Hunterian awarded £200,000 from Art Fund’s Moving Image Fund
The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow has been awarded £200,000 from the Art Fund’s Moving Image Fund, which helps museums build their collections of artists’ film and video.
The Moving Image Fund is specifically designed to help museums and galleries across the UK collect and share with audiences the work of contemporary artists working with digital media, video and film.
Stephen Deuchar, Art Fund Director, said:
“Our Moving Image Fund is helping UK museums and galleries to acquire important works in film and video, giving more people access to this increasingly important medium. We thank the generous supporters who have made this possible, and look forward to seeing what The Hunterian acquires.”
Other organisations to benefit from the fund include Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, and the Whitworth, Manchester.
Steph Scholten, Director of The Hunterian said:
“The Hunterian is delighted to be among the organisations supported by the Moving Image Fund. We are extremely grateful to the Art Fund and its partners for this award which will allow us to expand our world-class collections and further deepen our engagement with contemporary art.”
Dr Dominic Paterson, Curator of Contemporary Art at The Hunterian said:
“The support of the Moving Image Fund will be really transformative for The Hunterian’s ability to collect contemporary art and to share artworks of the highest quality with our audiences. The fact that we will also be able to commission a new moving image work in partnership with Film and Video Umbrella as part of this award makes it especially exciting. I’m so pleased to have been given this opportunity by Art Fund.”
The Hunterian is home to one of the most distinguished public art collections in Scotland. Although best known for its Whistler and Mackintosh collections, it has developed an important collection of works by leading contemporary artists including Lucy Skaer, Ilana Halperin, Mat Collishaw, Mark Dion and Christine Borland.
Works acquired to date through the Moving Image Fund include: Isaac Julien’s Ten Thousand Waves (2010) jointly acquired by Towner Art Gallery and the Whitworth and Omer Fast’s 5,000 Feet is Best (2011) jointly acquired by Towner Art Gallery and IWM.
About Moving Image Fund
Launched in 2015, the Moving Image Fund is a scheme conceived by the Art Fund in partnership with Thomas Dane Gallery to respond to the challenges faced by UK museums in building their collections of moving image works. As artists’ use of digital media, video and film continues to increase, so does the desire of museums and galleries to reflect this growing body of work in their collections and to share it with the public. In the current climate, museums and galleries struggle to raise funds for new acquisitions of any kind, of which artists’ film and video pose an even greater challenge as they are expensive to produce and technically complex to exhibit. The Moving Image Fund addresses this growing need by empowering museums to secure impactful and relevant works.
Art Fund is the national fundraising charity for art. In the past five years alone Art Fund has given £34 million to help museums and galleries acquire works of art for their collections. Art Fund is independently funded, with the core of its income provided by 123,000 members who receive the National Art Pass and enjoy free entry to over 240 museums, galleries and historic places across the UK, as well as 50% off entry to major exhibitions and subscription to Art Quarterly magazine. In addition to grant giving, Art Fund’s support to museums includes Art Fund Museum of the Year (won by The Hepworth Wakefield in 2017) and a range of digital platforms.
Find out more about Art Fund and the National Art Pass at www.artfund.org
First published: 30 November 2017