Art Fund COLLECT Award for Birmingham curators

By on 08/05/2011 in Culture, News

Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery curators Fiona Slattery and Martin Ellis have successfully won funding from Art Fund COLLECT to purchase a contemporary object for BMAG’s collection.

All eight short listed curators were awarded a share of the £75,000 on offer, allowing them to buy outright an object for their public collection.

Art Fund Collect takes place annually on the preview day of COLLECT, the Crafts Council’s international art fair for contemporary objects.

Curators from the eight museums and galleries had special access to the fair at the Saatchi Gallery on May 5th, ahead of VIP and private buyers. They had just one hour to pick an object they wished to purchase, before presenting their selection to a panel of judges..

Stephen Deuchar, Director of the Art Fund, said: “We're delighted that all eight museums and galleries have chosen wonderful pieces this year. It's always a really exciting day, and a unique opportunity for curators from across the country to come together. We were so impressed by the curators' presentations and the vision and ambition they demonstrated. We hope their pieces will be enjoyed by the public for years to come.”

Fiona Slattery and Martin Ellis, Curators of Applied Arts, selected Yukiai (Encounters), 2011 by young Japanese maker Naoki Takeyama, represented by the Yufuku Gallery. This crinkling vessel-shaped form is made from a single sheet of hand-pinched copper, which is then folded before layers of enamel are painted on. The piece is black with yellow flecks on the exterior, with a vivid turquoise interior. It cost £7,950.

See the other winners and the objects that they chose on the Crafts Council website.

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