Friday, 13 April 2012

News - Nine museums to take part in £75k Art Fund Collect (Sheffield)

The nine museums that will take part in this year’s Art Fund Collect, the £75,000 scheme, which offers UK museums the chance to develop their contemporary craft collections, have been named. And the list contains a few familiar faces.

Of the nine museums chosen, six have previously been shortlisted, with Beaney Art Museum, National Museum of Scotland and Touchstones Rochdale completely new to the scheme. What’s more, five of the six previous participants have gone on to be successful in acquiring work through Art Fund Collect.

The nine museum curators chosen to take part in Art Fund Collect are:
Aberdeen City Art Gallery: Alison Fraser
Beaney Art Museum and Library, Canterbury: Krystyna Matyjaszkiewicz
National Museum Wales, Cardiff: Rachel Conroy
National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh: Rosina Buckland
Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter: Tony Eccles and Holly Morgenroth
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester: Jennifer Harris
Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery: Francesca Vanke
Museums Sheffield: Lucy Cooper
Touchstones Rochdale: Yvonne Hardman

These nine museums, and their curators, will attend a special preview of COLLECT, Europe's leading fair for international contemporary objects on Thursday 10 May 2012.

Once there they will have just one hour to explore the fair and select the object they most want to see added to their museum’s collection - defending their choice in a presentation to a panel of experts.

The successful curators will then be able to purchase the object from a £75,000 fund.

Last year’s winning institutions were: Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery; Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery; National Museum Cardiff; Leeds Art Gallery; Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery; Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter; Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art; and Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery.

Stephen Deuchar, Director of the Art Fund, said: "The calibre of applications to this edition of Art Fund Collect was exceptional, and the final shortlist speaks superbly of the range and sophistication of curatorial talent in the UK working on the collection and interpretation of contemporary craft.

"We can’t wait to see how each curator will respond to the opportunity presented by the scheme."


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