Jannis Kounellis Untitled, 1960 Oil on canvas: 141.00 x 230.50 cm ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008

Tate wins £1m grant for Artist Rooms on Tour

Geraldine Kendall, 16.05.2012
Successful applicants announced in first round of ACE strategic touring programme
The Tate has won a grant of just over £1m from Arts Council England (ACE) towards Artist Rooms on Tour, the programme bringing contemporary artworks to museums and galleries across the UK.

The upcoming touring programme will run from 2013-15 and comprises of a network of 36 associate venues, as well as digital resources and learning activities for young people.

Regional partners will have an opportunity to display high quality contemporary art from the Artist Rooms collection, which was donated to the nation by Anthony d'Offay in 2008 and is held jointly by the Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland.

Artist Rooms on Tour is also supported by the Art Fund, the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the British and Scottish governments.

The Tate's grant is one of nine awarded by ACE earlier this month to successful applicants in the first round of the council’s new three-year £45m strategic touring programme.

The fund distributes lottery money to arts organisations for touring work and is designed to promote collaboration between venues in order to boost access to the arts, particularly in places with low levels of engagement in culture.

ACE chief executive Alan Davey said: “We’re really excited about the potential of these projects to get more people involved in the arts and to ensure that wherever they live, they have the chance to experience and be inspired by the arts.”

Museums are invited to apply to the fund as long as their proposals are primarily arts focused. Five more funding rounds distributing £12m worth of grants will take place before February 2013 and applications can be submitted at any time during that period.