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Fifth year of ARTIST ROOMS On Tour announced

16 venues will display ARTIST ROOMS in 2013 – 10 new venues taking part

The National Galleries of Scotland and Tate are delighted to announce plans for the fifth ARTIST ROOMS Tour in 2013. New exhibitions and displays will go on show at 16 venues across the UK. The Tour will include 10 venues new to the project, among them two located in the Scottish Borders and one in Morayshire. By the end of 2013, ARTIST ROOMS will have been shown in 54 museums and galleries nationwide and 107 displays and exhibitions will have opened since 2009. ARTIST ROOMS have so far been seen by 21 million people. The tour is made possible thanks to the new support of Arts Council England, the continued support of the Art Fund and, in Scotland, new support from Creative Scotland.

In 2013, ARTIST ROOMS exhibitions and displays will be seen outside London and Edinburgh in Belfast, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Brighton, Falkirk, Findhorn, Galashiels, Hull, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Stoke-on-Trent, Wednesbury, Wolverhampton, Worcester and York.

Over the past year a number of institutions have seen record numbers at ARTIST ROOMS displays. Hepworth Wakefield attracted nearly 128,000 to the Richard Long display, the inaugural Robert Therrien display at the opening of The MAC in Belfast drew 38,000 visitors in less than three months and, at Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, 60,000 people have come to see the Andy Warhol display to date.

Highlights of the 2013 tour will include:

  • The first exhibition of the work of Andy Warhol in Northern Ireland at The MAC in Belfast
  • Bruce Nauman at York St Mary’s, York’s contemporary art space
  • Two exhibitions in the Scottish Borders: Robert Therrien in Berwick-upon-Tweed and Robert  Mapplethorpe in Galashiels
  • Martin Creed at Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, the first time this group of works will be shown outside Tate or the National Galleries of Scotland 

The 2013 ARTIST ROOMS tour will be as follows:


The MAC, Belfast
8 February - 28 April 2013 - Andy Warhol

Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
22 February - 22 May 2013 - Ed Ruscha

Old Gala House, Galashiels
11 May - 11 August 2013 - Robert Mapplethorpe

The Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton
11 May - 8 September 2013 - Jeff Koons


Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
8 June - 6 October 2013 - Martin Creed

Tate Britain, London
6 May - 6 October 2013 - Douglas Gordon

Paxton House, Berwick-upon-Tweed
2 June - 31 October 2013 - Robert Therrien

Wolverhampton Art Gallery
20 July - 2 November 2013 - Ron Mueck

Wednesbury Museum & Art Gallery
25 July - 1 December 2013 - Bill Viola

York St Mary’s, York
26 July - 10 November 2013 - Bruce Nauman

The Park Gallery, Falkirk
24 August - 16 November 2013 - Ian Hamilton Finlay


Moray Art Centre, Findhorn
14 September 2013 - 11 January 2014 - Diane Arbus

Tate Britain, London
20 October 2013 - 31 March 2014 - Martin Creed

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
5 October 2013 - 31 May 2014 - Louise Bourgeois

Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum
26 October 2013 - 1 February 2014 - Joseph Beuys

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on- Trent
30 November 2013 - 2 March 2014 - Richard Long

ARTIST ROOMS displays will be shown throughout the year at Tate Modern: Bruce Nauman until 6 October 2013; Laurence Weiner until September 2013; and Joseph Beuys until December 2013. 

ARTIST ROOMS is owned jointly by Tate and the National Galleries ofScotlandand 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.

Notes to Editor


ARTIST ROOMS exhibitions and displays are from the collection assembled by Anthony d’Offay. ARTIST ROOMS is owned jointly by Tate and National Galleries ofScotlandand 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. ARTIST ROOMS On Tour has been devised to enable this collection to reach and inspire new audiences across the country, particularly young people.

Arts Council England

The Arts Council champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2011 and 2015, we will invest £1.4 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

The Art Fund

The Art Fund is the national fundraising charity for art, helping museums and galleries across the UK to acquire great works of art and develop their collections, and encouraging the public to make the most of all there is to see. Over the past five years we have given £24 million to enable over 200 museums, from ancient sculpture and treasure hoards to Old Master paintings and contemporary commissions, and supported a range of programmes which bring art to wider audiences. We awarded £1 million towards the original acquisition of the ARTIST ROOMS collection and have been instrumental in ARTIST ROOMS on Tour since its inception in 2009. We are independently funded and the majority of our income comes from 95,000 members who, through the NationalArtPass, enjoy free entry to over 200 museums, galleries and historic houses across the country as well as 50% off most major exhibitions.

Find out more about the Art Fund and the National Art Pass at

The press office can be reached on 020 7225 4888 or  

Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland is the national development agency for the arts, screen and creative industries.  Our vision is that Scotland will be recognised as one of the world’s most creative nations – one that attracts, develops and retains talent, where the arts and the creative industries are supported and celebrated and their economic contribution fully captured; a nation where the arts and creativity play a central part in the lives, education and well-being of our population.


For further information contact Tate press office:

Ruth Findlay, Corporate Communications Manager, Tate
Tel: 020 7887 4940

Patricia Convery, Head of Press and Marketing, National Galleries of Scotland
Tel: 0131 624 6325

Lizzie Clark or Caroline Hunt, Press Relations Managers at the Art Fund
Tel: 020 72254804
Email: or

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