Acquisitions

Arts Council Collection: Acquisitions

Each year, the Arts Council Collection acquires new work through an annual acquisitions process. In 2017-18, the Collection acquired 47 works by 25 artists, in what was a noteworthy year for female artists coming into the Collection; for the first time the number of female artists outweighs the number of works by men, 15 to 10.

Recent acquisitions include; Emma Hart’ s, Fork Face, 2017, currently included in Arts Council Collection’s touring exhibition, In My Shoes: Art & the Self since the 1990s; and two works from Manchester-based artist Miskha Henner’s series Dutch Landscapes, 2011, which will be shown at Towner Art Gallery’s exhibition At Altitude in Eastbourne in Summer 2018.

We are delighted to have received support from the Art Fund this year to acquire two major works Caragh Thuring’s Ardyne Point, 2016, which will be part of another ACC touring show, curated by artist, Yinka Shonibare opening later this year. The acquisition of Melanie Manchot Dance (All Night, London) 2017, a collective dance performance specially commissioned by Art Night (London) was made possible by Art Fund and Art Night.

The Arts Council Collection supports and promotes British art and artists by buying their work at an early or critical stage in their career. The Acquisitions Committee also purchased 4 paintings by Bradford-born artist Matthew Krishanu.

 

Explore the full list of New Acquisitions 17/18.
 

How We Work

“The spine and the backbone of national art is the Arts Council Collection. It collects artists at a young age and supports them at a tender time, usually broke and up against it. In the early stages of establishing who knows what, the Arts Council Collection made it clear that it wanted to talk seriously and collect liberally with a wide and enlightened mind. A rare thing today. My work, 'Seizure' was allowed to carry on by this enlightened ideal of a collection. 'Saved for the nation' was always an epithet that seemed premature for an artist of my age, but they had the foresight to challenge orthodoxy and protect a work now beyond my reach.”

Roger Hiorns | Artist

The Arts Council Collection supports and promotes British art and artists by acquiring their work at an early or critical stage in their career. With a focus on innovative work made by artists living in Britain our acquisitions policy is characterised by a spirit of risk taking combined with an informed appraisal of current practice.

The Arts Council Collection acquires new work through an annual acquisitions process. Between 2013 and 2017 the Arts Council Collection acquired 160 works by 111 artists.

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News: New Acquisitions Announced

See the full list of 45 works by 29 artists that we acquired for the nation in 2016-2017.
Gifts & Bequests

In addition to works purchased through the annual acquisitions process, the Collection has also received gifts through donations made by artists and their estates.
Acquisitions Partners

The Arts Council Collection acknowledges the support of Art Fund and The Henry Moore Foundation.

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