The Collective is a growing network of groups collecting, sharing and enjoying cutting edge contemporary art in their homes or places of work. It was founded in 2002 in London by a group of art professionals and families interested in living with the art of today. It provides one to one professional advice, legally approved guidance and a range of activities designed to help start up and maintain an art collection in groups.
The Collective enables its members to tap into new artistic scene, offering an alternative, enjoyable pathway into the art market. Members often go on to buy work individually. Mostly, groups prioritise upcoming artists, although some have acquired works by established practitioners including Fiona Banner, Tracy Emin, Peter Doig and Paul McCarthy. New work is usually purchased only after a number of meetings with the artists in their studios or galleries.
- Nurture the collection of contemporary art for domestic and workplace contexts
- Make collecting a more affordable, socially inclusive activity
- Encourage adults, young people and children to build their knowledge of contemporary art by living with it, meeting artists and visiting exhibitions
- Build bridges between new audiences, the art market and artists
- Grow a larger, culturally diverse constituency of collectors
- Provide support for emerging artists and curators
The Collective is now expanding beyond its founding group in London and is seeking new members to establish their own buying groups in different parts of the country. The Collective aims to become a national web-based network of buying groups, providing information, links and advice to new groups and organising exchanges, joint events and exhibitions.
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