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Calling all Curators, Galleries and Museums! Arts Council launches Art Lending Scheme

Friday 21st December 2018 at 3pm 0 Comments Visual Arts

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has launched its Art Lending Scheme Image: The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has launched its Art Lending Scheme

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has launched its Art Lending Scheme, a free Art Lending Scheme for curators, museums and galleries across Britain, Ireland and Europe that are interested in exhibiting works from its rich, contemporary art collection.

The Arts Council’s collection holds 500 works by established and emerging visual artists working in, or from,  Northern Ireland.  The Loan Scheme provides an opportunity to bring works out of large collections, where they may not be seen.

Suzanne Lyle, Head of Visual Arts, Arts Council of Northern Ireland said, “Many of the artists represented in the Arts Council’s contemporary art collection have major national and international reputations, such as two-times Turner Prize nominee, Willie Doherty;  Cara Murphy, whose work is included in the Downing Street Sliver Collection; and Colin Davidson, who painted the Queens’ portrait in 2016, Ian Cumberland, and Paul Seawright.

“By offering the Collection for public display, we are helping to showcase the work of our artists and to introduce the public to Northern Ireland’s wealth of creative talent. Curators can curate their own show or the Arts Council’s expert staff can help compile and theme an exhibition suitable for any space. We can provide works in all media, from painting, sculpture, crafts, print, photography and video through to digital art.”

The free public loan scheme is available to organisations and galleries, locally, nationally and internationally and covers loans of single art works up to full exhibitions.  It offers museums and galleries an opportunity to bring a new audience to contemporary works of art and to interpret the Collection material in new ways; potentially becoming a catalyst for education and outreach or bringing other aspects of a theme into play.

To view the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Collection you can see the full list of works available at and for more information on the Arts Council’s Art Lending Scheme email:


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