Over £500,000 to help museums outside London buy and commission contemporary artists films and video

  • 30 November 2017

The Moving Image Fund is designed to help museums and galleries across the UK collect and share with audiences the work of contemporary artists working with digital media, video and film.

Elizabeth Price, K, 2015 Courtesy of artist

Elizabeth Price, K, 2015

We're delighted to announce that Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and The Hunterian, Glasgow, will each receive £200,000 from the Moving Image Fund scheme to build their collections of artists' film and video over the next two years.

Stephen Deuchar, Art Fund director, said: “Our Moving Image Fund is helping UK museums and galleries to acquire important works in film and video, giving more people access to this increasingly important medium. We thank the generous supporters who have made this possible, and look forward to seeing what Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and the Hunterian Museum acquire.”

Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, and the Whitworth, Manchester, who joined the pilot scheme in 2015, will remain as participants in an expanded portfolio of organisations, with the Whitworth announcing its latest acquisition through the Moving Image Fund: Elizabeth Price's 'K', a two-channel video work that celebrates the manufacturing and marketing of women's hosiery - K tights and stockings being a well-known brand in the 1960s and 70s - juxtaposed with professional mourners.

Elizabeth Price, artist, said: "I'm very honoured that my work K will be owned by the Whitworth. It's hard to think of a collection and location more relevant to the subject matter of the work: weaving, storytelling, singing and dancing, than Manchester's Whitworth."

A new partnership with Film and Video Umbrella (FVU) will enable all four participating museums to commission new moving image works over the next four years. Together, FVU and Art Fund will provide over £40,000 for each museum to commission a new work for their respective collections - supported by FVU's longstanding curatorial and production expertise. These works will then join each organisation’s collection with exhibitions and displays of the new works to be announced.

Works acquired to date through the Moving Image Fund include: Isaac Julien’s Ten Thousand Waves (2010) jointly acquired by Towner Art Gallery and the Whitworth and Omer Fast’s 5,000 Feet is Best (2011) jointly acquired by Towner Art Gallery and IWM.

The Moving Image Fund is generously supported by Thomas Dane Gallery, The Rothschild Foundation and the Sfumato Foundation together with the galleries who support our Contemporary Fund including, Hauser & Wirth, Maureen Paley, Nicholas Logsdail and the Lisson Gallery, Sadie Coles, Victoria Miro and White Cube.

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