Art Fund Collect shortlist announced

  • 11 January 2008

The Art Fund, today announced the 10 shortlisted museums now in the running to spend a share of a £50,000 fund on contemporary craft at Collect 2008, in its new initiative Art Fund Collect.

Launched by The Art Fund in partnership with the Crafts Council, the scheme invited museums to apply for the opportunity to gain privileged preview access to Collect 2008.

The ten shortlisted museums and galleries are:

1. Ulster Museum, Belfast
2. Hove Museum, Brighton and Hove
3. National Museum Wales, Cardiff
4. McManus Galleries and Museum, Dundee
5. Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
6. Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
7. Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
8. Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston
9. Sheffield Galleries and Museum
10. York Museums Trust

A total of 23 galleries and museums from across the country applied, and now 10 have the chance to select one significant contemporary craft object for their collection during a special pre VIP preview. Each museum will submit its choice of object by 1pm on 24 January to the Committee (2), who will then choose the winners of the share of the £50,000 fund.

David Barrie, Director of The Art Fund, said:
“Great works of contemporary craft are still available for affordable sums if you seize the opportunity offered by fairs like Collect. This strategic and active intervention by The Art Fund is designed to by-pass the often cumbersome decision-making processes and enable museum curators to be able to compete with private collectors to acquire the very best work now being made.”

Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director, The Crafts Council, said:
“The Crafts Council is committed to creating opportunities for public collections to acquire craft. We are delighted that The Art Fund is supporting craft collections through this initiative.”

The Crafts Council Patrons have donated a further £5,000 to the scheme for the purchase of an additional object by a UK maker for one of the shortlisted museums. The winner will be chosen by the Art Fund Collect Committee as part of the initiative.

For more information on Collect 2008 please click here