New Acquisitions

The Arts Council Collection continues to grow through the purchase of new work, 38 works by 21 artists were acquired for the nation in 2019-20.  

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 2019–20 they were: Ryan Gander, artist; Helen Nisbet, Curator and Artistic Director, Art Night; Sally Shaw, Director, Firstsite and Fatoş Üstek, Director, Liverpool Biennial. The Chair of the Acquisitions Committee for 2019– 20 was Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England. The three permanent members of the Acquisitions Committee are: the Director, Arts Council Collection; Peter Heslip, Director, Visual Arts, Arts Council England and Ralph Rugoff, Director, Hayward Gallery, London.

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