Louisa Fairclough Bore Song, 2011, and related drawings, 2009-2012. Installation view at the Contemporary Art Society (13 February - 1 March 2013). Photo: Joe Plommer
Clare Woods Hill of Hurdles (detail), 2010. Acquired for Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, 2010-11
Paul Rooney The Futurist (still, detail), 2008. Acquired for the Victoria Gallery & Museum, University of Liverpool 2010-11
Emily Wardill The Diamond Descartes Daughter, 2008 (still, detail). Acquired for Aberdeen Art Gallery, 2009-10
Lindsay Seers The Trilogy, 2005-10 (still, detail). Acquired for Rugby Art Gallery, 2009-10
The Acquisition Scheme
During the last 100 years, the Contemporary Art Society has gifted over 8,000 works to public collections across the UK and Commonwealth countries. The schemes we have offered to acquire and gift works have changed over the years, depending on funds available and the priorities of the time.
The Acquisition Scheme was initiated in 2008 and has been developed to enable us to work closely with collections curators and other museum and gallery staff as we acquire new works with them for their collections.
The programme for Scheme includes:
- The researching of particular artists
- Studio visits
- Assistance with funding applications where additional funds are required beyond the Contemporary Art Society's contribution.
- The support of interpretation relating to the newly acquired works where this is possible.
Over a four-year cycle we will work with the curators of each of the sixty-fiveart collections and thirty craft collections to research and purchase works that fit or extend existing collections. Our tendency is to purchase the work of artists at an earlier stage in the development of their practice. This is a consistent emphasis within our overall programme, for example the Annual Award, commission to collect; the aim of the £60,000 Annual Award is to support a museum to commission and collect the work of an artist who is at a stage in their career where they are showing regularly nationally and internationally but do not yet have major works acquired into public collections.
Bury Art Gallery
Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum
Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery by the Contemporary Art Society
The Hepworth Wakefield
Paisley Museums & Art Galleries
Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery
Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum Wales, Cardiff
Co-owned by The Arts Council Collection, The Herbert Museum & Art Gallery and Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester
Jointly acquired for the collections of Tullie House (Carlisle), Gallery Oldham, the Harris Museum & Art Gallery (Preston), Touchstones Rochdale and Nottingham City Museums.
Rugby Art Gallery and Museum
Mead Gallery, University of Warwick
Victoria Gallery & Museum, University of Liverpool
The Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow
Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museum
Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
South London Gallery
Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool
Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston
New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea
Ferens Art Gallery, Hull