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DRAF is responsible for the David Roberts Collection. Started in the mid 1990s, the Collection currently comprises over 2,000 works. It focuses on contemporary works but also includes some modern works. It is not focused on a specific medium, generation or geographical area.

The Collection is an evolving archive of forms and concepts. Works from the Collection are regularly exhibited at DRAF or internationally within exhibitions at other institutions.



01 Currently on loan


Works from the Collection currently on loan include:


Caroline Achaintre, Flaschengeist, 2011 and She-Balls, 2011

on loan to Caroline Achaintre, 21 Jan – 23 Apr 2017 at FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France


Rodney Graham, Basement Camera Shop circa 1937, 2011

on loan to Rodney Graham: That’s Not Me, 16 Mar – 11 Jun 2017 at BALTIC, Gateshead, UK


Rodney Graham, Canadian Humourist, 2012 and Sunday Sun, 1937, 2012

on loan to Rodney Graham, Canadian Impressionist, 9 Mar – 27 May 2017 at Canada House, London, UK


John Latham, Red, Green and Yellow, 1967

on loan to A World View: John Latham, 2 Mar – 21 May 2017 at Serpentine Gallery, London, UK


Santiago Sierra, 21 Anthropometric Moduls Made From Human Faeces by The People Of Sulabh International, India, 2005-6

on loan to Santiago Sierra. Mea Culpa, 28 Mar – 4 Jun at PAC, Milan, Italy


Gavin Turk, Nomad, 2002

on loan to In a Dream You Saw a Way to Survive, 28 Jan 2017 – 1 May 2017 at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, UK


Hans Bellmer, Untitled, 1936

Louise Bourgeois, ECHO VIII, 2007

Sarah Lucas, Grace, 2006

Sarah Lucas, Nduda, 2013

Rebecca Warren, TLGEIAFDP, 2005

on loan to Disobedient Bodies: JW Anderson curates The Hepworth Wakefield, 18 Mar – 18 Jun 2017 at Hepworth Wakefield, UK

02 Loans policy

Works from the Collection can be loaned to institutions in the UK and internationally, subject to the following conditions:

  • The Borrower must confirm agreement from the artist, or their Estate, prior to requesting a loan. We will not lend a work to a third party without the artist’s consent.
  • Formal loan requests should be made in writing to the Chief Curator. Requests should be made as far in advance as possible, with a minimum of six weeks’ notice.
  • Our policy is not to lend to commercial exhibitions or exhibitions in commercial spaces.
  • The work will not be released until completed and signed loan forms together and insurance certificates have been received by the Chief Curator.
  • The Borrower is responsible for insuring all loaned works door to door.
  • There is an administration fee for all loans, to be paid prior to transportation.
  • Condition reports must be completed in English upon unpacking and repacking the work.
  • For certain works, we may ask the Borrower to pay for any display requirements (framing, glazing, plinths), crates and packaging or courier’s expenses.

For any loan queries, please contact

03 Artists


The David Roberts Collection includes works by more than 600 artists, including:

