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate have today announced that Phyllida Barlow will be the 40th artist to join the collection. She has gifted her first Artist Rooms work, upturnedhouse, 2.

Phyllida Barlow said: ‘It is, without doubt, a huge honour and very exciting to be part of Artist Rooms. The fact that works from Artist Rooms can be installed in impressive galleries and museums around the UK is thrilling.’

Since its inception in 2009, Artist Rooms have been shown in 76 museums and galleries nationwide through 143 displays and exhibitions. These have been seen by well over 39 million people to date at venues across the UK.


“There has been an amazing response to the initiative from audiences and especially younger people, who have enjoyed free access to displays of world-class modern and contemporary art.”

  • John Leighton
  • Director-general of the National Galleries of Scotland

Tate director, Nicholas Serota, said: ‘Artist Rooms has given millions of people across the UK the chance to see outstanding works of art from a unique and internationally recognised collection. It is a model like no other, with each venue bringing its own distinct character to the presentation of an artist’s work.’

John Leighton, director-general of the National Galleries of Scotland said: ‘Artist Rooms is now firmly established as a new kind of national collection reaching many millions of people across the UK. There has been an amazing response to the initiative from audiences and especially younger people, who have enjoyed free access to displays of world-class modern and contemporary art with specially tailored learning programmes. We look forward to building on this success and extending the reach of Artist Rooms still further over the next three years.’

Artist Rooms is owned jointly by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland and was established through The d’Offay Donation in 2008, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund and the Scottish and British Governments.

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