SCAN supports acquisitions by artists from Scotland
In response to Covid-19, the Government Art Collection (GAC) acquired works by 45 contemporary visual artists from across the UK. The X-UK project celebrates the diversity of creativity around the country, and has supported artists directly during the pandemic.
SCAN worked with artists and curators Peter Amoore, Adam Benmakhlouf, Lucy Byatt, Julie-Ann Delaney and Mason Leaver-Yap.
SCAN director Moira Jeffrey said: “We’re so proud to have played our part in a scheme that will share the work of brilliant artists from Scotland, Atelier E.B, Rabiyah Choudhry, Jamie Crewe and Alberta Whittle, with audiences across the world. This Government Art Collection initiative is supporting artists through the pandemic and telling a richer story about who is making art today, where, how and why.”
Government Art Collection collaborated with national networks in Scotland (SCAN), England (CVAN), Wales (Visual Arts Group Wales) and Northern Ireland (Belfast Visual Arts Forum) on the £230,000 acquisition project which was organised in response to the impact of the pandemic on the visual arts sector.
Each network was asked to nominate outstanding artists in their area to take part in the project which has supported 45 artists and resulted in over 90 works entering the Government Art Collection. These newly-acquired pieces will join the 14,500 other works in the Government Art Collection which are displayed in Government buildings across the four nations, including in No.10 and No.11 Downing Street, and internationally in British Embassies and Residences in a total of 130 countries around the world.
Image credit: Jamie Crewe, A slab – The wild heart of Ireland, 2020. Courtesy of Jamie Crewe and Grand Union, Birmingham. Photograph by Patrick Dandy