Moving Image Fund for Museums launches today
Philanthropists back pilot scheme launched by the Art Fund with Thomas Dane Gallery to share artists’ films with the nation.
The Moving Image Fund for Museums, which launches today, is a response to the challenges faced by UK museums in building their collections of moving-image works. The first scheme of its kind in the UK, it aims to ensure that the most significant works of contemporary film and video art can be bought for public collections. It is an Art Fund project conceived in partnership with and supported by Thomas Dane Gallery.
In the current economic climate UK galleries struggle to find the funds to acquire film and video works, which are expensive to produce and complex to exhibit. There are many important galleries with internationally significant collections across the UK, but most have modest budgets to expand (or start) their video and film collections – and some have none at all.
“Artists working in these media deserve to take their rightful place in public collections alongside the great exponents of painting, sculpture and photography.”
The Moving Image Fund for Museums supports film and video acquisitions during these challenging times. Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne and the Whitworth in Manchester (winner of Museum of the Year 2015) will be the first two galleries to benefit from the fund. Currently in its pilot phase, the scheme with provide £200,000 to each gallery over the next two years.
Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, said: ‘This pioneering scheme aims to bring significant film and video works into public collections on a more regular basis, promoting and protecting an increasingly important medium. We are extremely grateful to the generous consortium of supporters for making the Art Fund’s Moving Image Fund for Museums possible. We keenly look forward to seeing what the Towner Art Gallery and the Whitworth select for their first acquisitions.’
Thomas Dane and Martine d’Anglejan-Chatillon, partners at the gallery, added: ‘Works of film, video and digital media are important expressions of the culture in which we live. Artists working in these media deserve to take their rightful place in public collections alongside the great exponents of painting, sculpture and photography. We are very pleased to have worked with the Art Fund in bringing this fund into being.’
The Moving Image Fund for Museums is generously supported by the Ampersand Foundation, the Art Fund, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, Thomas Dane Gallery, Gerry Fox, David and Rose Heyman, Pierre Lagrange, Rebecca Marks, the Outset Young Production Fund, The Rothschild Foundation and the Sfumato Foundation.