Art Fund Collect 2012 winners announced

Five museums split the £75,000 prize pot, as curators target Japanese craft and emerging British talent.

Five museums have made major new acquisitions for their collections through the £75,000 Art Fund COLLECT scheme, now in its fifth year. Japanese craft and emerging British talent were areas both strongly represented in the winning bids.

The winners, which were selected from a shortlist of nine, were:

  • National Museum of Scotland, represented by Rosina Buckland: Crane Dance by Suiko Buseki, represented by Yufuku Gallery - Cost: £11,250. A woven bamboo sculpture showcasting the artist's considerable technical skill.
  • Whitworth Art Gallery, represented by Jennifer Harris: P: Kasuri 206 by Jun Tomita, represented by Katie Jones - Cost: £9,000. A painted textile piece, complementing the Whitworth's collection of Japanese textiles dating back to the 18th century.
  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, represented by Francesca Vanke: Flight Take Off by Geoffrey Mann, represented by Joanna Bird - Cost: £30,000. A glass sculpture by the 32-year-old Scottish artist, his first piece to be acquired by a UK museum.
  • Museums Sheffield, represented by Lucy Cooper: Hope by Kyoko Kumai, represented by Katie Jones - Cost: £5,500. Three objects of woven stainless steel, acquired to mark the 2013 centenary of the material's invention in Sheffield.
  • Touchstones Rochdale, represented by Yvonne Hardman: Super Jumbo Nigella, Wave by Junko Mori, represented by Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon - Cost: £17,300. A large, wax-coated steel sculpture evoking floral imagery and wave-like motion.

Stephen Deuchar, Director of the Art Fund, said, “The presentations from the curators were all impressive and persuasive. It is a privilege to be supporting the winners and their institutions and we are delighted with the extraordinary acquisitions they selected.”

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