Seventh Year for Artist Rooms On Tour, The National Galleries of Scotland and Tate Galleries

The National Galleries of Scotland and Tate announce their schedule for the seventh year of Artist Rooms On Tour. Next year, the Artist Rooms travelling project will see Robert Mapplethorpe in Clydebank, Aberystwyth and County Durham, Don McCullin in Shetland, Diane Arbus in Kirkcaldy and Francesca Woodman in Powys. An outstanding year for photography, 2015 will see pioneers of this seductive medium reach new audiences.

The schedule for 2015 will see exhibitions opening at 17 venues across the UK, with a further seven exhibitions already on show continuing into the new year. Highlights for the seventh edition includes new collaborations with 12 venues, as well as a Damien Hirst exhibition at The Pier Arts Centre in Orkney – the most northerly part of Britain to host a display of this artist’s work. The list of exhibitions and displays continues with the programme reaching towns and cities outside London and Edinburgh, including Aberystwyth, Blackburn, Carlisle, Cheltenham, Clydebank, County Durham, Helmsdale, Kirkcaldy, Norwich, Orkney, Penzance, Peterborough, Plymouth, Sleaford, Southampton and St Ives.

By the end of 2015, the project will have been shown in 78 museums and galleries nationwide, and 149 displays will have opened since 2009. Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Art Fund, and in Scotland, the National Lottery through Creative Scotland, Artist Rooms is a growing project with 39 artists now part of the collection. This year an important group of works by Dan Flavin was added, joining recent acquisitions of the work of Alex Katz and Douglas Gordon.

The 2015 Artist Rooms programme begins with Louise Bourgeois, 16 January – 18 April 2015, Southampton City Art Gallery.

Artist Rooms, runs throughout 2015.

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1. Robert Mapplethorpe Diane Benson 1980. Courtesy of Artist Rooms.