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.
Through ARTIST ROOMS on Tour, 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.
ARTIST ROOMS is owned and managed jointly by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland, and the collection is made available through a programme of exhibitions, developed in collaboration with galleries and museums known as ‘Associates’.
Since ARTIST ROOMS on Tour began in 2009, its exhibitions and displays have attracted some 40 million visitors across the UK, and its imaginative learning programmes have inspired over 600,000 young visitors. By summer 2016, 145 exhibitions will have been presented at 76 venues, from Penzance to the Hebrides, from Kilmarnock to Hull, from Belfast to Llandudno.
A new phase of the programme will commence in October 2016 and will involve more than thirty UK Associate partners, presenting exhibitions and displays from the collection over a three year period. ARTIST ROOMS On Tour is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Art Fund and, in Scotland, the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.