Artist Rooms

The story

Artist Rooms is an important public collection of international contemporary art, shared across the UK though a unique collaboration between the Art Fund, Tate and National Galleries of Scotland.

Assembled by Anthony d'Offay over a 30 year period, the Artists Rooms collection comprises over 1.600 works by 40 artists, including Diane Arbus, Joseph Beuys and Damien Hirst. Art Fund supports a tour of these works around the UK as well as providing additional funds to help museums display and interpret the works and put on education events, brining the art to life for the public.

The collection

Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland acquired the extraordinary collection of modern and contemporary art in 2008 with financial support from the Art Fund, the National Heritage Memorial Fund, and the Scottish and British Governments. Anthony d'Offat received only the original cost of the collection and it is considered to be one of the most generous and imaginative gifts of art ever made to UK galleries.

The collection is jointly owned and managed by Tate and National galleries of Scotland on behalf of the nation, and they are also responsible for managing the tour programme. The idea behind the collection is to show individual artists' work in depth, in one of more 'rooms' of their work, and to show them all across the UK so that as many people as possible can experience them.

To browse the full Artists Rooms collection, visit the Tate or National Galleries of Scotland websites. To find out more about Artists Rooms On Tour, visit

ARTIST ROOMS is jointly owned and managed by:

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