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.
Valeria Napoleone XX Contemporary Art Society
Valeria Napoleone XX Contemporary Art Society is a joint initiative of philanthropist Valeria Napoleone and the Contemporary Art Society and will purchase and donate a significant work by a living female artist to a UK museum each year.
A major new scheme that aims to address the absence in UK regional museums of works by British artists who have established international reputations over the last 20 years.
Collections Fund at Frieze
The Collections Fund at Frieze is designed to support the acquisition of significant contemporary works worth up to £50,000 to be gifted to Contemporary Art Society Museum Members across the UK.
Contemporary Art Society Annual Award (2009-2015)
Our Annual Award offers £40,000 to a regional museum to commission a major new artwork for their permanent collection.
The Cathy Wills Sculpture Fund
Initiated in 2011, the fund enabled five museums in the North West of England to develop their collections with contemporary sculpture through co-acquiring works.