Recent Acquisitions

Nathaniel Mellors, Ourhouse, Ep.-1: Time (film still), 2016. Courtesy the artist.
News 21 Jan 2016 By Marcus Crofton

Nathaniel Mellors’ most ambitious film to date opens at the Harris Museum, Preston

Mellors won the CAS Annual Award in 2014 and has created an absurdist drama that uses the control of language as its core theme.

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, 2016.
News 8 Jan 2016 By CAS Team

Hito Steyerl film acquired for GoMA, the first work by the artist to enter a UK Collection

Abstract (2012) commemorates a childhood friend of Steyerl’s who became a revolutionary and was killed in the Kurdish region of Turkey in 1998 when fighting for the PKK.

Natalie Dower, Countervail, Installation View, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, 1992. Photo: Elizabeth Chaplin
News 7 Aug 2015 By CAS Team

Natalie Dower’s ‘Red Flyer’ (1989) is Reunited with Mead Gallery, Warwick

Last year, the Contemporary Art Society acquired a significant work by Natalie Dower for the Mead Gallery, University of Warwick Art Collection. The founding collection of the University of Warwick was a group of…

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
News 23 Jun 2015 By CAS Team

Two Significant Films by Ben Rivers Acquired For Royal Pavilion & Museum, Brighton & Hove, and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

‘Ah, Liberty!’ (2008) and ‘Origin of The Species’ (2008) both capture contemplative portraits of individuals living at the margins of society.

Phoebe Cummings - Production Line, 2015 . Clay, rope, wire, pulley (approx. 260cm x 15cm) . Photo: Sylvain Deleu
News 9 Mar 2015 By CAS Team

Recent Acquisition of ‘Production Line, 2015’ Breaks Boundaries in Conventional Museum Collecting

The work is ephemeral, almost a performance, and will only exist in all three collections as an archive which includes time-lapse photography and film.

David Shrigley, Untitled, 2010, Purchased through the Contemporary Art Society’s Acquisition Scheme for Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, 2013. © the artist. Image courtesy Stephen Friedman
News 28 Nov 2013 By CAS Team

Three drawings by David Shrigley purchased for Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford

The Contemporary Art Society has purchased three drawings by Turner Prize nominee David Shrigley as a gift for Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford. The works can be viewed at Cartwright…

Recent Gifts, Acquisitions and Bequests: August 2012
News 15 Aug 2012 By CAS Team

Recent Gifts, Acquisitions and Bequests: August 2012

Mary Redmond, commissioned for Paisley Museum & Art Galleries, and Laure Prouvost, acquired for Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester.

Clare Woods
Recent Acquisitions 6 Jun 2012 By CAS Team

Recent Acquisitions, Gifts and Bequests: May 2012

Eva Rothschild, installation shot: Wandering Palm, 2011,Tombstone, 2011, El Fenix, 2011. Courtesy the artist and The Hepworth Wakefield. Photography: Jerry Hardman Jones
News 13 Mar 2012 By CAS Team

Recent Gifts, Acquisitions and Bequests

Eva Rothschild for the Hepworth Wakefield and Elizabeth Magill for Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

News By CAS Team

Recent Gifts, Acquisitions and Bequests

Andrew Kerr for the Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, University of Glasgow and Keith Vaughn to collections across the UK

Kerry Tribe: The Last Soviet
News 7 Dec 2011 By CAS Team

Recent Acquisitions, Gifts and Bequests

Kerry Tribe, The Last Soviet, acquired for the Imperial War Museum, London and John Smith, The Black Tower acquired for the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull

Acquisition: Haroon Mirza
News 9 Nov 2011 By CAS Team

Recent Acquisitions, Gifts and Bequests

Co-acquired for five national museums and galleries

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