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ARTIST ROOMS launch the first gallery/university MOOC in the UK

 Sixth year of ARTIST ROOMS on Tour – 12 new venues display ARTIST ROOMS in 2014

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It is announced today that an ARTIST ROOMS Warhol MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) has been developed as part of the ARTIST ROOMS research partnership between theUniversity of Edinburgh, Tate, and the National Galleries ofScotland. This is the first art MOOC dedicated to a single artist and the first such course to be developed in a gallery/university partnership in the UK. The MOOC will introduce participants to the life and work of Andy Warhol, exploring his international standing, thematic concerns and creative innovations and examining his relationship to major artistic movements of the 20th century. The course will be delivered collaboratively by staff based in the Schoolof Designat Edinburgh College of Art and theSchoolof Educationat theUniversity of Edinburgh.

The National Galleries ofScotlandand Tate are also delighted to announce plans for the sixth ARTIST ROOMS Tour in 2014. New exhibitions and displays will go on show at 16 venues across the UK. The Tour will include theIsle of Wight, Exeterand Shetland, adding twelve new venues to ARTIST ROOMS on Tour. By the end of 2014, ARTIST ROOMS will have been shown in 66 museums and galleries nationwide and 132 displays and exhibitions will have opened since 2009. ARTIST ROOMS have been seen by 29 million people to date. The tour is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and through the continued support of the Art Fund and, inScotland, support from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

The 2014 ARTIST ROOMS exhibitions and displays will be seen outside London and Edinburgh in Bideford, Birmingham, Denbighshire, Dumfries, Exeter, the Isle of Wight, Kilmarnock, Leicester, Middlesbrough, Northumberland, North Uist, Powys, Preston, Shetland and Thurso.

The total number of artists now included in the ARTIST ROOMS collection is 38, six having been added since the project began in 2009: Louise Bourgeois, Martin Creed, Dan Flavin, Douglas Gordon, Don McCullin and August Sander.

The continued and powerful impact of ARTIST ROOMS through the associate institutions across the country has been clearly demonstrated over the past year. Venues have seen record numbers atARTIST ROOMS displays. Highlights have included the first exhibition of the work of Andy Warhol in Northern Ireland at TheMACin Belfast; Bruce Nauman at York St Mary’s, York’s contemporary art space; Robert Mapplethorpe in Galashiels attracting 50% more visitors in the first month of display; and Martin Creed at Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, where the artist gave a performance. The New Art Gallery Walsall saw 235,938 people visit the Damien Hirst exhibition, an 18% increase in visitor figures on the previous year.

The full 2014 ARTIST ROOMS tour is as follows


Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston

Bruce Nauman
15 February –  24 May 2014

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter

Gilbert & George
22 March – 22 June 2014

Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre, North Uist

Vija Celmins
29 March – 28 June 2014

Bodelwyddan Castle and Park, Denbighshire

Francesca Woodman
5 April –13 July 2014

Tate Modern

Alex Katz
7 April 2014 – 1 March 2015

Tate Modern

Robert Mapplethorpe
5 May 2014 – 1 March 2015


Caithness Horizons Museum, Thurso

Douglas Gordon
10 May – 11 October 2014

Quay Arts, Isle of Wight

Martin Creed
13 June – 20 September 2014

mac birmingham

Robert Therrien
21 June – 7 September 2014

mima Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Louise Bourgeois
18 July – 12 October 2014

Gracefield Art Centre, Dumfries

Dan Flavin
16 August – 15 November 2014


Dick Institute, Kilmarnock

Gerhard Richter
6 September – 6 December 2014

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester

Georg Baselitz
20 September 2014 – 15 January 2015

Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Bideford, North Devon

Richard Long
4 October 2014– 10 January 2015

Woodhorn Museum, Northumberland

Lawrence Weiner
25 October 2014 – 12 April 2015

Oriel Davies, Powys

Francesca Woodman
15 November 2014 – 25 February 2015

Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland; Shetland Museum & Archives

Don McCullin
29 November 2014 – 22 February 2015

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.

Editor notes


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

Arts Council England 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 2010 and 2015, we will invest £1.9 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1.1 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 to buy and show great art for everyone. Over the past 5 years we’ve given over £26m to help museums and galleries acquire works of art for their collections and placed hundreds of gifts and bequests, from ancient sculpture and treasure hoards to Old Master paintings and contemporary commissions. 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, the majority of our income coming from over 100,000 members who, through the National Art Pass, enjoy free entry to over 220 museums, galleries and historic houses across the UK, as well as 50% off entry to major exhibitions.

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