The Art Fund supports 'New Acquisitions' exhibition in Lincolnshire

  • 19 May 2008

The latest temporary exhibition at The Collection in Lincolnshire entitled 'New Acquisitions', is due to open on the 27th May, and comprises the latest works that have been acquired by Lincolnshire County Council, which includes three works that The Art Fund provided substantial grants for.

These are two portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds of ‘Isabella Thorold’ and ‘Thomas Middleton Trollope’, which were acquired with a grant of £11,492, plus a pot by the award-winning contemporary artist Grayson Perry, called ‘Fantasy Village’, which was acquired with a grant of £11,400. The pot depicts a rural idyll and was made for the ‘Charms of Lincolnshire’ exhibition which Perry curated in 2006. Other objects on display include a portfolio of contemporary art and works by Edward Allington, four drawings by Edward Lear and a selection of ledgers from Lincoln and Louth Prisons dating from the 19th Century. Recent acquisitions to the archaeological collections will also be on display in the museum.

David Barrie, Director of The Art Fund, said: “I am delighted that three works by two such different artists have been acquired by The Collection with the help of The Art Fund. All of them have strong local connections, and all will be shown to great advantage in the Usher Gallery. Reynolds’s portraits are of members of two prominent local families, and Grayson Perry’s ‘Fantasy Village’ was created specifically for an exhibition entitled ‘Charms of Lincolnshire’. In their different ways, these acquisitions will all greatly enrich The Collection.”

The show acknowledges the support and generosity of numerous organisations including The Art Fund and other funding bodies that have supported recent acquisitions. These are The Contemporary Art Society, Arts Council England, the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund, The Heslam Trust, The Friends of Lincoln Museums and Art Gallery and The Usher Trust.

Notes to editors:
1. The Art Fund is the UK’s leading independent art charity. It offers grants to help UK museums and galleries enrich their collections; campaigns on behalf of museums and their visitors; and promotes the enjoyment of art.
2. It is entirely funded from public donations and has 80,000 members. Since 1903 the charity has helped museums and galleries all over the UK secure 860,000 works of art for their collections.
3. Recent achievements include: helping secure Anthony d’Offay’s collection, ARTIST ROOMS, for Tate and National Galleries of Scotland in February 2008 with a grant of £1million; putting together a unique funding package to ensure Dumfries House in Ayrshire and its contents were secured intact for the nation in July 2007; and running the ‘Buy a Brushstroke’ public appeal which raised over £550,000 to keep Turner’s Blue Rigi watercolour in the UK.
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