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Own Art makes buying art easier and more affordable than ever

Friday 20th October 2017 at 10am 0 Comments Visual Arts

Pictured launching the Own Art initiative at the RUA are (L-R) Glass artist, Alison Lowry, President of the RUA, Dr Denise Ferran and Head of Visual Arts, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Dr Suzanne Lyle. Image: Pictured launching the Own Art initiative at the RUA are (L-R) Glass artist, Alison Lowry, President of the RUA, Dr Denise Ferran and Head of Visual Arts, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Dr Suzanne Lyle.

Starting or growing your very own art collection has never been easier thanks to ‘Own Art’, an interest free loan scheme supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, which aims to make buying art more accessible.  For the first time, the scheme is available at the 136th Royal Ulster Academy of Arts Annual Exhibition at the Ulster Museum, featuring over 300 artworks as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival.

Own Art makes interest free loans possible for people over the age of 18 in Northern Ireland, who wants to buy artwork by a living artist from galleries that are signed up to the scheme.  It works by letting you spread the cost of the artwork over 10 months, making it more affordable to buy the artwork of your dreams.

Own Art customers are able to borrow anything from £100 to £2,500. The loan can also be used as a part-payment on higher value items, helping to support more ambitious buying.

Speaking about the scheme, Suzanne Lyle, Head of Visual Arts at the Arts Council said;

“Own Art is an affordable way to begin or to grow a personal art collection.  The scheme not only supports local artists through the sale of their works but also opens up the idea of buying artwork to people who may not have thought about it before.  We now have five galleries in Northern Ireland currently offering the scheme to buyers and we would encourage more galleries in the region get involved.”

Own Art is also available at the following galleries in Northern Ireland:

Art can also be purchased from hundreds of Own Art member galleries across the UK, many of which specialise in different types of work from prints and photography to ceramics and jewellery, with many offering availability online also.

For more information and eligibility details or to sign up as a gallery member visit www.ownart.org.uk

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