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Anthony d'Offay

Honorary Doctorate - 2010

Born in Sheffield in 1940, Anthony d'Offay's love of art began at a young age with regular trips to the museum and art gallery in New Walk in Leicester with his mother. He studied art at Edinburgh University and in 1965 opened his own gallery in the West End of London. He put on historical shows of English, French and Japanese art.

In 1980, Anthony opened a large contemporary gallery off Bond Street which gained an reputation worldwide for its defining exhibitions by renowned international artists including Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, Lucian Freud and Jasper Johns.

Since closing his London gallery and announcing his retirement in 2001, Anthony is now recognised as one of Britain's most generous philanthropists. In 2008 he donated than 1000 works of art from his personal collection to Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland at a fraction of its £125 million value.

The collection, known as ARTIST ROOMS, now regularly travels the UK and has been seen by more than 12 million people in 18 months. Anthony often travels with the exhibitions, involving himself in associated education projects where he meets young visitors and talks to them first hand about the work on display and the artists who created them.

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