Going Public

This project addresses the urgent need for galleries and museums across the UK to reconnect with the concept of philanthropy as a vital part of the cultural infrastructure.

Going Public is an initiative created by Museums Sheffield alongside project co-originators Mark Doyle and Sebastien Montabonel to develop conversations around the relationship between private philanthropy and the public art sector. It asks the question: where are the philanthropists of the future, and what role do public galleries and private collections play in bringing great art to everyone?

Going Public 2017

Going Public: International Art Collectors in Sheffield continues at the Graves Gallery this autumn with one of the UK’s finest private collections of modern and contemporary art. Reflecting a passion for photography, minimalism and geometric abstraction, Jack Kirkland’s personal collection brings together work by some of the most important artists of the past 75 years. This new exhibition showcases personally selected highlights from the collection, including painting, sculpture, works on paper and photography by Carl Andre, Donald Judd, Josef Albers, Anni Albers, Bridget Riley, Lewis Baltz and more.

Saturday 2 September 2017 to Saturday 2 December 2017

Going Public 2016

In 2016, Valeria Napoleone, a leading international collector of work by women artists, put together highlights from her prestigious collection of contemporary art in public for the first time at Museums Sheffield’s Graves Gallery and Touchstones Rochdale. The exhibition, supported by Art Fund, included works by Tomma Abts, Monica Bonvicini, and Ida Ekblad.

The 2016 Going Public Report by Louisa Buck is available here.

Going Public 2015

In 2015, the project was a partnership between Museums Sheffield, Sheffield Cathedral, Sheffield Hallam University’s Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery and Site Gallery to show work from four major European art collectors and philanthropists (Egidio & Daniel Marzona, Nicolas Cattelain, Patrizia & Eugenio Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and Dominique & Sylvain Levy). Each loaned internationally significant works from their private collections to stimulate debate about the future of regional museums and the question: how can public and private sectors work better together?. Over 130,000 people visited the exhibitions and 150 delegates attended the summit.

The 2015 Going Public Report by Louisa Buck explores the outcomes of the summit - including responses from Sarah Philp, our director of programmes, as well as Maria Balshaw and Chris Dercon. It brought together the views of private philanthropists and public museum directors on opportunities for collaboration which could help strengthen regional museums and galleries, and covered topics such as European vs American models of philanthropy, relationship building, tax reform, investment in artists, inspirational leadership and the continued importance of public funding.

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