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Sculpture Adoption Scheme launched
Sculpture Placement Group is giving educational and health organisations, art institutions, charities, housing associations and others the chance to show art works, many of which were commissioned for exhibitions at leading galleries.
The scheme will be piloted at the group’s Sculpture Showroom exhibition as part of Glasgow International 2018, and takes place at Glasgow Sculpture Studio. A selection of works in search of new guardians will be on display and others will feature in a catalogue which is being compiled by SPG.
Kate V Robertson, one of the three curators and artists behind the project, said: “All over the country there are superb sculptures by respected artists that are hidden away and have no clear future when they could be seen and enjoyed by new and wider audiences.
“The art market puts a lot of emphasis on new work by sculptors with little provision for what happens to pieces after an exhibition is over. Some is destroyed but the artists put much of it into long-term storage. We’ve been talking to artists about whether they would like to give new life to some of their work by offering it for adoption and the response has been great, loads of enthusiasm.”
The three SPG founders, who include curators Michelle Emery-Barker and Martin Craig, were partly inspired by the success of the 2014 Reclaimed – the second life of sculpture exhibition they helped create at the Briggait, in Glasgow.
The adoption scheme has been made possible through support from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund.