Debate: Should we always try to 'save' works of art for Britain?

  • 5 September 2013

As Royal Museums Greenwich launches its campaign to acquire two George Stubbs paintings, we ask whether we should always try to save art for the nation.

George Stubbs, The Kongouro from New Holland (The Kangaroo) Private Collection, Courtesy of Nevill Keating Pictures Ltd

George Stubbs, The Kongouro from New Holland (The Kangaroo)

Kick-started in August 2013 with a £200,000 Art Fund grant, the campaign was launched to buy Stubbs's paintings of a kangaroo and a dingo, the first depictions of their subjects in western art. They were provisionally sold to an Australian buyer, but were placed under an export bar by the UK government to give British museums the opportunity to acquire the works.

For the winter issue of the Art Fund's magazine Art Quarterly, we invite your views on whether we should always try to 'save' works of art for Britain. Join the conversation on Facebook or by emailing Art Quarterly at artquarterly@artfund.org.

Read the responses to our autumn debate: What impact can a local authority's support for culture have on its community?