Great news for the Creative Sector as Hundreds of artworks bought for National Collection

Posted 23.04.21

€1 million worth of contemporary art has been acquired for the National Collection. Hundreds of artworks have been purchased by IMMA in Dublin and the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork.

Crawford Art Gallery in Cork received €400,000 to spend on contemporary art and a sum of €600,000 was allotted to the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, giving a total of €1 million to be spent on works for the National Collection.

The sum was allocated last October and this week the names of the artists, whose work has been purchased, have been announced. In all, 422 art works by 70 artists were purchased following a rigorous acquisition process by both institutions.

Spanning the years 1972-2021, the works consist of paintings, photographic work, drawings, sculpture, installations, moving image, sound work, film, digital work, embroidery and performance.

Minister for Arts Catherine Martin said she was delighted to provide the funding to IMMA and the Crawford Art Gallery so that they can support living artists by the purchase of their work. Ms. Martin also said that she looks forward to the doors of museums and galleries reopening in the coming weeks and that she is hopeful that it will be "not too long" before the public see a wider reopening of the culture sector.

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