Art Fund Collect shortlist announced
James Beighton, curator at mima, with a brooch by Stefano Marchetti purchased by Art Fund Collect in 2011
The Art Fund and the Crafts Council today announce the nine museums in with a chance of acquiring an outstanding work of contemporary craft through Art Fund Collect, the £75,000 scheme which offers UK museums the chance to develop their contemporary craft collections.
Each museum is represented by a curator or curatorial team, who will attend a special preview of COLLECT, Europe’s leading fair for international contemporary objects on Thursday 10 May. In just one hour each curator must explore the fair and select the object they most want to see added to their museum’s collection, finally defending their choice in a presentation to a panel of experts. The successful curators will then be able to purchase the object outright, from a fund worth a total of £75,000.
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
Art Fund Collect was set up jointly by the Art Fund and the Crafts Council in 2008 as a way of boosting public collections with contemporary craft, and developing curatorial expertise and networks within the museum sector. From 2008 to the 2012 edition Art Fund Collect will have enabled the purchase of £350,000 of contemporary craft objects to go directly into the UK’s public collections.
Art Fund Collect will take place on Thursday 10 May 2012, the preview day of COLLECT, organised by the Crafts Council and which is now in its ninth year, with the winners to be announced at 7pm that evening. COLLECT 2012 takes place at London’s Saatchi Gallery and is open to the public 11 – 14 May 2012.
The judging panel for this year’s Art Fund Collect is:
• Anthony Griffiths, Chair, Art Fund Trustee and former Head of Department of Prints & Drawings, the British Museum
• Stephen Deuchar, Director of the Art Fund
• Sir Nicholas Goodison, Former Chairman of the Crafts Council and former Chairman of the Art Fund
• Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director of the Crafts Council
• Tanya Harrod, writer and Associate Research Professor at Bath School of Art and Design
• Jonathan Marsden, Art Fund Trustee and Director of the Royal Collection
Of the nine shortlisted museums, six have previously been shortlisted, with Beaney Art Museum, National Museum of Scotland and Touchstones Rochdale completely new to the scheme. Five of the six previous participants have gone on to be successful in acquiring work through Art Fund Collect (please see Notes to Editors for more details).
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.”
Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director, Crafts Council, said: “We are really pleased with another strong shortlist of institutions wanting to acquire through Art Fund Collect. The scheme has had a great impact on the aspiration of curators in acquiring contemporary craft for collections across the UK. We look forward to their selections on what it always a very exciting day at COLLECT”.
In 2011, eight curators each won an object for their public collections at Art Fund Collect. The 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 & Art Gallery.
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Notes to Editors
Of the nine shortlisted museums for Art Fund Collect 2012, the following have acquired work in previous editions of the programme.
• Aberdeen City Art Gallery
o 2010, £5,600 for Spin by Japanese maker Ritsue Mishima, a highly original hand-blown, spiralling glass piece
o 2009, £26,550 for Neckpiece by Umbria-based British jeweller Jacqueline Ryan. Made from 18-carat gold, enamel and garnet, the piece displays the artist’s interest in natural formations.
• Cardiff, National Museum Wales
o 2011, £7,150 for Homura I (Inferno) by Takahiro Yede. This organic, sculptural piece of metalwork is made from nickel-silver and bronze strips, painstakingly intertwined and hammered into place. Because it resembles the licking of flames, he chose the title Inferno after the making process
o 2009, £6,500 for Red Stripe by British glassmaker Rachel Woodman. Dramatic in its use of colour, the work consists of eight glass tubes on a slate base.
• Exeter, Royal Albert Memorial Museum
o 2011, £10,524 for Secret Life of Plants by Steffen Dam. The delicate, hand-blown objects are encased within a glass panel and inspired by half-decayed bulbs and funghi.
o 2010, £17,000 for Golden Fields of Rice, an intricately crafted, multi-lacquered lidded object with gold motifs by Mutsumi Suzuki.
• Manchester, Whitworth Art Gallery
o 2010, £12,750 for Untitled (Long Indigo Hanging) by Shihoko Fukumoto. This large textile piece is striking in its combination of vivid indigo and paler tones. The material itself comes from a traditional kimono, originally used for every day work.
o 2008, £4,800 for Shadow of the Wall, Gaza by Norma Starszakowna. This textile work is based on a wall of a building in Gaza. It is hung away from the wall to create a shadow as the silk organza allows for areas of translucency and opacity, and the creation of filtered light and shadows.
• Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
o 2011, £8,500 for Kangaroo and Emu Lost in Chintz by Robin Best. This pair of vases by Australian ceramicist Robin Best is inspired by traditional, Oriental ceramic work as well as modern Western design, and the painting technique was developed at the renowned Meissen porcelain centre in Germany.
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