UK government launches 10-year art commissioning initiative - Museums Association

UK government launches 10-year art commissioning initiative

Turner-shortlisted artist Hurvin Anderson awarded first commission
Jasper Hart
A 10-year initiative was launched this week by the UK government to promote new work by British artists on the international stage.

The TenTen Commission will see a British artist commissioned every year for the next decade to create a unique print that will be showing in diplomatic buildings across the world. The first commission has been awarded to the Turner Prize-shortlisted artist Hurvin Anderson for his print Still Life with Artificial Flowers.  

The initiative will be overseen by the Government Art Collection (GAC) and Outset Contemporary Art Fund, an independent charity. The philanthropists Sybil Robson Orr and Matthew Orr are sponsoring the project.

A small number of prints will be available for purchase in collaboration with Outset to raise money for the GAC acquisition fund.

Penny Johnson, the director of the GAC, said: “We are very grateful to the Robson Orrs for their vision and to Candida Gertler of Outset, a charity which has long championed our collection’s development, for introducing the initiative and for collaborating with us to develop the concept.”

The director and co-founder of Outset, Candida Gertler, said: “Outset is delighted to have established this fruitful private/public partnership that will continue to grow and flourish as 10 contemporary British artists depict British culture, each year, for 10 years. Outset has always been at the forefront of supporting culture at its very core - the artists, the institutions, the thinkers and the supporters.

“But it is the building of a lasting legacy that is fundamental to these private/public projects, and that led me to conceive the organisation that is Outset. We are going to see a remarkable body of work in 2028, reflecting how the UK navigated these 10 years. We couldn’t be more delighted to be here at the very outset of this significant partnership.”

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