Press Release


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.