Jannis Kounellis, Untitled 1969 at Tramway, Glasgow, 2012

ARTIST ROOMS is a collection of over 1,600 works of modern and contemporary art. Established in 2008, the collection includes major bodies of work by more than 42 international artists. The guiding principle is to show the work of each artist in dedicated solo exhibitions.

Through ARTIST ROOMS, important works of art can be seen by visitors across the United Kingdom. Since the touring programme began in 2009, nearly 50 million people have visited more than 180 exhibitions at over 85 museums and galleries, from Penzance to the Hebrides, and from Belfast to Llandudno.

ARTIST ROOMS gives young people across the UK the chance to get involved in creative projects, discover more about art and artists, and learn new skills.

The touring programme is delivered by the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate in a partnership with Ferens Art Gallery until December 2019, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, by Art Fund and by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland. 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.

An Introduction to ARTIST ROOMS

An introduction to ARTIST ROOMS, a touring collection of over 1,600 works of modern and contemporary art. The collection is displayed in museums and galleries across the UK, and is jointly owned by the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate.

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ARTIST ROOMS exhibitions

The ARTIST ROOMS programme of exhibitions with partner museums and galleries enables access to modern and contemporary art in rural areas, small towns and major cities throughout the UK.

Explore the current exhibition programme below. Exhibitions are happening throughout 2019 and into 2020 in venues large and small, the length and breadth of the country from Dundee to The Isle of Wight.

Works from the ARTIST ROOMS collection can also be seen at National Galleries of Scotland sites in Edinburgh as well as Tate sites in London, Liverpool and St Ives.  

Explore the ARTIST ROOMS collection


Displays of works from the ARTIST ROOMS collection are happening in venues across the length and breadth of the country. Use this map to see what ARTIST ROOMS exhibitions are near you and find out more about them.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Self Evidence | Woodman, Arbus and Mapplethorpe

6 April 2019 - 20 October 2019

Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum

Diane Arbus

20 September 2019 – 1 December 2019

Hatton Art Gallery, Newcastle

Roy Lichtenstein

28 September – 4 January 2020

National Museum Wales, Cardiff

August Sander

29 October 2019 – 1 March 2020

Quay Arts Centre, Isle of Wight

Vija Celmins

21 September 2019 – 16 November 2019

Current and forthcoming ARTIST ROOMS exhibitions