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. The Collections Fund at Frieze provides an acquisitions budget of up to £50,000 to purchase a significant work at Frieze London. In addition to this, the Contemporary Art Society provides a research bursary of £2,000 to support the curator’s travel and accommodation. Please note that all transport, crating and conservation costs must be covered by the museum.
Previous recipients of the Collections Fund scheme have included: