New Acquisitions

The Arts Council Collection continues to grow through the purchase of new work, 60 works by 21 artists were acquired for the nation in 2020-21.  

Recommendations to purchase innovative works of art that reflect artistic practice in Britain today are made by a changing group of external advisors to the Arts Council Collection Acquisitions Committee. For 2020–21 they were: Martha Barratt, writer, editor and curator; Ryan Gander, artist; James Green, Director, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange and Zoé Whitley, Director, Chisenhale Gallery. 

The Chair of the Acquisitions Committee for 2020– 21 was Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England. The three permanent members of the Acquisitions Committee are: Deborah Smith, Director, Arts Council Collection; Peter Heslip, Director, Visual Arts, Arts Council England and Ralph Rugoff, Director, Hayward Gallery, London.


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