ARTIST ROOMS is a touring collection of over 1,600 works of modern and contemporary art. The collection is displayed in museums and galleries across the UK through a programme of solo exhibitions that showcase the work of 40 major international artists.

Since 2009, 40 million people have visited more than 150 displays at over 75 museums and galleries. This touring programme gives young people the chance to get involved in creative projects, discover more about art and learn new skills.

Exhibitions are taking place throughout 2018 and 2019 in venues large and small, the length and breadth of the UK: from the Scottish city of Dundee to Southampton on the south coast of England.

Seven venues are participating in the programme for the first time in 2018 and this year’s displays include works by American photographer Diane Arbus, influential German artists Anselm Kiefer and Gerhard Richter, as well as the opportunity to see large-scale abstract paintings by Agnes Martin. Explore the 2018 programme below. Exhibitions will also open in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Doncaster, Dundee and Southport later in the year.

ARTIST ROOMS is jointly owned by the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. The collection was established through The d’Offay Donation in 2008, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, and the Scottish and British Governments.

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Exhibitions and Displays

The Point, Doncaster Exhibition


Until 15 Dec 2018

Internationally renowned video artist Bill Viola comes to Doncaster

Free entry
Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry Exhibition

ARTIST ROOMS: Anselm Kiefer

Until 27 Jan 2019

Explore the work of German artist Anselm Kiefer in Coventry

Free entry
The McManus, Dundee Exhibition

ARTIST ROOMS: Lawrence Weiner

Until 17 Feb 2019

Dundee's first chance to see works from the ARTIST ROOMS collection of modern and contemporary art

Free entry
Tate Liverpool Exhibition


23 Nov 2018 – 17 Mar 2019

Discover the pop style of American painter Alex Katz

Free entry
The Atkinson, Southport Exhibition

ARTIST ROOMS: Robert Mapplethorpe

15 Dec 2018 – 23 Mar 2019

The Atkinson will show the work of renowned American photographer, Robert Mapplethorpe in their first partnership with ARTIST ROOMS

Free entry

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Image credit: ARTIST ROOMS, Phyllida Barlow at Turner Contemporary, Margate, 2017

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