CHOOSE ART Campaign

For one week, from Wednesday 31 March until Wednesday 7th April, one of our inspiring donors will double every pound you give to the CHOOSE ART campaign. So, if you give £60 our generous donor will match this, and the CAS will receive £120 (includes all donations from £1 upwards). We hope you will help us reach our goal of £200,000 to buy new art for UK museums, please donate today to make your donation go even further.

 

Support our CHOOSE ART campaign for artists.

Our CHOOSE ART campaign seeks to make available in excess of £160,000 to UK based artists. The works we acquire will also provide major support to museums and galleries as they prepare to welcome their communities after lockdown.

Donate and receive a T-shirt

A crowdfunding campaign launched on 15 March in collaboration with Katharine Hamnett London, who has designed an exclusive range of her iconic T-shirts to say thank you for donations of more than £60. Click here to find out more.

We believe in the power of art and artists to open our minds to new ideas, connect us with each other and reflect the spirit of the time in which we live. That is why we need to support the artists of today.

Our museums are scheduled to re-open from 17 May in England with opening dates for museums in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to be confirmed. When they do, we will once more have free access to collections that are some of the great treasures of the nation.

The Contemporary Art Society has always been one of the most important investors at grassroots level, directing funds to where they are most needed and championing contemporary artists.

“Over the last twelve months, our sector has gone to extraordinary lengths to connect with the communities we serve. Through door-step projects, living room museums to creative postal making programmes we’ve pivoted, transitioned and hybridised. Our collections have been key providing inspiration, solace and reflection. Remarkably, with CAS’s rapid response collecting programme, this period, for MIMA and other institutions across the UK, has been a time of creative growth. We will not forget what we have learned during this period, and are enormously grateful that, while we have faced the greatest challenge of our careers, the CAS stood by us!” Laura Sillars, Director, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Our CHOOSE ART campaign this year comes at a time when the arts face unprecedented challenges, and our investment is therefore more vital than ever.

Working in collaboration with Katharine Hamnett London and Frieze London the CHOOSE ART campaign will raise funds to buy art that will be donated to local museums and galleries across the country, to welcome back their communities when they reopen to the public.

Museums have a vital role to play in the recovery of high streets and town centres across the country. The museums that we support across the UK welcome 21 million visitors a year. As well as being important attractions in their own right, museums also help to support the wellbeing of the nation. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on creative communities. By buying work from artists we do not just support the individual but the whole artist community: the studio assistants, technicians, art handlers, and smaller galleries that do so much to nurture younger artists in turn.

 

We are grateful to our CHOOSE ART Founder Supporters, who have generously pledged donations ahead of the campaign launch. If you would also like to make a donation this can be done through the link below or by BACS transfer.

To discuss your donation, please contact Dida Tait, Head of External Relations, on +44 (0)7834 320004 or email Dida@contemporaryartsociety.org.

 

CHOOSE ART Founder Supporters

Nicola Blake
Michael Bradley
Marco Compagnoni
Liesl Fichardt
Emma Goltz
Soo and Jonathan Hitchin
Béatrice and James Lupton
The Mbili Charitable Trust
Midge and Simon Palley
Bianca and Stuart Roden
Susan Rosenberg and John Lazar
Dasha Shenkman
Cathy Wills
Edwin and Dina Wulfsohn
Anna Yang

List in formation as of 10 March 2021

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