New Acquisitions Committee Members 19/20

11 June 2019

The Arts Council Collection is pleased to announce two new members of the 2019-2020 Acquisitions Committee. Artist Ryan Gander and Director of Firstsite in Colchester, Sally Shaw. 

Ryan Gander is an artist living and working in Suffolk and London. He studied at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, NL and the Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht, NL. The artist has been a Professor of Visual Art at the University of Huddersfield and holds an honorary Doctor of the Arts at the Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Suffolk. In 2017 he was awarded an OBE for services to contemporary arts. In 2019 he was awarded the Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University.

Sally Shaw has been Director at Firstsite since April 2016.  She was previously Head of Programme at Modern Art Oxford. Sally has a specialist background in commissioning and public art and was Deputy Head of Culture for the Mayor of London and Senior Curator for London Underground. Sally has an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from Goldsmiths College of Art & Design.

Recommendations on purchasing 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.

Acquisitions are made through a committee of eight individuals. Ryan and Sally join external members Helen Nisbet (Artistic Director and Curator, Art Night 2019) and Fatos √ústek (Director, Liverpool Biennial). The internal members of the Acquisitions Committee are Jill Constantine (Director, Arts Council Collection), with Ralph Rugoff (Director, Hayward Gallery), and Peter Heslip (Director, Visual Arts, Arts Council England). Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair of Arts Council England, acts as Chair to the Committee.

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