Art Fund International partnerships announced
Art Fund International is the £5 million funding initiative launched by the Art Fund in order to encourage UK museums and galleries to build outstanding collections of international contemporary art.
One of the most important and ambitious schemes ever launched by the Art Fund, the initiative allocated £1 million each to five successful partnerships between UK museums and contemporary art organisations, to fund the creation of collections of international contemporary art over a period of five years, thus encouraging a radical change in the scale and ambition of contemporary art collecting in the UK.
The successful partnerships are:
- Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives in partnership with Arnolfini with a collection theme of ‘Glass Walls: Reflections and Interactions’.
- Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow in partnership with The Common Guild whose collection will aim to establish an international context for the Gallery’s recent acquisitions of Scottish art. Curator Ben Harmen from Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow has been blogging about the scheme.
- Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) in partnership with The Drawing Centre, New York and others will build an important collection of drawings made by artists living and working in North and South America.
- Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne in partnership with Photoworks, Brighton Photo Biennial and Artsway will take Eastbourne’s position on the south coast beside Beachy Head as a starting point to collect art that reflects upon images of Edges.
- Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and New Art Gallery Walsall in partnership with Ikon whose collection theme is ‘The Metropolis – reflections of modern urban life’.