Leave a Legacy or Gift an Artwork

The Eric and Jean Cass Gift (2008-to present)
The Eric and Jean Cass Gift (2008-to present), Eric and Jean Cass have dedicated over 35 years of their lives to supporting artists. Over this time they have built up an outstanding and very personal collection of over 300 sculptures, ceramics, drawings prints and paintings. Over the coming year public collections will benefit from the Cass’s generosity as we start to distribute more work from their wonderful collection., 2012, photo by:Douglas Atfield

Legacies and gifts, however big or small, are a vital source of income to enable us to continue our valuable work in supporting public collections of contemporary art throughout the UK. By leaving a legacy or gift to the Contemporary Art Society you will benefit over 90 public collections that are actively developing their historic and modern collections through acquisitions of contemporary art.

Legacies: Leave a Gift in your Will
Legacies can be either a bequest of a specific work of art, a bequest of a collection of works or a financial donation – all are important ways of supporting our charitable aims and are the foundation of arts giving in this country.

Legacies are also increasingly tax effective: In 6 April 2012 changes to Government policy meant that any estate which leaves at least 10% to charitable causes will be able to take advantage of a reduced rate in Inheritance Tax (IHT) from 40% (its current level) down to 36%. Legacy giving is being promoted by the Legacy10 campaign.

Legacy stories:

The Edward Marsh Bequest (1953)
Sir Edward Marsh believed that significant art work should be publicly available to audiences across the country. In 1953 he bequeathed to the Society his entire collection for distribution to public collections, including works by Stanley Spencer, Duncan Grant, Ivon Hitchens and Vanessa Bell.

“Every available inch of wall space was occupied. Pictures began in the hall, ran up the stairs, along the passage, and were only pulled up short by the bathroom. E.M. was the first real collector I met and I remember thinking to myself, if all collectors collect in this way we shall all live happy ever afterwards”Paul Nash reflecting on his stay with Edward Marsh’s in 1914. Paul Nash, Outline. An Autobiography and other writings (London, 1949)

Legacy of an Estate: The Tom Bendhem Bequest (2007)
Artist and collector Tom Bendhem was a member of the Contemporary Art Society committee from 1984 to 1992. After his death in 2004 he bequeathed to the Society his entire collection, including works by Philip King, Langlands and Bell and David Mach and also his property.

“Tom was a unique figure in my life, and I’m sure in the lives of the many artists he befriended. We must all miss his commitment, his passion, his belief in the transforming power of art, and of the absolute necessity of keeping at it, whatever the difficulties and discouragements” artist William Tucker remembering Tom Bendhem in 2004.

Legacy in Memoriam: A Gift by David and Maggi Gordon in Memory of Max Gordon (2005)
Max Gordon was a member of the Contemporary Art Society committee in 1974. In 2005, in memory of their relative, David and Maggi Gordon donated two works Samizdat (1984) by Mark Wallinger (gifted to Worcester Art Gallery) and Still Life with Skull and Pears (1951) by Keith Vaughan (gifted to the John Creasey Collection, Salisbury).

Dr Ronald Lande Bequest (2010-2011)
In 2010 the Contemporary Art Society received a bequest from Dr Ronald Lande of David Hockney’s A Rake’s Progress, and seven paintings by Keith Vaughan. As a result six museums have benefited from his gift.

Gift an Artwork to the Contemporary Art Society
It is possible to donate art works to the Contemporary Art Society for distribution to over 90 UK public collections in your lifetime. This has the added benefit of allowing you to witness the enjoyment of your artwork/s by audiences across the country. We have unrivalled knowledge of these public collections. By working with us you can be confident that we can find the right museum or gallery to place your artworks where they will be cared for, shown and expertly curated.

Gift Stories:

Eric and Jean Cass (2008-to present)
Eric and Jean Cass have dedicated over 35 years of their lives to supporting artists. Over this time they have built up an outstanding and very personal collection of over 300 sculptures, ceramics, drawings prints and paintings. Over the coming year public collections will benefit from the Cass’s generosity as we start to distribute more work from their wonderful collection.

Dasha Shenkman (2005)
A long-standing patron and supporter of the Contemporary Art Society, Dasha Shenkman has gifted a number of important works to the Society, including Litho by Jean Arp (gifted to Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford), four etchings by Frank Auerbach (gifted to Swindon Art Gallery) and Spoon to Spoon II by Bruce McClean (gifted to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery).

Further Information:
We are very happy to talk through the various options with you, whether this might be leaving a financial gift in your will or donating a particular work of art. All conversations will be confidential. Please contact Caroline Douglas, Director, +44 (0)20 7017 8400 or email caroline@contemporaryartsociety.org

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