The Art Fund launches Art Fund Collect, an exciting new craft collecting initiative

£50,000 has been allocated towards Art Fund Collect which has been developed in partnership with the Crafts Council. The new scheme will allow a shortlist of curators to cherry pick significant works by artists and makers of international status at Collect in January 2008.

The initiative has been designed to challenge curators working with contemporary, museum-quality craft objects, to be more ambitious and extend their collections. Works will be chosen against the clock by the selected curators during a special pre-VIP preview at Collect 2008. Curators will have 3 hours to make their choice from the work on offer at the fair.

Collect is presented by the Crafts Council and is Europe’s only international art fair dedicated to contemporary applied and decorative arts. It will be held at the Victoria and Albert Museum from 25 – 29 January 2008.

The Art Fund invites short proposals from museum and art gallery curators with collections or an interest in contemporary craft. These proposals should be based on research into the galleries and artists exhibiting at Collect 2008 and will outline a ‘wish list’ of artists and makers.

By providing special access, 100% grants and a quick decision process, The Art Fund want to help curators jump the queue of private collectors and raise the quality of contemporary craft collections in the UK.

David Barrie, Director, The Art Fund:
'Great works of contemporary craft are still available for affordable sums if you seize the opportunity offered by fairs like Collect. This strategic and active intervention by The Art Fund is designed to by-pass the often cumbersome decision-making processes and enable museum curators to be able to compete with private collectors to acquire the very best work now being made.'

Art Fund Collect was launched at the Crafts Council’s Annual Craft Curators’ Conference at the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art on 9 November 2007.

Click here for more information about the scheme and how to apply.

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