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(left to right):Ed Vaizey MP, Minister of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills,S ir Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate, Phyllida Barlow, artist, Anthony D’Offay and John Leighton, Director, National Galleries of Scotland



ARTIST ROOMS celebrates Phyllida Barlow CBE as its 40th artist and  


Tate Modern to devote new gallery to Artist Rooms with work by Louise Bourgeois


ARTIST ROOMS to visit 30 venues in the next year



The National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) and Tate announced on 14 January  that Phyllida Barlow CBE will be the fortieth artist to join the ARTIST ROOMS collection.


Phyllida Barlow’s first work for  ARTIST ROOMS, gifted by the artist, is untitled: upturnedhouse, 2, 2012 which goes on display at Tate Modern from today, (January 14, 2016).


Sir Nicholas Serota, Director of the Tate, said: “ARTIST ROOMS has given millions of people across the UK the chance to see outstanding works of art from a unique and internationally recognised collection. It is a model like no other, with each venue bringing its own distinct character to the presentation of the artist’s work.  Since 2008, the collection has grown significantly through the enthusiasm of artists and we are delighted that Phyllida Barlow now joins this group with her generous gift of “untitled:upturned house, 2”.


ARTIST ROOMS, begun in 2008, through the generosity of Anthony d’Offay, has expanded from thirty-two international artists to 40 and comprises of 1,600 works and since 2009, ARTISTS ROOMS ON TOUR, has been exhibited at over 76 museums and 143 displays, seen by 39 million people from Cornwall, Ireland to the Outer Hebrides. The important and major UK collection of post-war and contemporary art, given to the National Galleries of Scotland and the Tate by Anthony d’Offay,  is work of individual artists, based on the belief that art should be accessible to anyone anywhere in the country, and includes Louise Bourgeois, Martin Creed, Dan Flavin, Douglas Gordon, Don McCullin, August Sander and Roy Lichtenstein.


John Leighton, the director-general of the National Galleries of Scotland, Nicholas Serota, the director of Tate, Culture secretary Ed Vaizey and Frances Morris, the director of collection for international art at Tate all paid tribute to Anthony d’Offay’s generosity and vision. In reply, Anthony d’Offay considered that one of the main benefits of the ARTIST ROOMS will be inspiring new generations to enjoy and engage with contemporary art.


The first artist shown as part of the first dedicated ARTIST ROOMS gallery in the new Tate Modern will be Louise Bourgeois, opening on 17 June 2016, which will complement a new phase of ARTIST ROOMS which will tour to over 30 UK venues in the next three years.


This summer will also feature the first showing of more than 100 drawings by the German artist, Joseph Beuys, from the ARTIST ROOMS collection.


The exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Edinburgh), which runs between 30 July - 23 October 2016, will cover the artist’s career from 1945 to the end of his life, reflecting his encyclopaedic interest in nature, science, philosophy, mythology, society, politics and religion.



If you would like more information, visit the ARTIST ROOMS website here



Photograph:  Courtesy of the Tate Gallery