New Acquisitions 2015-16

11 May 2016

The Arts Council Collection announces this week that it has acquired more than 40 works in 2015-2016 – spanning video, photographs, installations, paintings, computer animation and sculpture – from 23 artists including Dan Holdsworth, Rachel Maclean, Hannah Starkey and Matt Stokes. This is in addition to the eight new commissioned works, which mark the 70th anniversary of the Collection.

Jill Constantine, Head of Arts Council Collection, said: “This anniversary year has been an exceptional one with 47 new works by 23 artists entering the Collection alongside eight new commissions. 21 of these artists were not previously represented. I am delighted that we have also been able to acquire work from artists living as far apart as Hereford, Liverpool, Glasgow and Newcastle ensuring that the Collection represents the very best of artistic practice across the UK. I am delighted to welcome these artists into the Collection particularly in its 70th year." Peter Heslip, Director, Visual Arts, Arts Council England, said: “It looks to me like a vintage year. Our Collection neatly complements Arts Council England's grant giving activities, providing artists with validation and safeguarding their work for future generations. It is also an extremely lean and effective means of getting great work out to benefit everyone, everywhere in England. In turn the Collection benefits from the generosity of so many artists who gift work and lend their expertise to help grow this public resource."

The new Acquisitions and 70th Anniversary Commissions brochures can be viewed here.

Image: Rachel Maclean, Feed Me, 2015. © the artist.




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