Art Fund and Crafts Council launch Art Fund Collect 2011

Together with the Crafts Council, we're launching our joint funding initiative Art Fund Collect for the fourth year running. The £75,000 scheme offers UK curators the chance to buy an outstanding piece of contemporary international craft for their museum or gallery.

From 14 December 2010, curators from museums and galleries across the country are invited to apply to take part.

Art Fund Collect will take place on 5 May 2011, the preview day of COLLECT, the Crafts Council’s international art fair for contemporary objects, held at London’s Saatchi Gallery. Shortlisted curators are granted exclusive access to the fair, ahead of private buyers and VIPs and a day before doors open to the public. They have one hour to go around the 36 international galleries represented and pick one object they wish to add to their museum or gallery’s public collection. Curators then justify their selection to the expert judging panel.

Winning curators and their objects are selected on the day, based on the vision and demonstrated in their choice of craft. Each one obtains a share of the £75,000 funding pot to buy their chosen object outright on behalf of their museum or gallery.

This year, Anthony Griffiths, Art Fund trustee and British Museum curator of Prints & Drawings, will chair the judging panel. Craft critic Tanya Harrod also joins him, taking over from ceramicist and writer Edmund de Waal, who took part in 2010. Tanya Harrod is the author of the prize-winning The Crafts in Britain in the Twentieth Century (Yale University Press 1999). She said: “The Art Fund and the Crafts Council are making it possible for our museums to acquire some of the most ambitious, mysterious and beautiful objects of our time. This is timely when ideas about craft and craftsmanship have never been more discussed.”

The other judges are: Art Fund Director Stephen Deuchar, Ex Chairman of the Crafts Council and The Art Fund Sir Nicholas Goodison, Executive Director of the Crafts Council Rosy Greenlees and Art Fund Trustee Jonathan Marsden.

Curators have until 9 March 2011 to submit their applications. The shortlist will be announced in late March.

Find out more about Art Fund Collect and how to apply.

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