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
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
29 March – 28 June 2014
Bodelwyddan Castle and Park, Denbighshire
5 April –13 July 2014
7 April 2014 – 1 March 2015
5 May 2014 – 1 March 2015
Caithness Horizons Museum, Thurso
10 May – 11 October 2014
Quay Arts, Isle of Wight
13 June – 20 September 2014
21 June – 7 September 2014
mima Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
18 July – 12 October 2014
Gracefield Art Centre, Dumfries
16 August – 15 November 2014
Dick Institute, Kilmarnock
6 September – 6 December 2014
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester
20 September 2014 – 15 January 2015
Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Bideford, North Devon
4 October 2014– 10 January 2015
Woodhorn Museum, Northumberland
25 October 2014 – 12 April 2015
Oriel Davies, Powys
15 November 2014 – 25 February 2015
Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland; Shetland Museum & Archives
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.