Collections Fund at Frieze

Founded in 2012 the Collections Fund is designed to support the acquisition of significant contemporary works to be gifted to Contemporary Art Society museum members across the UK.

A key aim of the scheme is to draw together the knowledge, experience and expertise of private collectors with that of museum curators in a short and intense programme of research leading to an acquisition. The scheme provides curators with a framework for research, including studio visits and discussion with the members of the Collections Fund Committee.

In 2016 the Contemporary Art Society entered a new partnership with Frieze London. This year’s Collections Fund at Frieze will again provide an acquisitions budget of up to £50,000 to purchase a significant work at Frieze London in October 2017. In addition to this, the Contemporary Art Society will provide a research bursary to support the curator’s travel and accommodation. Deadline for applications is 8 May 2017, 10.00.

To find out more about applying please download our call for applications here (pdf)

To download an application form please click here (pdf)


Previous recipients of the Collections Fund scheme have included:

Leeds City Council (with artist Simon Fujiwara) in 2013

Royal Pavilion & Museum, Brighton & Hove, and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (with artist Ben Rivers) in 2014

GoMA, Glasgow (with artist Hito Steyerl) in 2015

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art  (with artists John Akomfrah and Kader Attia) in 2016



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