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About the scheme

The Rootstein Hopkins Foundation Associate Artist Scheme enabled leading contemporary artists to work with a collection of paintings that were made before 1900.

The appointment was by invitation and was for a period of two years. The artist was given a studio in which to make new work that in some way connected to the National Gallery Collection. It was designed to demonstrate the continuing inspiration of the Old Master tradition on today's artists.

Artist in Residence

The residency, which began in 2020 as part of the new Contemporary and Modern Programme, replaces the previous Associate Artist scheme. The Artist in Residence is selected by a jury. The Contemporary Art Society’s contribution is generously supported by Anna Yang and Joseph Schull.

Pile of tubes of paint and brushes

George Shaw was the Gallery's last associate artist. Other recent associate artists include Michael Landy, Alison Watt, John Virtue and Ron Mueck.

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The Associate Artist Scheme was generously supported by the Rootstein Hopkins Foundation