ARTIST ROOMS

An Introduction to ARTIST ROOMS


An introduction to ARTIST ROOMS, an extraordinary collection of modern and contemporary art jointly owned and managed by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland, established through the generosity of Anthony d'Offay. Since 2009 ARTIST ROOMS On Tour has made works available to galleries and museums across the United Kingdom and inspired millions of visitors.

ARTIST ROOMS is a collection of over 1,600 works of contemporary art. It was founded in 2008, when Anthony d’Offay donated 50 ‘ROOMS’ of art to Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland in one of the largest and most important gifts of art ever made to a museum in Britain. ARTIST ROOMS includes major bodies of work by 40 international artists. The guiding principle is to show the work of each artist in dedicated solo exhibitions.

Through ARTIST ROOMS, important works of art can be seen by audiences – especially young people – across the United Kingdom. This idea developed from Anthony’s own discovery of art, first as a child in Leicester and later as a student in Edinburgh – experiences that shaped his life. After forty years of working with artists, Anthony explains: ‘I created ARTIST ROOMS so that – like me – every child in the UK would have the opportunity to see great art by the time they leave school’.

Jannis Kounellis, Untitled 1969 at Tramway, Glasgow, 2012

ARTIST ROOMS includes major bodies of work by 40 international artists. The guiding principle is to show the work of each artist in dedicated solo exhibitions.