Arts Council Collection Unveils 2017 List Of Works Acquired For The Nation




The Arts Council Collection has unveiled the full list of 45 works by 29 artists that it has acquired for the nation in 2016-2017. Among the highlights are significant works by Phyllida Barlow (untitled: dunce, 2015), Andy Holden (Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape, 2011-16), Aleksandra Mir (ISS 0004, 2016) and Yinka Shonibare (The Crowning, 2007).

It was a noteworthy year for artists generously gifting major works to be seen in galleries around the country: Oscar Murillo donated his painting catalyst #13, 2016; Phyllida Barlow, who this year will represent Britain at the Venice Biennale, gifted two drawings – untitled: cementpost, 2015 and untitled: frames, 2015; Matthew Darbyshire and Ryan Mosley also gifted works, as did the estates of Jacqueline Morreau and Joanna Price. Simon Starling’s Project for a Rift Valley Crossing, 2015-16 has acquired for the collection thanks to a bequest from the estate of Elfrida Louise Thornton.

The quality of the work is a testament to the strength of our visual arts practice in the UK – Jill Constantine, Director of the Arts Council Collection

British artist Ryan Mosely said: “When the Arts Council Collection acquired my painting Northern Ritual in 2012, they were the first public institution to invest in my work. As part of an Arts Council Collection touring exhibition, it was then seen by over 185,000 people. I wanted to show how important this milestone was to me as an artist and chose to gift two paintings to the Arts Council: Collection – Bones of Time(2013) and James (2016).”

The Arts Council Collection supports and promotes British art and artists by buying their work at an early or critical stage in their career. The Acquisitions committee also purchased two mixed-media works by Simeon Barclay, An Arrangement on Blue (Swamp Rat Skank), 2015 and Handicap, 2016; Seamus Harahan’s Cold Open (Version 1), 2014; a trio of works by London-based Mawuena Kattah; and Charlotte Prodger’s BRIDGIT, 2016. All the artists acquired have demonstrated innovative practices across a varied range of media.

Works from the Collection – spanning video, photography, installation, painting, computer animation and sculpture – are loaned to galleries and public institutions throughout the country. Over 2 million people have seen 1,423 works lent by Arts Council Collection to 144 venues, including 64 works to 17 international venues, throughout last year. The newly acquired works on the list (detailed below) are available to borrow with immediate effect.

Phyllida Barlow untitled: dunce, 2015

Phyllida Barlow untitled: dunce, 2015

Jill Constantine, Director of the Arts Council Collection, said: “2016-2017 has been another great year for the Arts Council Collection. We have again bought from artists working in different parts of the country and the quality of the work is a testament to the strength of our visual arts practice in the UK today. We have also been fortunate enough to have been given a number of important works by artists or their estates this year. This strengthens the Arts Council Collection and allows, even more, work to be seen and enjoyed by the public in our galleries and public buildings across the land.”

Peter Heslip, Director, Visual Arts, Arts Council England, said: “As the nation’s lending library of art – and in constant demand – our collection is a national resource for museums and galleries everywhere and remains ever-more popular with the public. At a time when there are changes afoot in the art market, it is more important than ever that public collections are able to take risks on different practices and supporting artists at every stage of their career. Arts Council England is particularly proud to have a committee which invests substantial time researching artists all over the UK.”

Recommendations to purchase innovative works of art that reflect artistic practice in Britain today are made by a changing group of external advisors to the Arts Council Collection Acquisitions Committee. For 2016-17 they were: Helen Legg, Director, Spike Island, Bristol; Helen Pheby, Senior Curator, Yorkshire Sculpture Park; Morgan Quaintance, writer and curator; and Bedwyr Williams, artist. The four permanent members of the acquisitions committee are: Maria Balshaw (Chair), Director of the Whitworth, University of Manchester and Manchester City Galleries; Jill Constantine, Director, Arts Council Collection; Peter Heslip, Director, Visual Arts, Arts Council England; and Ralph Rugoff, Director, Hayward Gallery, London.

FULL LIST OF WORKS ACQUIRED BY ARTS COUNCIL COLLECTION 2016-17  For more information on the artists and works listed, download the 2016-17 Arts Council Collection acquisitions brochure here:http://www.artscouncilcollection.org.uk/collection/new-acquisitions

Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, FF Gaiden: Delete, 2016 Ultra HD colour video, Stereo Sound, 16:9, 33 min

Simeon Barclay, An Arrangement on Blue (Swamp Rat Skank), 2015 Aluminium, vinyl adhesive, acrylic, 117.5 x 175 x 2.5 cm

Simeon Barclay, Handicap, 2016 Multicolour neon, 90 x 40 x 2.5 cm

Phyllida Barlow, untitled: dunce, 2015 Timber, polystyrene, paint, paper, wire mesh, cement, plaster, scrim, polyurethane foam, plywood, bonding plaster, polyurethane foam

Phyllida Barlow, untitled: cementpost, 2015 Acrylic on watercolour paper, 24 x 32 cm (Gifted by the artist)

Phyllida Barlow, untitled: frames, 2015 Acrylic on watercolour paper, 23.9 x 32 cm (Gifted by the artist)

Rana Begum, No. 429 SFold, 2013 Paint on mirror finish steel, 55 x 62 x 19 cm

Matthew Darbyshire, CAPTCHA No. 21 – Doryphoros, 2015 Multi-wall polycarbonate, 224 x 75 x 75 cm (Gifted by the artist)

