D’Offay, who ran London’s Dering Street gallery until it closed in 2001, donated his collection of 725 Modern and contemporary works to both Tate and the NGS in 2008. He also founded and became ex-officio curator of the acclaimed Artist Rooms programme, which is jointly owned and managed by both institutions.
In January 2018, the Tate and the NGS stopped collaborating with D’Offay following allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour made by three former colleagues against the prominent art world figure. Metropolitan Police also investigated a complaint from a fourth unidentified woman who alleged D’Offay sent her “malicious communications”.
At the time, D’Offay told reporters he was “appalled” by the allegations and denied them categorically. Nevertheless, he stepped down from his ex-officio curator role and resigned from the board of the Artist Rooms Foundation.
On 5 April 2019, Tate and the NGS told The Times that they have resumed contact with D’Offay after careful consideration by their trustees and after investigations into the allegations against him yielded no evidence.
Under the Artist Rooms scheme, works from D’Offay’s collection, including pieces by Gerhard Richter and Andy Warhol, tour the UK to foster creativity among young Britons. Each Artist Room display is devoted to a single artist, so audiences can learn to appreciate the work of individual practitioners.