The Art Fund helps Broadfield House Glass Museum acquire shining new work

  • 27 April 2009

The glass museum at Broadfield House has purchased a brand new work by famous glass artist Max Jacquard, with funding from independent charity The Art Fund and Ashwood Nurseries.

Entitled Fertile Landscape 2, the piece was made from lead crystal using special casting techniques. It was shown at the British Glass Biennale in 2008 as part of the International Festival of Glass.

The stunning piece is worth over £2,000 and features four bulbs sprouting through a landscape that is modelled on the female form.

Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for environment and culture, said: "We are extremely grateful to The Art Fund and Ashwood Nurseries for their support. It is difficult for museums to get funding to purchase contemporary works of art so the work of The Art Fund is vital in helping to keep our museums collections up to date."

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Broadfield House Glass Museum is situated on Compton Drive in Kingswinford and is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 12noon to 4pm. Admission is free. For further information call 01384 812745 or visit www.glassmuseum.org.uk.

Max Jacquard is originally from London and has a degree in 3D Design, Ceramics & Glass from Buckinghamshire College. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and in 2001 received a prestigious award from the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers. He was awarded first prize in the British Glass Biennale 2006 for his work For My Lost Loves. Jacquard has works in several collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and the Museo de Arte en Vidrio de Alcorcon, Madrid.

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. 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. Recent achievements include: helping secure Titian’s Diana and Actaeon for the National Galleries of Scotland and the National Gallery, London in February 2009 with a grant of £1 million; helping secure Anthony d’Offay’s collection, ARTIST ROOMS, for Tate and National Galleries of Scotland in February 2008 with a grant of £1million; and running the ‘Buy a Brushstroke’ public appeal which raised over £550,000 to keep Turner’s Blue Rigi watercolour in the UK. For more information contact the Press Office on 020 7225 4888 or visit www.artfund.org .

The Art Fund is a Registered Charity No. 209174