Caroline Achaintre, Horst Ademeit, Craigie Aitchinson, Doug Aitken, Jennifer Allen, Ozlem Altin, Danai Anesiadou, Ida Applebroog, Charles Avery, John Baldessari, Miroslaw Balka, Fiona Banner, Sara Barker, Phyllida Barlow, Yto Barrada, Nina Beier, Neil Beloufa, Walead Beshty, Huma Bhabha, Pierre Bismuth, Karla Black, Peter Blake, Katinka Bock, Louise Bourgeois, Carol Bove, Martin Boyce, Boyle Family, Mark Bradford, Candice Breitz, Cecily Brown, Peter Buggenhout, Daniel Buren, Gerald Byrne, Miriam Cahn, Varda Caivano, Anthony Caro, Maurizio Cattelan, Patrick Caulfield, Etienne Chambaud, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Marieta Chirulescu, Dan Colen, George Condo, Nigel Cooke, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Keith Coventry, Tony Cragg, Michael Craig-Martin, Martin Creed, Gregory Crewdson, John Currin, Aaron Curry, Keren Cytter, Dexter Dalwood, Enrico David, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Richard Deacon, Michael Dean, Wim Delvoye, Thomas Demand, Jason Dodge, Peter Doig, Tara Donovan, Alex Dordoy, Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Shannon Ebner, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Tracey Emin, Inka Essenhigh, Cerith Wyn Evans, Valie Export, Ayan Farah, Tessa Farmer, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Spencer Finch, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Lucian Freud, Simon Fujiwara, Barnaby Furnas, Cyprien Gaillard, Neil Gall, Ellen Gallagher, Dora GarcÌa, Theaster Gates, Kendell Geers, Gilbert and George, Adrian Ghenie, Luigi Ghirri, Jim Goldberg, Douglas Gordon, Antony Gormley, Laurent Grasso, Rodney Graham, Harry Gruyaert, Subodh Gupta, Andreas Gursky, Philip Guston, Marcus Harvey, Mona Hatoum, Eberhard Havekost, Raphaele Hefti, Jeppe Hein, Lothar Hempel, Eva Hesse, Damien Hirst, Alexander Hoda, Jenny Holzer, Jonathan Horowitz. Thomas Houseago, Peter Howson, Zhang Huan, Graham Hudson, Des Hughes, Marine Hugonnier, Gary Hume, Bethan Huws, Pierre Huyghe, Nathan Hylden, Jorg Immendorff, Matthew Day Jackson, Richard Jackson, Sergej Jensen, Renaud Jerez, Chantal Joffe, Rashid Johnson, Jitish Kallat, Anish Kapoor, Ian Kiaer, Anselm Kiefer, Martin Kippenberger, Leon Kossoff, Yayoi Kusama, Gerald Laing, Jim Lambie, Michael Landy, Elad Lassry, John Latham, Lars Laumann, Bob Law, Leigh Ledare, Sol Lewitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Liliane Lijn, George Henry Longly, Nate Lowman, Sarah Lucas, Nina Beier & Marie Lund, Markus Lupertz, Tala Madani, Lee Maelzer, Benoit Maire, David Maljkovic, Victor Man, Mark Manders, Christian Marclay, Kris Martin, Patrizio Di Massimo, Paul McCarthy, Bruce McLean, Susan Meiselas, Marilyn Minter, Joan Miro, Donald Moffett, Jonathan Monk, Henry Moore, Katy Moran, Helmut Newton, Roman Ondak, Julian Opie, Tony Oursler, Eduardo Paolozzi, Marlo Pascual, A.R. Penck, Grayson Perry, Seth Pick, Pablo Pijnappel, Falke Pisano, Reto Pulfer, Marc Quinn, Nathaniel Rackowe, Benedict Radcliffe, Rashid Rana, Man Ray, Paula Rego, Tobias Rehberger, Anselm Reyle, Manuela Ribadeneira, Gerhard Richter, Bridget Riley, Damien Roach, Pietro Roccasalva, James Rosenquist, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Doris Salcedo, Wilhelm Sasnal, Thomas Scheibitz, Markus Schinwald, David Schutter, Indre Serpytyte, George Shaw, Raqib Shaw, Conrad Shawcross, Cindy Sherman, Erin Shirreff, Yinka Shonibare, Jamie Shovlin, David Shrigley, Santiago Sierra, Lorna Simpson, Dirk Skreber, Andreas Slominski, Anj Smith, Bob & Roberta Smith, Kaspar Sonne, Simon Starling, John Stezaker, Catherine Sullivan, Eve Sussman, Adam Thompson, Mark Titchner, Wolfgang Tillmans, Ryan Gander and Mario Garcia Torres, Rosemarie Trockel, Oscar Tuazon, William Turnbull, Ian Tweedy, Keith Tyson, Fredrik Vaerslev, Lesley Vance, Joana Vasconcelos, Banks Violette/ Gardar Eide Einarsson, Ulla von Brandenburg, Danh Vo, Mark Wallinger, Andy Warhol, Rebecca Warren, Gary Webb, Ai Weiwei, Franz West, Michael Wilkinson, Feng Zhengjie, Jakub Julian Ziolkowski, Thomas Zipp.