Vija Celmins

Vija Celmins, Night Sky 3, 2002.
ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Art Fund 2008. Aquatint with burnishing and drypoint on Hahnemühle Copperplate paper. Image size: 15 1/8 x 19 inches. Paper size: 20 1/8 x 24 inches. Published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles. Printed by Jennifer Turner and Camen Schilaci. Photo © National Galleries of Scotland (Antonia Reeve)

To coincide with Wilderness, we are delighted to present a selection of works drawn from ARTIST ROOMS by acclaimed Latvian-American artist Vija Celmins (b. 1938). Celmins’s densely layered drawings and prints engage with the natural world; the surface of the ocean, expanses of desert, a spider’s web or star-filled night sky. Her images prompt questions around representation, perception and human experience and remind us of the complexity of the simplest things we observe in nature.


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


To celebrate the Gallery’s 18th birthday this February, we are holding a special stargazing event. Open to all but we especially welcome all those turning 18 in 2018.



Thursday 1 February, 6-8pm

Please join us for the opening of our new exhibition.

Free, All welcome


Stargazing Party

Tuesday 27 February, 6-8pm, free

View Vija Celmins’s night skies before stargazing on our roof terrace.


This exhibition draws from the ARTIST ROOMS collection of over 1,600 works of modern and contemporary art, displayed across the UK in solo exhibitions that showcase the work of more than 40 major artists. The touring programme gives young people the chance to get involved in creative projects, discover more about art and learn new skills. Since 2009, 40 million people have visited more than 150 displays at over 75 museums and galleries. ARTIST ROOMS was founded through The d’Offay Donation in 2008, when Anthony d’Offay gifted the collection to the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, and the Scottish and British Governments.