Eleven institutions in the running for national contemporary craft prize as Edmund de Waal is confirmed as judge

  • 15 March 2010

Independent art charity The Art Fund, and the Crafts Council, today announced the eleven institutions short-listed to take part in Art Fund Collect, a nationwide initiative championing contemporary craft and increasing its presence in UK collections. Now in its third year, Art Fund Collect offers a fund of £75,000 for curators from UK institutions to select and acquire outright a unique work from COLLECT, the Craft Council's international art fair for contemporary objects.

Ceramic artist Edmund de Waal has also been confirmed as the fifth judge on the panel that will decide who will win a share of the Art Fund Collect pot. His fellow panellists include Art Fund Director Stephen Deuchar, Ex Chairman of the Crafts Council and The Art Fund Sir Nicholas Goodison, Executive Director of the Crafts Council Rosy Greenlees and Art Fund Trustee Jonathan Marsden.

The short-listed museums and galleries for Art Fund Collect 2010 are:

1. Aberdeen Art Gallery

2. Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

3. The Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

4. Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

5. Manchester Art Gallery

6. Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

7. mima, Middlesbrough

8. Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

9. Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery

10. Harris Museum, Preston

11. York Art Gallery  

Art Fund Collect will take place on 13 May, at COLLECT. On the day, short-listed curators will be given special advance access to the fair, ahead of private buyers and VIP guests, enabling them to cherry-pick the very best works on offer.

Working against the clock, the curators will have just one hour to race around the fair, at London’s Saatchi Gallery, and pick one item they wish to acquire for their institution’s public collection. The expert panel of judges will examine their choices and decide who will win a share of the £75,000 prize from The Art Fund. Winning curators will be able to buy their chosen piece outright on behalf of their museum or gallery.

A total of 21 institutions applied to Art Fund Collect 2010.

Winners will be announced on the evening of 13 May at the private view of COLLECT. Decisions will be made based upon the ambition and expertise demonstrated by curators on the day through the work they select. 


Press release