Contemporary Art Society supports contemporary artists through the promotion of collecting and commissioning by individuals, and public and private bodies across the UK. It acquires works by living artists for gift to public galleries and provides professional development for curators and opportunities to both acquire and commission museum-quality works of contemporary art and craft. Our funding supports core costs.
Winner of the Contemporary Art Society Annual Award for Museums 2011
The Winner of the Contemporary Art Society's Annual Award for Museums of £60,000 'commission to collect' is Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery with artist Christina Mackie.
The winner was announced by Cornelia Parker OBE on 14 November 2011 at the Contemporary Art Society Annual Award Reception held at the German Gymnasium, London.
2011 Selectors were Adam Chodzko (Artist), Maurice Davies (Head of Policy, Museums Association), Rosy Greenlees (Director, Crafts Council) and Michael Stanley (Director, Modern Art Oxford).
The Shortlist for 2011 was as follows:
• National Museum Wales (Cardiff) with Artes Mundi - Proposal with artist Andrea Büttner
• Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery - Proposal with artist Christina Mackie
• Shipley Art Gallery - Proposal with artist Matthew Darbyshire
• Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool - Proposal with artist Wael Shawky
• University of Warwick Art Collection - Proposal with artist Katie Paterson
Previous winners include the Hepworth Wakefield and Wolverhampton Art Gallery for their proposal with Luke Fowler and Museums Sheffield, the Graves Art Gallery with Katerina Seda.
This Award is the largest donation made specifically to a museum to enable them to work closely with their selected artist to directly commission a new work for a public collection.
This is another initiative that meets the Contemporary Art Society's mission to develop public collections of contemporary art across the UK. The charity has gifted over 8,000 works over a period of 100 years, supporting artists when they were young and little known and ensured that some of the most important works are represented in collections across the UK.
For further information on the Contemporary Art Society go to: http://www.contemporaryartsociety.org
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