©David Hockney A Rakes Progress (Portfolio of Sixteen Prints), installation view, Nottingham Contemporary 2010
©Mircea Cantor Hiatus (detail), from the 3 Series 2008
Alexander Georgiou Perifimou Lost on the Frontiers of Hell and Paradise (detail), Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection 1982
Paul Morrison Topocline, from a Gift of 13 Modern and Contemporary Sculptures, 2010
Josef Herman Two Black Birds (detail), Tom Bendhem Bequest 2006
Gifts and Bequests
In his contribution to British Contemporary Art 1910-1990, published to mark the Contemporary Art Society’s 80th year, Joseph Darracott refers to 1960 as ‘golden year’. It was the 50th anniversary and an exhibition was held at Tate Gallery to show many of the works that had been gifted to public collections. Darracott reflects on the exhibition:
"The Marsh Bequest and the Clark gifts shone brightly among the chosen watercolours and drawings".
Edward Marsh’s extremely generous bequest left much of his collection, acquired through his very close support of many artists, to public collections to be distributed through the Contemporary Art Society. And between 1947 and 1951 Sir Kenneth Clark gifted 68 works from his collection to public museums. Both men played an important role within the organisation and since this time one of the most important functions that the organisation serves is to be sure that works, gifted through the Society, will find their way to the right public collections. Historically gifts from members and patrons of the society have had considerable impact on the holdings of public collections.
We continue to work closely with generous individuals who wish to see works from their collection reach a far broader audience in museums across the country. In the last year we have brokered some very important and significant works. In the coming year the Contemporary Art Society will be working with Eric and Jean Cass as they decide, with us, what legacy their collection should have for museums across the UK.
For more information on gifts and bequests please contact Lucy Bayely, Manager of Gifts and Bequests on email@example.com or call 020 7831 3223
Gifted to Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
Donated to UK museums through the Contemporary Art Society, as a bequest from Dr Ronald Lande, in memory of his life partner Walter Urech.
Gifted to the Imperial War Museum
Commissioned by Modern Art Oxford, Arnolfini, and Camden Art Centre as part of the 3 series: 3 artists/3 places/3 years. Generously donated by the artist and commissioning organisations through the Contemporary Art Society, 2011
Gifted to Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery. Commissioned by Modern Art Oxford, Arnolfini, and Camden Art Centre as part of the 3 series: 3 artists/3 places/3 years. Generously donated by the artist and commissioning organisations through the Contemporary Art Society, 2010.
Gifted to Towner, Eastbourne.
Commissioned by Modern Art Oxford, Arnolfini, and Camden Art Centre as part of the 3 series: 3 artists/3 places/3 years. Generously donated by the artist and commissioning organisations through the Contemporary Art Society, 2009
Purchased for The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery by Contemporary Art Society, in memory of Paul Collett, 2010
Gifted to The Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester as a bequest from Dr. Ronald Lande in memory of his life partner Walter Urech
After ten years on loan to IMMA in Dublin, the wonderful Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection was gifted to the Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, facilitated by the Contemporary Art Society.
Nineteen significant works by Dennis Creffield dating from 1970 — 1987 from the bequest of the late private collector MM Lapsley have been gifted to nineteen collections.
Craft works presented to Contemporary Art Society Member Museums by the Contemporary Art Society in 2007.
Tom Bendhem: Collector, the exhibition to honour Tom Bendhem and the art collection he bequeathed to the Contemporary Art Society on his death in 2002, opened in London at the Ben Uri Gallery in late 2004 and toured the country until 28 November 2006. Afterwards the works were distributed to Contemporary Art Society Museum Members.