Eight museums and galleries shortlisted for £75,000 contemporary craft scheme

  • 6 April 2011

Eight museums and galleries are in the running to win a piece of contemporary craft through Art Fund Collect this year.

Art Fund Collect is a scheme we run jointly wit the Crafts Council. Annually it brings £75,000 worth of international contemporary craft to public collections in the UK.

Art Fund Collect offers curators the chance to pick a unique piece of craft at COLLECT, the Crafts Council’s international art fair for contemporary objects. Successful curators win a share of the £75,000 provided by the Art Fund to buy their chosen object outright on behalf of their museum or gallery.

The following curators are shortlisted to take part in Art Fund Collect this year:

1. Fiona Slattery and Martin Ellis, Curators of Applied Arts at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
2. Rachel Conroy, Assistant Curator at National Museum Wales - Amgueddfa Cymru
3. Penny Sexton, Curator and Holly Morgenroth, Assistant Curator of Natural History at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter
4. Polly Putnam, Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts at Leeds Museums & Galleries
5. James Beighton, Curator at mima Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
6. Francesca Vanke, Curator of Decorative Arts and Dr Andrew Moore Keeper of Art and Senior Curator at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
7. Pamela Wood, Keeper of Decorative Arts and Deborah Dean, Visual Arts and Exhibitions Manager at Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery
8. Alison Cooper, Assistant Keeper of Art at Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery

Art Fund Collect takes place on 5 May 2011, the preview day of COLLECT which is being held at the Saatchi Gallery for the third year running.

The shortlisted curators will access the fair ahead of private buyers and VIPs, and one day before doors open to the public. They will have just one hour to go around the 37 international galleries represented at COLLECT and pick one object they wish to add to their museum or gallery’s public collection. They are then required to justify their choice in a verbal presentation to the panel of judges. Winners are selected according to the vision and ambition they demonstrate, and we buy the winning objects on behalf of each museum or gallery.

Art Fund Collect takes place each year at COLLECT. We set the scheme up together with the Crafts Council in 2008 as a way of boosting public collections with the best of international contemporary craft. To date, Art Fund Collect has contributed £200,000 towards the purchase of unique works for the public to enjoy.

A total of 18 institutions applied and the judging panel met on 23 March to draw up the shortlist.

Three of this year’s institutions have previously competed successfully in Art Fund Collect. James Beighton, Curator at mima, won the intricate gold Bracelet by Giovanni Corvaja in 2009 (£27,750) and in 2008 walked away with a dramatic, large-scale pot, Monumental Vase V by Julian Stair (£25,263). The Royal Albert Memorial Museum’s Penny Sexton took part in 2010 alongside colleague Tony Eccles, winning Golden Fields of Rice by Mutsumi Suzuki, an exquisite piece of Japanese lacquer ware worth £17,000. In 2009, Andrew Renton, Head of Applied Art and National Museum Wales - Amgueddfa Cymru won glass sculpture Red Stripe by Rachael Woodman, worth £6,500.

COLLECT 2011 is open to the public from 6-9 May 2011.

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