The Box, Plymouth secures major contemporary art award
View by category
View by county
It was announced today in London that The Box, Plymouth has been selected for this year’s Contemporary Art Society’s prestigious Collections Fund Prize.
Founded in 2012, the Collections Fund is one of the highest valued contemporary art awards in the UK and is given to only one member of the Contemporary Art Society each year.
It enables the successful museum or gallery to purchase a significant work of art for their collections at Frieze, a major annual art fair that takes place in London and features more than 160 of the world’s leading galleries.
The Box was selected after a competitive application process open to the Contemporary Art Society’s 70 Museum Members.
Past acquisitions through the Collections Fund have included works by Simon Fujiwara for Leeds Art Gallery (2013); Ben Rivers for Royal Pavilion & Museum, Brighton & Hove, and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (2014); Hito Steyerl for GoMA, Glasgow (2015); John Akomfrah and Kader Attia for mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (2016) and Dineo Seshee Bopape for Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne (2017).
A key aim of the scheme is to draw together the knowledge, experience and expertise of private collectors with that of museum curators in a programme of research the leads to the acquisition.
Over the next few months members of staff from The Box will work with representatives from the Collections Fund Committee to research and select the work which will be announced at Frieze on Wednesday 3 October.
Councillor Peter Smith, Deputy Leader said: “This prestigious award comes at a watershed moment for us and is a fantastic piece of affirmation for The Box in its role as a contemporary visual arts leader. We are thrilled to have been selected and are looking forward to working with the Contemporary Art Society on an acquisition that will provide the catalyst for a really exciting contemporary art collection for Plymouth and the South West.”
Caroline Douglas, Director, Contemporary Art Society, said: “The Box is a wonderfully ambitious project that will triple the size of the former museum and art gallery building. It is going to be a major player in the region and we are delighted to have the chance to make a landmark new acquisition that will be an exciting part of the reopening displays. Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery has been a member of the Contemporary Art Society for 90 years so we are very proud to be working with them as they embark on a whole new era.”
20 Jun 2017
Arts and culture downgraded in ministerial restructure at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport
23 Jun 2017
The results of the 2017 teaching excellence framework (TEF) have been released, with more than 130 UK universities and other higher education institutions being awarded gold, silver or bronze ratings for the quality of their teaching.
27 Jun 2017
Arts Council England have announced their National Portfolio Organisations funding decision, including 103 South West organisations
12 Feb 2018
In March 2018 Arts Council England will be hosting a series of briefing events across England to support museums and galleries to understand and benefit from the Museum and Gallery Exhibitions Tax Relief.
19 Feb 2018
Visual Arts South West is delighted to welcome three new members to its steering group: Zoe Li, Emily Bull and Lara Goodband.
Why the arts make us more employable, and why the creative industries are our international economic life-raft
05 Mar 2018
The Cultural Learning Alliance and The Edge Foundation have released Briefing Paper No. 2: Employability & Enterprise: Why the arts make us more employable, and why the creative industries are our international economic life-raft.
20 Mar 2018
It is announced that Helen Legg, current Director of Spike Island, has been appointed the new Director of Tate Liverpool.
06 Apr 2018
Bristol-based Action Hero – the collaboration of live art and performance makers Gemma Paintin and James Stenhouse – have this week become an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) and announced their ethical working policy.
09 Apr 2018
CVAN want to make sure their national strategic plan is as responsive and effective as possible and so they are currently consulting the regional networks.
29 May 2018
After four decades of evolving visual arts provision in Exeter, Spacex board and staff have taken the difficult decision to close the organisation.
01 Jun 2018
Visual Arts South West is pleased to announce the appointment of two co-Chairs to its Steering Group, succeeding the outgoing Chair, Helen Legg, Director, Spike Island, who is taking up the role of Director at Tate Liverpool.