MPs line up to support the Blue Rigi Appeal
- 20 February 2007
The Art Fund is delighted to have won cross party political support for the Blue Rigi campaign. Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs have helped to save Turner's stunning watercolour for Tate Britain.
The Blue Rigi was sold at auction on 5 June 2006 for a record breaking price. A temporary export bar has been placed on the painting until 20 March 2007 by the Culture Minister, David Lammy. The Art Fund has until the 20 March to raise a total of £4.95 million to prevent the masterpiece from entering a private collection abroad.
So far, several Members of Parliament have bought brushstrokes on The Art Fund's specially designed website and the names of Ed Vaizey MP (Conservative Shadow Minister for Culture), Don Foster MP (Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport) and Mark Fisher MP can be seen alongside artists such as Tracy Emin and Peter Doig.
Others such as Philip Davies MP have highlighted the cause by placing a link on their websites.
The Art Fund is highly optimistic for a successful outcome to the campaign; online donations and brushstroke purchases, as well as postal and phone donations already total £372,000. In addition, £500,000 has been pledged by The Art Fund and £2 million by the Tate, putting us well on track to ‘save’ this masterpiece for future generations to enjoy.
It is hoped that others will be encouraged to endorse a campaign that has captured the popular imagination. As Don Foster said, “I strongly support this effort to save such an important and exquisite piece of British art. I wish The Art Fund every success in this initiative."