ARTIST ROOMS is a major collection of modern and contemporary art acquired through the generosity of Anthony d’Offay in 2008 and now owned jointly by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland (NGS). The aim of the ARTIST ROOMS Research Partnership, led by the School of History of Art at ECA, is to develop a framework for high quality and engaging research around the collection and associated activities.
The Partnership brings Tate and NGS together with experts at the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Strathclyde and Newcastle. It was announced in 2011 and will run until 2016.
The ARTIST ROOMS Research Partnership both generates and disseminates research. The programme combines art historical, educational and conservation research relating to the artists and works in ARTIST ROOMS. Through these strands, it looks at ARTIST ROOMS in independent and imaginative ways. In collaboration, academics and museum practitioners are engaging both specialist and general audiences, with a special focus on intersecting research areas relating to young people.
The Partnership’s diverse methods and outcomes range from cafés, conferences, forums, journal articles and books to the creation of new learning and research online resources, new curatorial and interpretation strategies and technological innovations. There is a programme of internships and PhD studentships and an emphasis on promoting wider research networks within the UK and abroad.
Initially led by Professor Andrew Patrizio, and now by Professor Neil Cox, the team co-hosted Future Bourgeois, a one-day symposium, performance and panel discussion on Louise Bourgeois, at Modern One (The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art) and the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh in February 2014. Autumn 2013 saw the launch of the ARTIST ROOMS Café des Artistes, a series of public discussions focussing on individual artists in the collection.