Valeria Napoleone XX Contemporary Art Society

Valeria Napoleone. Photo: Michael Leckie
Mary Kelly, Antepartum, 1973
Berni Searle, 'Untitled (Red)'. From the 'Colour Me' series, 1998.
Berni Searle, In wake of, 2014, Archival digital print, 100 x 200 cm, Edition 2 of 3 + 2 APs
Aliza Nisenbaum, 'Susan, Aarti, Keerthana and Princess, Sunday in Brooklyn', 2018. Image courtesy the artist and Mary Mary, Glasgow
Martine Syms, still from A Pilot For A Show About Nowhere, 2015

Valeria Napoleone XX Contemporary Art Society (VN XX CAS) is a joint initiative of philanthropist Valeria Napoleone and the Contemporary Art Society. The purpose of the initiative is to support the acquisition of significant works by female artists for Contemporary Art Society Museum Members across the UK.

VN XX CAS acts as a focal point for debate on gender inequality in the arts. It intends to provoke an examination of collecting practice and the wider effect beyond the acquisition of the awarded work.

The scheme purchases and donates a significant work by a living female artist to a UK museum each year. The initiative is open to all Contemporary Art Society Museum Members, and the successful applicant will have made a strong case for addressing the representation of female artists within their existing collections.


Previous VN XX CAS Acquisitions

Read about the 2019/20 VN XX CAS initiative with The Hunterian Museum and artist Alexandra Bircken.

Read about the 2019/20 VN XX CAS initiative with Brighton Art Gallery and artist Mary Kelly.

Read about the 2018/19 VN XX CAS initiative with Manchester Art Gallery and artist Berni Searle.

Read about the 2017/18 VN XX CAS initiative with Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery and artist Aliza Nisenbaum.

Read about the 2016/17 VN XX CAS initiative with Leeds Art Gallery and artist Martine Syms.



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