Vote for your favourite acquisition of the year and you could win a lifetime National Art Pass
We're looking for the public's favourite Art Fund work of the year. To celebrate another year of helping museums and galleries to acquire great art, our shortlist of 10 works showcases the breadth of museums’ collecting across the UK.
You can vote for your favourite work from the shortlist below.
All those who vote will be entered into a free prize draw, with the chance of winning a lifetime National Art Pass worth £1,850.
The poll closes at 5pm on 15 December, and we’ll be announcing the winning work on 18 December.
Please read the terms and conditions before entering.
The 2018 poll is now closed
Unknown artist, Am Not I a Man and a Brother (c1800)
International Slavery Museum
A powerful anti-slavery statement, this is only the second known painting to feature the motif of a kneeling man in chains, an image which was an icon in abolitionist activism.
John Bellany, The Boatbuilders (1962)
Scottish Maritime Museum
One of the most ambitious paintings of John Bellany’s early career, The Boatbuilders is an important addition to the Scottish Maritime Museum’s new national art collection.
Leonora Carrington, Portrait of Max Ernst (c1939)
National Galleries of Scotland
Given to Max Ernst by Leonora Carrington when the pair exchanged portraits of each other, this is the first work by Carrington to enter the Scottish national collection.
Artemisia Gentileschi, Self-Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria (c1616)
This recently discovered work is one of only three easel paintings in the country by Italian Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi, one of very few women painters be acclaimed in her own era.
Towner Art Gallery
Depicting the white cliffs of Beachy Head shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War, this watercolour makes a poignant addition to Towner’s collection of works by Ravilious.
Lubaina Himid, Toussaint L’Ouverture (1987)
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima)
Himid’s collage portrays Haitian revolutionary François-Dominique Toussaint L'Ouverture, who despite being a key figure in black history has been marginalised in mainstream history.
Kehinde Wiley, Ship of Fools (2017)
Royal Museums Greenwich
The first work by American artist Kehinde Wiley to enter a public collection in the UK, Ship of Fools represents the perilous journeys taken by thousands of migrants today.
Unknown maker, Anglo-Saxon pendant (650-700)
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
The highlight of a trove of artefacts found at Winfarthing in 2014, this gold pendant set with hundreds of tiny garnets is an extremely rare discovery.
Yinka Shonibare MBE, Earth (2010)
Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Patterned with the type of heavy chains made in Wolverhampton from the 19th century, Shonibare’s colourful figure refers ironically to the darker side of colonialism and industrialisation.
Grayson Perry, Posh Art (1992)
Victoria Art Gallery
Decorated with images of 'posh' things, the classical-urn shaped Posh Art addresses ideas of taste, wealth and class in a clever and humorous satire.