ACC in new partnership with museums, supported by Christie's

23 March 2012

The Arts Council Collection Partnerships supported by Christie’s is a new partnership with four regional museums. During the four-year scheme, the partner museums – Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, Leeds Museums & Galleries, Manchester Art Gallery and the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool – will create a dynamic programme of displays and exhibitions based on loans from the Arts Council Collection combined with their own collections.


Over the course of the scheme, the Arts Council Collection will also provide sustained curatorial and technical support in developing displays and exhibitions of works from the Collection, as well as offering a place on the Acquisitions Committee each year for one curator from a regional museum partner. The support from Christie’s, for an initial period of two years, will go directly to the museums towards curatorial research, transport, display and education.


Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, said: “This is an innovative piece of corporate philanthropy, bringing a truly exciting exhibitions programme to four excellent collections based in the regions. Congratulations to the Arts Council Collection for pioneering this scheme, and to Christie’s for supporting this important initiative.”


The first display under the scheme will be Goshka Macuga’s large scale Kabinett der Abstraktion (after El Lissitsky), 2003, opening on 22 March – August 2012 at Leeds Museums & Galleries. Shown for the first time since it was acquired by the Arts Council Collection in 2010, the cabinet elaborates Macuga’s interest in the political and institutional aspects of collecting. It will display small-scale editions works by artists such as Christo, Joseph Beuys and Daniel Spoerri all purchased during a brief period in the late 1960s when the Arts Council Collection collected work by international as well as British based artists.


From 1 June 2012 to 1 June 2013, Manchester Art Gallery will showcase its recent acquisitions in the medium of photography.  Thematically grouped with the inclusion of over 20 important works from the Arts Council Collection, Focal Points: Art and Photography will include works by Keith Arnatt, Melanie Manchot, Peter Fraser, Jane and Louise Wilson and Nigel Shafran.


Also opening in June (15 June – 12 October 2012), will be a display in Aston Hall, part of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, focused on portraiture, with works by Toby Ziegler, Hilary Lloyd, Peter Doig and Michael Landy from the Arts Council Collection responding to the history of the house.


The Walker Art Gallery will be working with the Collection to present Turner Prize nominated Enrico David’s large-scale installation Madrepelage from 2005, which will be presented alongside some recent work during the 2012 Liverpool Biennial.




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