Collections Fund at Frieze

Installation view of Dineo Seshee Bopape, Sedibeng, it comes with the rain, 2016. Mixed media, variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut/Hamburg
John Akomfrah, Peripeteia, 2012. Donated to Middlesbrough Institute of Modern art by the Contemporary Art Society through the Collections Fund at Frieze, 2016/17. © Smoking Dogs Films; Courtesy Lisson Gallery
Kader Attia, Dispossession, 2013. Double slide, single slide, and video projection, color, sound. Slide duration: 13 minutes. Video duration: 6 minutes, 43 seconds. Edition of 3. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong
Still from Hito Steyerl, 'Abstract', 2012, Double screen two channel HD video with sound, 7 minutes and 30 seconds. Edition of 7, with 2 APs. Presented to GoMA by the Contemporary Art Society through the Collections Fund, 2015
Ben Rivers, Ah, Liberty!, 2008, 16mm anamorphic / black & white / sound, 20 minutes, edition 2/5. Brighton Museum & Art Gallery with Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 2014. Image courtesy of the artist and Kate MacGarry, London
Simon Fujiwara, Rebekkah (2012), five figures, from an edition of 3 (+ 2AP), terra-cotta dyed, life sized, cast plaster female figures with accompanying video (7mins 33 secs). Presented to Leeds Art Gallery by the Contemporary Art Society through the Collections Fund, 2013. Photo by Joe Plommer
Ayanda Mqakayi Nyanga East Cape Town 2011, from the series Faces and Phases, 2006-present. © Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg
Billie Zangewa, Sweetest Devotion, 2021. Hand-stitched silk collage, 106 x 137 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin.
Sunil Gupta, Sunil and his Parents (Ram & Penny), c. 1974/2018. Pigment print on archival paper, print: 35.6 x 53.3 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Hales Gallery.
Sunil Gupta, Shalini, Rudi, Sunil, Léo, 3425 Stanley, c. 1974. Pigment print on archival paper, print: 26.7 x 40 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Hales Gallery.
Hetain Patel's Baa’s Gold (Family portrait), 2021. Acrylic and lacquer on board, 89 x 125cm.Courtesy of the artist and Copperfield, London.

Founded in 2012 the Collections Fund is designed to support the acquisition of significant contemporary works to be gifted to Contemporary Art Society museum members across the UK.

A key aim of the scheme is to draw together the knowledge, experience and expertise of private collectors with that of museum curators in a short and intense programme of research leading to an acquisition. The scheme provides curators with a framework for research, including studio visits and discussion with the members of the Collections Fund Committee.

In 2016 the Contemporary Art Society entered a partnership with Frieze London, purchasing a significant work, or works, at the fair each year for a selected Museum Member.

We are pleased to share the news that Norwich Castle will be the recipient of the Collections Fund at Frieze 2022 and we look forward to announcing the selected acquisition in October.

Previous recipients of the Collections Fund scheme have included:

Leeds City Council (with artist Simon Fujiwara) in 2013

Royal Pavilion & Museum, Brighton & Hove, and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (with artist Ben Rivers) in 2014

GoMA, Glasgow (with artist Hito Steyerl) in 2015

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art  (with artists John Akomfrah and Kader Attia) in 2016

Towner Art Gallery (with artist Dineo Seshee Bopape) in 2017

The Box, Plymouth (with Kehinde Wiley and Zadie Xa) in 2018

Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery (with Zanele Muholi) in 2019

Harris Museum and Art Gallery (with Sunil Gupta, Hetain Patel and Bille Zangewa) in 2021



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