InstitutionsAwards 03-04-2017

April 3 | UK ploughs forward funding the arts in Post-Brexit Britain

With Article 50 triggered last Wednesday, Sky Arts initiates a fund to respond to the implications of one of the most dramatic political shifts in the last decade. Meanwhile, six British curators receive huge sum of £300,000 to help enrich the collections of their respective institutions.

Emerging curators receive £300,000 prize via Art Fund

The six winners of the Art Fund’s latest New Collecting Awards program have been announced. Based in Buxton, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London and Rochdale, award recipients will share the £300,000 prize money.

The curators will receive a fund to enable the acquisition of new collections, and support investment into new avenues of collecting within their respective institutions, as well as specific funding dedicated to their own professional development. The award also ensures the ongoing support of Art Fund staff, trustees, and a mentor – providing the UK’s most promising curators with “invaluable access to advice – to help them learn first-hand the art of building museum collections,” says Art Fund director, Stephen Deuchar.

Winners include Mark Doyle, at Touchstones Rochdale, awarded £65,000 to strengthen existing holdings of work by female artists; Louise Stewart, cross-collections curator at the National Portrait Gallery, awarded £40,000 to develop a collection of pre-1600 popular, global and ephemeral portraits; and Megan Barford, at Royal Museums Greenwich, London, awarded £50,000 to build a collection of contemporary cartographic material concerned with forced migration. Details via Art Fund_


Winners of New Collecting Awards programme © Art Fund Top (l-r): Anna Rhodes, Megan Barford, Bronwen Colquhoun, Bottom (l-r): Mark Doyle, Louise Stewart, Martin Goldberg



SkyArts launches £1 million Post-Brexit art fund

Sky Arts, in partnership with Barbican, Sage Gateshead, and the Baltic Contemporary Arts Center, has launched Art 50 – a £1 million art fund commissioning fifty works to explore the question: “What will Britain look like, feel like, be like to live in, when we are no longer members of the European Union?”

Supported by Sky Arts Amplify fund, and set up to encourage arts organizations and production companies to collaborate on new ideas, Art 50 will award artworks between £5,000 and £20,000, but will consider those up to £50,000 across all creative disciplines. The project will culminate in a series of television programs documenting the two-year endeavour, with a festival set for 2019.


SkyArts' Post-Brexit plan



Pioneer of Pop Art, James Rosenquist, passes away

An important protagonist of the Pop Art movement, James Rosenquist has passed away aged 83, reports The New York Times. After suffering from a long illness, Rosenquist passed on Friday at his home in New York.

Alongside iconic figures such as Warhol and Lichtenstein, Rosenquist spearheaded the graphic movement of the early 1960s, a tongue-in-cheek critique of consumer culture, advertising and synthetic entertainment. The artist’s billboard paintings also employed techniques that until then had been associated primarily with commercial and industrial methods of production.  

A solo show on Rosenquist’s work will open at The Museum Ludwig in Cologne on November 18, through March 11 2018.


James Rosenquist, Females and Flowers (1984)



Art dealer Perry Rubenstein pleads no contest to two felony counts of grand theft

A year after his arrest, high-profile art dealer Perry Rubenstein has pleaded no contest to two felony counts of grand theft by embezzlement, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, in a deal that could see him serve little time.

Prosecutors alleged that Rubenstein sold two works by artist Richard Prince, but failed to turn over the proceeds to owner Michael Ovitz, cofounder of the talent agency Creative Artists Agency and former president of Walt Disney. Rubenstein’s sentencing is scheduled for May 22. He faces up to 180 days in jail, three years of probation, and is expected to pay restitution on the works valued at more than $1 million. Details via LA Times.


"Stolen" works: Richard Prince, Nobody’s Home (2005), Untitled (de Kooning) (2006) [from the same series]


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