Sean Edwards, Maelfa, 2010 Single channel video, 15 min, Edition 1 of 3 + 2 AP

Tim Etchells, City Changes, 2008 20 inkjet prints, 21 x 30 cm (each) Denzil Forrester, Cottage Lover, 1997 Oil on canvas, 183 x 122 cm

Gareth Griffith, Balzac’s Hardon, 2016-17 Wooden board, paint, plastic, metal, 36 x 53 x 10 cm

Gareth Griffith, Go La, 2016-17 Plastic board, paint, 26 x 15 x 12 cm

Gareth Griffith, Keninld, 2016-17 Wooden board, paint, plastic, mirror, ceramic, 30 x 96 x 18 cm

Gareth Griffith, Walking Konrad, 2012 Plastic, 28 x 18 x 18 x 17 cm

Seamus Harahan, Cold Open (Version 1), 2014 Single-channel video, 13 min, 28 sec

Andy Holden, Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape, 2011-16 Two channel projected film, 57 min, Edition 7 of 7 + Exhibition Copy

Mawuena Kattah, Auntie Amelia, 2016 Watercolour on paper, 47 x 43 cm

Mawuena Kattah, Me and Mum Looking at the Pots, 2016 Watercolour on paper, 51 x 38.5 cm

Mawuena Kattah, Auntie Comfort, 2016 Watercolour on paper, 47 x 43 cm

Sophie Michael, The Watershow Extravaganza, 2016 16mm film with optical sound, 10 min 30 sec, Colour, 1:1.33, 24fps, Edition 1 of 5

Stuart Middleton, I am just going outside, I may be some time, 2016 Stop motion animation with sound, 6 min 22 sec, Edition 1 of 5 + 2 AP

Aleksandra Mir, ISS 0004, 2016 Fibre-tipped pen on paper, 70 x 100 cm

Aleksandra Mir, ISS 0007, 2016 Fibre-tipped pen on paper, 70 x 100 cm

Aleksandra Mir, ISS 0014, 2016 Fibre-tipped pen on paper, 70 x 100 cm

Jacqueline Morreau, Fleeing Woman III, 1981 Charcoal on paper, 76 x 56 cm (Gifted by the artist’s estate)

Ryan Mosley, James, 2016 Oil on linen on board, 52 x 42 cm (Gifted by the artist)

Ryan Mosley, Bones of Time, 2013 Oil on linen, 100 x 80 cm (Gifted by the artist)

Oscar Murillo, catalyst #13, 2016 Oil, oil stick and dirt on canvas, 255 x 215 cm (Gifted by the artist and David Zwirner Gallery)

Karl Ohiri, How to Mend a Broken Heart, 2013 21 defaced photographs, 1 wedding photograph, 19.5 x 23.5 cm (mounted)

Ciara Phillips, Things I associate with you, 2014 Screen print on unstretched canvas with canvas appliqué, 87 x 66.5 cm

Ciara Phillips, Things I associate with you, 2014 Screen print on unstretched canvas, 87 x 66.5 cm

Ciara Phillips, Things I associate with you, 2014 Screen print on unstretched canvas with hand-woven tweed appliqué, 87 x 66.5 cm

Amalia Pica, Catachresis #77 (teeth of the saw, leg of the table, leg of the chair, head of the screw), 2016 Found materials, 80 x 61 x 31 cm

Amalia Pica, Catachresis # 40 (teeth of the rake, leg of the chair, leg of the table, head of the screw), 2013 Found materials, 147.5 x 60 x 60 cm

Joanna Piotrowska, III / FROWST, 2014 Silver gelatin hand print, Edition of 3 + 2 AP, 90 x 70 cm

Joanna Piotrowska, I / FROWST, 2014 Silver gelatin hand print, Edition of 7 + 3 AP, 41 x 51 cm

Joanna Piotrowska, XV / FROWST, 2014 Silver gelatin hand print, Edition of 7 + 3 AP, 41 x 51 cm

Joanna Piotrowska, Untitled, 2014 Silver gelatin hand print, Edition of 7 + 3 AP, 61 x 50 cm

Joanna Price, The Draftsman’s Rule, 1987 Oil on cotton duck, 128 x 152 cm (Gifted by the artist’s estate)

Charlotte Prodger, BRIDGIT, 2016 Single channel HD video, 32 min, Edition 1 of 3 + 2 AP

Yinka Shonibare, The Crowning, 2007 Wax printed cotton textile, shoes, coir matting, artificial silk flowers, 160 x 280 x 210 cm (Acquired in honour of Sir Peter Bazalgette)

Simon Starling, Project for a Rift Valley Crossing, 2015-16 A canoe built to cross the Dead Sea Rift between Israel and Jordan using 90 kg of magnesium produced from 1900 litres of Dead Sea water, Production still the Dead Sea, 2016 (Acquired with the support of the Thornton Bequest)

Mark Aerial Waller, Phantom Avantgarde, 2010 Black and white 16mm film transferred to digital video. Display case, wood structure with mirror foil and projection screen with video collage, 8 min 50 sec, Edition 2 of 2 + 1 AP

Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Estate, a Reverie, 2015 Single channel HD video, 82 min, Edition 1 of 3 + 1 AP

 

 


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