Help for regional museums to acquire contemporary art
A new scheme will see one work by a leading British artist acquired for a Contemporary Art Society member museum every year. The ‘Great Works’ initiative aims to address the lack of works by contemporary British artists in regional collections and “balance the London bias”.
The Sfumato Foundation has agreed to support the acquisition of one work a year, although the amount of money being put forward has not been disclosed.
The 70 CAS member museums – 62 of which are based outside of London – are invited to apply for the award. CAS said: “The successful applicant will make the case for the acquisition of work by an artist with a substantial connection to the museum’s existing collections, city or region.” The Society will then work with the organisation to identify an appropriate piece to acquire.
The scheme is about ‘placemaking’, CAS said: “Up and down the country museum collections help to define cities… Great works make for destination museums, and contemporary art in particular connects people to the culture of their own time.”
See the whole article by Frances Richens in Arts Professional here