Since 2011 the Ampersand Foundation has supported a variety of visual art projects across the United Kingdom including exhibitions, acquisitions, and artists’ commissions. The list below is just a small selection of some of these projects.
Groundwork is a three-year project, organised by CAST, bringing internationally celebrated art and artists to Cornwall. The Ampersand Foundation supported the programme of activity that starts in May 2018. This will include exhibitions, new commissions and sited works as the result of field trips, workshops and a learning programme carried out during 2016 and 2017.
Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool
The Liverpool Biennial is the UK’s largest festival of contemporary art. On the 2016 edition of the Biennial, we supported a new commission by Italian artist Lara Favaretto entitled Momentary Monument – The Stone.
The Moving Image Fund for Museums, UK
The Moving Image Fund for Museums is an Art Fund project which 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. Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne and the Whitworth in Manchester are the first two galleries to benefit from the fund. The Ampersand Foundation contributed to the creation of this fund.
National Gallery, London
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 both in 2016 and 2017.
Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
We supported the group exhibition Rights of Nature: Art & Ecology in the Americas (24 Jan - 15 Mar 2015). 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 the acquisition of Mathias Poledna’s Imitation of Life (2013) and a series of acquisitions for the Tate collection in memory of Michael Stanley. This grant allowed Tate to acquire important works by key artists – John Gerrard, David Austen and Abraham Cruzvillegas - who were supported by Michael Stanley throughout his career.
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
As part of NOW, a series of exhibitions that showcase Scottish contemporary art, we supported the Susan Philipsz exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (27 Oct 2017 – 18 Feb 2018). The show included the artist’s 2016 sound work entitled Seven Tears and a series her salt paintings, photographs and other sound works.
South London Gallery, London
We supported the creation of a new permanent public garden designed by the Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco, which opened to the public in autumn 2016. The artist worked alongside the acclaimed architectural practice 6a and plant specialists from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.