Press Release

Tate Liverpool to premiere new Martin Creed ARTIST ROOMS display

Press release announcing Martin Creed ARTIST ROOMS display at Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool,  Wolfson Room
Friday 24 February – Sunday 27 May 2012

Public information number: 0151 702 7400

A brand new ARTIST ROOMS display of the work of Martin Creed (b 1968) opens for the first time at Tate Liverpool on Friday 24 February.  Creed’s work was not previously represented in ARTIST ROOMS and he is the first new contemporary artist to join the Collection since it was established in 2008.  Creed has donated all seven works on display jointly to Tate and National Galleries of Scotland for the ARTIST ROOMS Collection.  He is the first artist to gift a complete room to the 

The group of seven works will be shown in Tate Liverpool’s Wolfson Gallery.  The works presented are in a range of different media including a neon installation, Work No. 890 (Don’t Worry) 2008, a twenty-one part drawing, Work No. 944 2008 and a recent series of four paintings from 2011.  In addition to the ARTIST ROOMS works, Tate Liverpool will also display the wall based Work No. 1340 2012. 

Creed said: ‘I am very happy and excited that my work is at Tate Liverpool.  Tate is the ultimate museum.  The fact that so many people see works at Tate makes me nervous.  I hope it will be OK.  I think that the idea of having a whole room of an artist’s work is a good one: in a situation like this, the works have to be sociable and live with each other.’

ARTIST ROOMS is an inspirational collection of modern and contemporary art established in 2008 by Anthony d’Offay who donated his collection to Tate and National Galleries of Scotland for the nation.  The ARTIST ROOMS tour, now in its fourth year, is showing at 17 museums and galleries across the UK in 2012. The tour is made possible thanks to the support of national fundraising charity the Art Fund which helps UK museums and galleries to buy, show and share art. 

Creed was born in 1968 in Wakefield and grew up in Glasgow.  He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, and has exhibited extensively worldwide.  He won the Turner Prize in 2001.  He currently lives and works in London and Alicudi, Italy.  

To find out more information about ARTIST ROOMS On Tour please visit To see the full ARTIST ROOMS collection please visit and

Editor notes

Tate Liverpool previously displayed ARTIST ROOMS: Sol LeWitt from May-Sept 2009 and ARTIST ROOMS: Robert Therrien from June-October 2011.  


ARTIST ROOMS exhibitions and displays are from the collection assembled by Anthony d’Offay. ARTIST ROOMS is owned jointly by Tate and 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. ARTIST ROOMS On Tour with the Art Fund has been devised to enable this collection to reach and inspire new audiences across the country, particularly young people. 

The Art Fund

The Art Fund is the national fundraising charity, helping UK museums and galleries to buy, show and share art. It offers many ways of enjoying art through the National Art Pass which gives free entry to over 200 museums, galleries and historic houses across the country as well as 50% off major exhibitions. Over the past 5 years, the Art Fund has given £24 million to 248 museums and galleries to buy art. It also sponsors the UK tour of the ARTIST ROOMS collection – reaching several million people each year, and fundraises to help museums buys works of art. It is funded entirely by its 80,000 supporters who believe great art should be for everyone to enjoy. Find out more about the Art Fund and how to buy a National Art Pass at Media contact 020 7225 4888,