The Moving Image Fund for Museums
The Moving Image Fund for Museums aims to help UK museums in building their collections of moving-image works. The first scheme of its kind in the UK, it aims to ensure that the most significant works of contemporary film and video art can be bought for public collections. It is an Art Fund project conceived in partnership with and supported by Thomas Dane Gallery. Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne and the Whitworth in Manchester are the first two galleries to benefit from the fund. Currently in its pilot phase, The Ampersand Foundation contributed to the creation of this fund.
We supported the Simon Starling exhibition. It is the Turner Prize Winner’s largest exhibition in the UK to date and it is part of the second season of The Grand Tour, an Arts Council / Visit England Cultural Destinations-funded project.
The National Gallery is the only remaining museum in the UK to have its own in-house Framing Department and it is at the forefront internationally in its approach to framing its world renowned collection of Old Master paintings. We contributed towards the National Gallery Framing Acquisitions Fund.
We supported the Sun Ra exhibition which presented the visual dimension of the artist’s life and work to the British public for the first time. Drawn from major archives of Sun Ra’s work, the exhibition featured original drawings, poems, writings and record covers, as well as a listening station and stills and sequences from Space is the Place.
We have pledged to support the exhibition by Turner Prize winner Simon Starling taking place on March 2016 as part of the The Grand Tour, a regional arts programme in the East Midlands.
Liverpool Biennial presents the UK’s largest festival of contemporary art. We are supporting Lara Favaretto’s commission for the forthcoming 2016 edition of the Biennial.
South London Gallery
We supported the creation of a new permanent public garden designed by the Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco, which will open to the public in autumn 2016. The artist will be working alongside the acclaimed architectural practice 6a and plant specialists from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew
We supported the Jimmie Durham exhibition. This major survey show at the Serpentine Gallery highlighted the artist multidimensional practice, including sculpture, drawing and film. Alongside new sculptures and key installations, the exhibition showed a group of early works that have never been exhibited in the UK.
We supported La Escuela del Sur, a major new commission by Venezuelan-born artist Sol Calero at Studio Voltaire, and her largest exhibition to date. Calero’s practice stems from her South American heritage and migration to Europe
PEER is a small-scale contemporary visual arts organisation, commissioning imaginative and ambitious arts projects by international, established and young artists in the heart of East London. We made a long-term commitment to them which enabled them to create a much needed deputy director post.
We supported the group exhibition Rights of Nature: Art & Ecology in the Americas. This research-intensive exhibition included works by 20 artists, all with links to the Americas, from the Central Andes to Alaska. It explored how an international, cross generational grouping of artists and artist-collectives are participating in the transformation of how we think and act against the prospect of catastrophic climate change and the destruction of living systems on this planet.
We supported two installations in the Sunley Gallery at Turner Contemporary by the Mexican artists Carlos Amorales and Pedro Reyes. The show was part of The Year of Mexico in the UK and the UK in Mexico in 2015.
We supported Jose Damasceno’s site-specific project PLOT. Damasceno’s project at the interior of the Holborn Central Library focused on the ideas of imaginative journeying and exploration.