FUNDING NEWS: ArtFund’s Moving Image Fund

Launched back in September 2015 as a pilot scheme in response to the challenges faced by 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.  Just over six months after its launch, the scheme has been hailed a great success with several regional museums benefitting from financial support to expand their film collections.

The Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne and the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester have jointly acquired Isaac Julien’s Ten Thousand Waves – a film made in tribute to the Chinese cockle-pickers who died at Morecambe Bay.

The Moving Image Fund’s pilot initiative has given £180,000 each to the Whitworth and Towner Art Gallery to collect film and video. Both institutions are in the process of making further acquisitions.

Isaac Julien said: “Ten Thousand Waves is a piece that began its life in the North of England and its homecoming is incredibly meaningful for me.”

The Towner Art Gallery and the Imperial War Museum also jointly purchased Omer Fast’s film 5,000 Feet is the Best with money from the Art Fund’s New Collecting Award Scheme.

Stephen Deuchar, the director of the Art Fund, said: “Given the pressure regional museums are under right now, it is imperative that we do all we can to help them continue investing in building up the national collections.”

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